Research: Biblical Studies specialism

We have an outstanding international reputation in the study of religious texts.

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We provide expert supervision across the full range of Biblical literature and languages, textual criticism, hermeneutics and exegesis, reception history as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and ideological-critical approaches to the Bible.

Biblical studies specialists

Dr Andrew Davies

Dr Andrew Davies

Reader in the Public Understanding of Religion
Head of Department of Theology and Religion
Director of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion

The Bible and contemporary culture; Pentecostal and Evangelical approaches to the Bible; literary criticisms; Old Testament (especially the prophetic books); intercultural theology; Pentecostalism; Pentecostal/Charismatic music and worship.

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

Biblical Hermeneutics, gender, sexualities and religion; gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex theologies. 

Professor Charlotte Hempel

Professor Charlotte Hempel

Professor of Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism
Director, College of Arts and Law Graduate School
University of Birmingham Site Director, Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership

Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls.

Dr Hugh Houghton

Dr Hugh Houghton

Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship
Deputy Director, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

Digital editions of early Christian texts; Biblical quotations in Christian authors.

Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Lecturer in Theological Ethics

I am an interdisciplinary scholar: trained in ethics and constructive theology with a background in the humanities, particularly literature and music.

Professor David Parker

Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology
Director of the Institute for the Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

New Testament textual criticism; early Christian Greek texts; manuscript studies and palaeography.

Dr Karen J. Wenell

Lecturer in New Testament and Theology

Historical Jesus; ethical and cultural Biblical interpretation; sociological and spatial-critical approaches to the NT

Some research topics that are of particular interest to the Biblical Studies cluster include:

  • Biblical hermeneutics
  • Gender criticism and the Bible
  • New Testament textual criticism
  • The study of the manuscripts of the New Testament
  • Queer approaches to the Bible 
  • The Latin Gospel Harmony tradition
  • The text of John's Gospel
  • The Bible in the Arts, particularly film and music
  • The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Contemporary commentary on Judges, Samuel and Kings
  • Evangelical and Pentecostal approaches to the Bible
  • Biblical studies and the social sciences

Postgraduate research

Postgraduates can undertake research in this field by registering for either the PhD or MA by Research in Theology and Religion. All of our postgraduate students benefit from the academic strengths of our research clusters and are often co-supervised by members of staff from associated clusters across the College of Arts and Law, so that they have access to different perspectives on their research topic.   If you are interested in doing postgraduate research in Biblical Studies at Birmingham please feel free to contact the member of staff in the cluster that you think will be best suited to supervising your work here.

Theology and Religion research specialisms

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