Dr Katherine Hockey

Dr Katherine Hockey

Kirby Laing Post Doc Fellow

Dr Katherine Hockey
Dr Katherine Hockey

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen (KCF26) King's College
University of Aberdeen
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Katherine joined the school of Divinity, History and Philosophy in September 2017 as the Kirby Laing Postdoctoral Fellow in New Testament Studies. Before moving to Aberdeen, between 2015-2017, she worked with Prof David Horrell at the University of Exeter as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on his AHRC (UK) funded project entitled ‘Ethnicity, Race, and Religion in Early Christian and Jewish Identities: A Critical Examination of Ancient Sources and Modern Scholarship’. Katherine gained her PhD in 2016 from Durham University under the supervision of Prof John Barclay. Her AHRC (UK) funded thesis utilised ancient Greco-Roman philosophy and rhetoric along with developments in the field of modern emotion studies to explore the role of emotions in the rhetorical discourse of 1 Peter.


Research Interests

Katherine is interested, more broadly, in the formation and shaping of Early Christian idenitity. More specifically this includes interest in:

  • 1 Peter and the Catholic Epistles
  • Emotion Studies and the New Testament
  • Ancient philosophical ethics (esp. of emotion)
  • Rhetoric and the New Testament

Current Research

During her time as Kirby Laing Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Katherine hopes to extend her work on emotions in the New Testament by invesitgating themes of anger and non-retaliation across a range of NT texts with the aim of uncovering various Early Christian responses to hostility and loss.


Teaching Responsibilities

Jesus in History and Culture (2017-18)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Katherine is on the Steering Committee of the Bible and Emotion Group at the Society of Biblical Literature.

Admin Responsibilities

Katherine is Co-convenor with Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer of Sophia: DRS Women's Network. 

Sophia is a new initiative that seeks to create a supportive environment for female post-graduate students and staff within Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

See https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/divinity-religious-studies/sophia-drs-womens-network-1657.php



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Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Hockey, KM. (2017). The Missing Emotion: The Absence of Anger and the Promotion of Nonretaliation in 1 Peter. in FS Spencer (ed.), Mixed Feelings and Vexed Passions: Exploring Emotions in Biblical Literature. Resources for Biblical Study, vol. 90, SBL Press, Atlanta, pp. 331-353.
  • Hockey, KM. (2017). 1 Peter 4.16: Shame, Emotion and Christian Self-Perception. in KM Hockey, MN Pierce & F Watson (eds), Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews. The Library of New Testament Studies, vol. 587, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London and New York, pp. 27-40.

Books and Reports


  • Hockey, KM. & Horrell, DG. (eds) (2018). Ethnicity, Race, Religion: Identities and Ideologies in Early Jewish Texts, and in Modern Biblical Interpretation. Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London and New York.
  • Hockey, KM., Pierce, MN. & Watson, F. (eds) (2017). Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews. The Library of New Testament Studies, vol. 587, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London and New York.
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