Dr Donald Wood

Dr Donald Wood
MA (Fuller Theological Seminary); MPhil, DPhil (Oxford)


Dr Donald Wood
Dr Donald Wood

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen. AB24 3UB

Research Interests

In the most general terms, my research focuses on central issues in Christian dogmatics and on the more recent history of Christian theology in the West. I have a particular interest in the doctrine of scripture and in the transformation of that doctrine in modern theology. I also have an ongoing interest in the theology of Karl Barth: Following on from earlier work on Barth's theology of scriptural interpretation, I currently am working particularly on Barth's writing from the 1920s, looking at his exegetical and historical work, as well as some neglected themes in his dogmatics.



Teaching Responsibilities

I currently offer an introductory course in Christian doctrine as well as seminars on creation and eschatology and on the doctrine of scripture. I lead a postgraduate seminar on the use of the Bible in Christian theology.

In recent years, I have taught a module on the nature and authority of scripture in the Reformed tradition as part of the Aberdeen/Pittsburgh Theological Seminary DMin programme. And I have coordinated and/or taught on several other undergraduate courses, including seminars on Scottish theology, modern Christian doctrine, and christology and soteriology.

Further Info

Admin Responsibilities

School Director of Teaching and Learning
Programme Coordinator, MTh in Systematic Theology



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Working Papers and Discussion Papers

Working Papers

  • Wood, D. & Gilland, D. (2013). 'The Christian Confession of God in the World of the Religions'. University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen.
    [Online] AURA: DonaldWood.pdf

Contributions to Journals


  • Wood, D. (2013). ''An extraordinarily acute embarrassment': the doctrine of angels in Barth’s Göttingen Dogmatics'. Scottish Journal of Theology, vol 66, no. 3, pp. 319-337.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S003693061300015X
  • Wood, D. (2012). 'Maker of Heaven and Earth'. International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol 14, no. 4, pp. 381-395.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2400.2012.00658.x
  • Wood, D. (2005). 'Ich Sah mit Staunen: Reflections on the Theological Substance of Barth's Early Hermeneutics'. Scottish Journal of Theology, vol 58, no. 2, pp. 184-198.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0036930605000980
  • Wood, D. (2002). 'The Place of Theology in Theological Hermeneutics'. International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol 4, no. 2, pp. 156-171.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/1463-1652.00078

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings


  • Wood, D. (2016). Angels and Immortality. in PG Ziegler (ed.), Eternal God, Eternal Life: Theological Investigations into the Concept of Immortality. Bloomsbury T&T Clark.
  • Wood, D. & Gilland, DA. (2014). Christliche Gotteslehre in der Welt der Religionen. in M Muehling (ed.), Gott und der Götter in den Weltreligionen: Christentum, Judentum, Islam, Hinduismus, Konfuzianismus, Buddhismus. Grundwissen Christentum, no. 5, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 27-73.
    [Link] http://www.v-r.de/de/gott_und_goetter_in_den_weltreligionen/t-0/1012014/
  • Wood, D. (2014). Scripture. in K Eilers & K Strobel (eds), Sanctified by Grace: A Theology of the Chrisitian Life., 9, Bloomsbury T&T Clark, London/New York, pp. 141-156.
    [Link] http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sanctified-by-grace-9780567168696/
  • Wood, D. (2012). This Ability: Barth on the Concrete Freedom of Human Life. in B Brock & J Swinton (eds), Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader. Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., Cambridge.

Entries for Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

  • Wood, D. (2016). Karl Barth. Der Römerbrief (1919 und 1922). in O Wischmeyer (ed.), Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken: Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart., 10, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston, pp. 867-878.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1515/9783110330274-074
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