Honorary Senior Lecturer


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Ruth Edwards read Classics at Cambridge (Girton College), where she also took her PhD in Greek and Near Eastern archaeology and mythology. She has taught Greek in the University of Aberdeen, Classical Studies at Aberdeen College of Education, and from 1977-1996 was first Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer, in New Testament in the University of Aberdeen. After retirement she was Chaplain and Tutor in New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon (Oxford). She is a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church and an honorary canon of St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen. She is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer in Divinity and Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen.     


Research Interests

Early interests were in the field of Greek and Near Eastern archaeology and mythology, especially the legends of Kadmos, who traditionally migrated from Phoenicia to Greece. Since the 1970s research has focussed on Biblical Studies, especially the New Testament - Gospels (esp. John), Johannine Letters,  biblical Greek, NT background and context, history of interpretation, women's ministry). 

Current Research

Gospel of John; Greek language; NT context.

I am especially interested in how John's Gospel came to be written, its purpose, theology, relation to history, and influence. Following the new expanded edition of my Discovering John (SPCK, 2014) I am currently reseaching fresh aspects of Johannine studies, including  character portrayal and relation to the Graeco-Roman world.


I am a Life Member of the British School of Archaeology at Athens and The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and a member (formerly committee member) of the British New Testament Society. For 13 years I was secretary of the Aberdeenshire Theological Club, founded in 1882 for the scientific study of theology. 

I am the joint author with other scholars of works on the legend of Theseus, church ministry, New Testament christology, preaching, a Scripture Companion to the new lectionary, and have contributed to biblical works of reference. I have also served on the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church.