Prior to joining the Department of Theology and Religion in Birmingham in 2001, I was co-editor of the Expository Times (2005-2011), and Lecturer in Creativity, Culture and Faith at the University of Glasgow (2006-2011).
My PhD work focussed on the theme of the Abrahamic land promise in relationship to Jesus and Second Temple Judaism, arguing that Jesus, like the sign prophets, symbolically evoked the land promise, particularly in the calling of twelve disciples who participate in the establishment of the new space of the Kingdom of God. This thesis was developed in my book, Jesus and Land, and my interests in spatial-critical interpretation of the bible are furthered in the forthcoming edited book, Constructions of Space III (with Jorunn Økland and Cor de Vos).
At present, I am writing a monograph developing a critique of the dominance of ‘context’ in Biblical Studies, and Historical Jesus Studies in particular, in dialogue with the work of Bruno Latour, John Law and others associated with Actor-Network Theory.
I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the British New Testament Society, and the European Association of Biblical Studies, for which I co-chair the research programme ‘Bible and Sacred Space’ with Cor de Vos (University of Münster).