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I am a cultural critic and biblical scholar who works on the reception history of the Bible, specifically its handling by Pentecostals and Evangelicals throughout the world today and its interpretation in the arts, particularly music. I joined the University of Birmingham in January 2010, after ten years of working in the theological college sector, the last five of them as Vice Principal, during which time I also taught and supervised students in the USA and Southeast Asia, a region of the world that continues to interest me. I now combine my teaching and administrative responsibilities as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Theology & Religion with research in the Centre for Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies, where I am involved in a number of projects and supervise doctoral researchers.
My PhD, in the field of biblical ethics, gave rise to my interests in literary-critical approaches to the Hebrew Bible (particularly in the use of a resistant reader-response methodology for reading biblical texts), and in the use of the Bible as a moral resource. Both these concerns have encouraged my broader fascination with the role and function of the Bible in today’s world and its relevance for people of all faiths and none, which is expressed particularly in my interest in the use of the Bible by the Pentecostal movement, and in (both high and more popular) cultural expression (especially the reinterpretation of Bible in music and the visual arts) in both sacred and secular contexts.
In the 2013-14 academic year I will teaching the undergraduate modules:
and the graduate modules:
I would be interested in talking to potential research students who would like to work in any of the following fields:
My research interests include:
I am a member of the Centre for Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies at Birmingham, and in terms of learned societies am an active member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the European Pentecostal Theological Association, the Society for Old Testament Studies and the Society of Biblical Literature.
I am joint Series Editor of Brill’s monograph series, Global Pentecostal & Charismatic Studies with Professor William Kay and Assistant Editor of the Equinox journal PentecoStudies as well as a member of the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed journals: Journal of the European Theological Association, Biblical Reception and Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research. I am presently writing a book on the use of the Bible in music for Sheffield Phoenix Press and working on a volume on Pentecostal hermeneutics for Brill.
In November 2011, I recorded an IdeasLab Predictor Podcast on the future of Christianity in the UK.
Contemporary Christian belief and practice; Christianity and contemporary culture; the Bible in the modern world; biblical ethics; Christianity and social engagement
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