Karl Leung

Photo of Karl Leung

Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: A Cognitive Approach to Understanding the Semantics of the Kingdom of God In Luke’s Gospel
SupervisorsDr Karen Wenell and Dr Andrew Davies
PhD Theology and Religion


  • BSc (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Manchester
  • BA (Hons) in Theology, London Bible College (presently London School of Theology)
  • Diploma in Pastoral Studies, London Bible College
  • MTh in ancient languages (Classical Hebrew, Classical Greek, Hellenistic Greek, Aramaic), University of Aberdeen


After working briefly as automatic testing engineer in the large-scale integration circuit industry, I have received calling to serve in Christian mission over the past years. As part of my job is involved in academic research, I decided to take up the current research programme and get prepared for the next stage of service in theological education work.


I have been involved in the curriculum planning, course design and teaching of theological courses for both lay leaders and professional clergy in the past.


Despite having received intensive research, the semantics of the “kingdom of God” in the Gospels remains ambiguous and often perplexing. The dominant lexical meaning allocated, viz., God’s reign or kingship, often does not seem to fit with the written texts. In view of this difficulty, this thesis will investigate the latest cognitive model of language to account for the semantics of the kingdom of God in Luke’s Gospel, and offer alternative interpretations on many of the kingdom of God sayings.

Other activities

  • I have been invited to conduct lectures on theological topics for Christian leaders and active members, including “The Christian Mission Theology and Strategies Over the Past 2000 Years“ (8 lessons x 1 hr. in 2018), “The Sermon on the Mount – the Practice on Discipleship Making” (8 lessons x 1.5 hrs. in 2020), and “Facing the Challenge of Multi-religious Society” (11 lessons x 1 hr. in 2021).


  • I have written short academic articles on Luke’s Gospel (in Chinese) since Jan., 2018, which are published by my work website