Professor Grant MacAskill
Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis
Grant Macaskill (Ph.D, Uni. St Andrews, 2005) was appointed to the Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis in 2015. Prior to this, he had taught as Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of St Andrews, where he had completed both his doctoral and postdoctoral projects. His work engages with the New Testament as a coherent body of theological literature emerging from the diverse contexts of late Second Temple Judaism, an identification that underlies research interested in both the historical dimensions of the New Testament and its significance to contemporary theological and ethical issues. He has written widely on the Enoch traditions in early Judaism and later Christianity and on participatory theologies, especially as these relate to the idea of "union with Christ." In theological ethics and practical theology, he has written on the implications of union with Christ for Christian identity and on the relevance of Bible and theology to thinking about autism. He is the co-director of the Centre for Autism and Theology.
Among his works, Professor Macaskill is the author of Union with Christ in the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2013), The New Testament and Intellectual Humility (Oxford University Press, 2019), Autism and the Church: Bible, Theology and Community (Baylor, 2019) and Living in Union with Christ (Baker, 2019), which is also now available in Portuguese as Vivendo em união com Cristo: o evangelho de Paulo e a identidade moral crista, trans. Breno Nunes de Oliveira Seabra (Editoria Fiel, 2021).
Professor Macaskill is joint editor with Annette Yoshiko Reed (Harvard) of the Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha series, published by Brill (Boston/Leiden) and is on the editorial board of New Testament Studies.
In 2021, he was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, for his project, "The Entangled Enoch: Comparing the Uniquely Ethiopic and Slavonic Enoch Texts and Locating Them in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions."
Member, Society for the Study of the New Testament (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas), elected 2020.
Series Editor (with Annette Yoshiko Reed), Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha. Leiden/Boston: Brill.
Member of Editorial Boards:
Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Journal of Theological Interpretation
New Testament Studies
Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies. 10 Volumes. Zondervan (HarperCollins). New Series.
Prizes and Awards
At University of Aberdeen:
British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
The Entangled Enoch: Comparing the Uniquely Ethiopic and Slavonic Enoch Texts and Locating Them in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions
Value: £131,002. Awarded 2021.
Previously (University of St Andrews):
The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility Project, funded by John Templeton Foundation and Saint Louis University.
Intellectual Humility and the New Testament
Value: $86,450. Awarded 2014 to fund 1 year of research leave.
Published as The New Testament and Intellectual Humility (Oxford University Press, 2019)
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship.
A Critical Edition of 2 (Slavonic) Enoch.
Value : £96, 000 (Actual £62,744, due to early completion). Awarded in 2005.
Published as The Slavonic Texts of 2 Enoch. (Studia Judaeoslavica 6. Leiden: Brill, 2013)
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Israel’s Scriptures in Early Jewish WritingsIsrael’s Scriptures in Early Christian Writings: The Use of the Old Testament in the New. Henze, M., Lincicum, D. (eds.). Eerdmans Press, pp. 109–137, 38 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
The Bible, Autism and Other Profound Developmental Conditions: Regulating HermeneuticsJournal of Disability & Religion, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 414-438Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Idolatrous Self and the Eikon: The Possibility of True WorshipThe Finality of the Gospel: Karl Barth and the Tasks of Eschatology. Ziegler, P., Dugan, K. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 84–103Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Autism and Biblical Studies: Establishing and Extending the Field beyond Preliminary ReflectionJournal of Disability & Religion, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 388-411Contributions to Journals: Articles
Introduction: Beyond Exegesis—Biblical Studies and the Phenomena of DisabilityJournal of Disability and Religion, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 361-362Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Dynamic Reciprocity and Ontological Affinity in the Pauline Account of SolidarityInternational Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 18-28Contributions to Journals: Special Issues
Identifications, Articulations and Proportions in Practical Theological InterpretationJournal of Theological Interpretation, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 3-15Contributions to Journals: Articles
Joy and Autism: Biblical, Theological and Practical PerspectivesJournal of Disability & Religion, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 268-280Contributions to Journals: Articles
Meteorology and metrology: Evaluating parallels in the Ethiopic Parables of Enoch and 2 (Slavonic) EnochJournal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 79-99Contributions to Journals: Articles
Autism and the Church: Bible, Theology, and CommunityBaylor University Press, Waco, Texas. 239 pagesBooks and Reports: Books