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Academic Publications

The Cranmer Academic staff produced the following academic work from Jan 2015 to Dec 2016. Outputs are listed in the following categories:

  • Books
  • Chapters
  • Conference papers/addresses
  • Conferences hosted
  • Articles
  • Significant projects
  • Books in progress
  • On-going projects/papers
  • Media


Theological Hermeneutics and the Book of Numbers as Christian Scripture (Reading the Scriptures) (University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)

Fairer Sex. Spiritual Readings of Four Old Testament Passages about Men and Women (Grove Biblical Series 77; Cambridge: Grove Books, 2015)


‘The Zeal of Readers in Defence and in Dissent: Phinehas’ Spear, the Covenant of Peace, and the Politics of Hermeneutics’, in The Temple in Text and Tradition: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert Hayward (ed. R.T. McLay; LSTS 83; London: Bloomsbury, 2015): 113-39

‘Constructing the Bible’s Readers: From “Thin Descriptions” to “Thick Portraits”’, in Le Lecteur. Sixième Colloque International du RRENAB (ed. R. Burnet, D. Luciani and G. van Oyen; BETL 273; Leuven: Peeters, 2015): 69-92

‘What is a Doctrine of Scriptural Inspiration For? A Dialogue with Carlos Bovell’, in Biblical Inspiration and the Authority of Scripture (ed. C.R. Bovell; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015): 32-43

‘Hermeneutics and Interpretation’, in Vocabulary for the Study of Religion (ed. R.A. Segal and K. von Stuckrad; 3 vols; Leiden: Brill, 2015): 2: 159-66

‘A Mosaic Picture of Leadership: Faithfulness and Failure, Command and Character, in Old Testament Perspective’, in Challenges of Moral Leadership (ed. P. Nullens and S.C. van den Heuvel; Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics 2; Leuven: Peeters, 2016): 97-109

‘Judges 11.28–40’, in Wrestling with the Word: Preaching Tricky Texts (ed. K. Bruce and J. Harrison; London: SPCK, 2016): 64-70

Conference papers/addresses

‘The Old Testament in Christian Ministry: Perspectives on the Life of Faith’; Diocese of Europe Synod, Cologne, June 2015; FES Study Day, Singapore, September 2015; North-East Independent Methodist Study Day, Hetton-le-Hole, November 2015; Archdeaconry of France Synod, Brittany, May 2016

‘Daniel and Discipleship’; New Wine national conference, Shepton Mallet, August 2015

‘The Rock was Christ: Reading the Old Testament as Christian Scripture’; Trinity Theological College, Singapore, September 2015

‘Reading the Bible Wisely in the Context of Theological Hermeneutics’; Karoli Gaspar Reformed Theological Faculty conference on ‘Reading the Bible in Different Traditions’, Budapest October 2015

‘The Eclipse of Daniel’s Narrative: the limits of historical knowledge in the theological reading of Daniel’; SBL Theological Interpretation of Scripture seminar, Daniel session, Atlanta, November 2015; and Durham University OT Research Seminar, February 2016


‘Lost (and Found) in a Textual World: The Experience of Reading the Bible and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest’, Glass 27 (2015): 44-50

‘Biblical Hermeneutics and Practical Theology: Method and Truth in Context’, Anglican Theological Review 97 (2015): 201-17

‘New Directions in Teaching Scripture to those Training for Ministry’, Theology 118 (2015): 250-57

‘Bölcs Bibliaolvasás A Teolớgiai Hermeneutika Kontextusában’, (‘Reading the Bible Wisely in the Context of Theological Hermeneutics’), Credo (Quarterly of the Lutheran Church in Hungary) 25/3 (2015): 29-38 (in Hungarian)

‘Křesťanská etika a násilí ve Starém zákoně: hermeneutická svoboda a etická kontroverze’, (‘Christian Ethics and Violence in the Old Testament: Hermeneutical Freedom and Ethical Offence’), Theologia Vitae 5.2 (2015): 247-62 (in Czech)

Significant projects

Principal investigator on Common Awards Seedcorn Project: How the Bible is Taught in the Common Awards Institutions: An Initial Investigation (2015-16)

Books in progress

The Figure in the Wilderness: Christian Readings in the Book of Numbers, forthcoming

Exodus (Phoenix Guides to the Old Testament; London: Bloomsbury Academic), forthcoming

The Waterboys’ “Fisherman’s Blues” (Popology; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books), forthcoming

On-going projects/papers

‘The Historical Books’, in T&T Clark Companion to Atonement (ed. A.J. Johnson), forthcoming

‘The Christian Hermeneutics of Cranmer’s Homilies’, Journal of Anglican Studies, forthcoming

‘The Eclipse of Daniel’s Narrative: The limits of historical knowledge in the
theological reading of Daniel’, Scottish Journal of Theology 70 (2017), forthcoming

‘Sarajevo and the PopMart Lemon: The Fractured Form and Function of U2’s Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death’, in Take Me Higher: U2 and the Religious Impulse (ed. S. Calhoun; Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music; London: Bloomsbury), forthcoming

‘Virtue and Torah: The Character of the Instructed Reader’, in New Approaches to Biblical Ethics (ed. V. Rabens, J. Grey, and M.J. Kamell Kovalishyn; Biblical Interpretation Series; Leiden: Brill), forthcoming

‘Reading the Historical Books as Part of the “Primary History”’, in The Oxford Handbook on the Historical Books of the Hebrew Bible (ed. B. Strawn and B. Kelle; New York: Oxford University Press), forthcoming

Other: several book reviews in academic journals


Igniting the Heart: Preaching and Imagination (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2015)

Kate Bruce is an ordained Anglican priest and Deputy Warden and Tutor in homiletics at Cranmer Hall in Durham, United Kingdom. Igniting the Heart is based on her 2013 Ph.D. thesis at Durham University. She calls for preachers to ignite faith by sparking imaginative connections with the hearer. Her focus on creativity and the sacramental nature of preaching is an invitation for preachers to honor God’s Word with their best use of words and images.

Even Bruce’s description of the kind of preaching she opposes is laced with sufficient imagination to improve the posture of complacent preachers. Too much preaching she says is, “poorly conceived, ill-prepared, dull, disconnected, boring, irrelevant, authoritarian, yawn-inducing, patronizing, pontificating, pointless and badly delivered” (xiii). Imaginative preaching has power to challenge and change.

Bruce brings to it an infectious passion and energy that cannot help but ignite the heart of preachers and listeners, and encourage more engaging and dynamic sermons.

– Paul Scott Wilson, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, ON

Wrestling with the Word: Preaching Tricky Texts (co-edited with Jamie Harrison London: SPCK, 2016)


‘Meet Kate’, in The Introverted Charismatic (by Mark Tanner; Oxford: Monarch, 2015), 196-198

‘Being Imaginative’, in Clergy in a Complex Age (ed. Jamie Harrison and Robert Innes; London: SPCK, 2016)

Conference papers/addresses

‘Preaching – igniting the heart or losing the will to live?’, guest lecture at All Saints Open Day, January 2016

Day/weekend conferences on preaching and the imagination (Blackburn, March 2016; Bournemouth, April 2016; Selby, October 2016; Cumbria, November 2016), and others

Durham preaching school (leader), May 2016

Conferences hosted

‘Stand up and Preach’, with comedian Andy Kind. February 2016

Durham Preaching Conference in honour of David Day, September 2016

Symposium of Researchers and Educators in Homiletics, London, November 2016

‘Named, Known and Called’, Women’s Vocations Conference, December 2016


‘The Foundations of Preaching’, Preach Magazine (Autumn 2015): 24-27

Book Group Reading Notes for Becoming Reverend, M. Woodcock, (London: Church House Publishing, 2016), at https://www.chpublishing.co.uk/

‘Preaching: Igniting the Heart or Extinguishing the Will to live? Why Imagination Matters for Preachers’, The Preacher (January 2016)

‘Performance Matters: Remembering and Being Re-membered’, The Preacher (Autumn 2016)

On-going projects/papers

‘The Communicating God’, Bible notes, Guidelines (BRF), 2017, forthcoming

A project exploring the links between stand-up comedy and mission


Human Being: Insights from Psychology and the Christian Faith (London: SCM Press, 2016)

Conference papers/addresses

Speaker at Constructive Conversations on classroom strategies around gender and sexuality; Luther King House, Manchester, June 2015

Psychology and Chaplaincy  Hospital Chaplains Study Day; Western Park Hospital, Sheffield, October 2016

Book in progress

The Christian Handbook of Abuse, Addiction and Difficult Behaviour (2nd Edition; Stowmarket: Kevin Mayhew), forthcoming

On-going projects/papers

Book on Transitions in Life: Reflections  from Psychology and Theology

Conference papers/addresses

‘Oneness as Social Unity or the Ecclesiology of Christological Monotheism? The Shema and Social Identity Construction in 1 Corinthians’, British New Testament Conference, St. Andrews, September, 2015

‘Characterizing Johannine Theosis: The Fourth Gospel’s Divine Portraits of the Man Born Blind, Peter, and the Beloved Disciple’, British New Testament Conference, St. Andrews, September 2015

‘Jesus Prays the Shema as Ezekiel’s Prophesied King: A Reassessment of Johannine Oneness’, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting: Intertextuality in the NT Section, Atlanta, November 2015

‘The One Lord and One People of the One God: The Fourth Gospel’s Vision of a Divine Messiah and a Divinized Israel’, Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar on ‘John the Jew: Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as a form of Jewish Messianism’, Camaldoli, Italy, June 2016

‘Johannine Bishops? Peter, the Beloved Disciple, and the Episcopal Ecclesiology of Ignatius of Antioch’, British New Testament Conference, University of Chester, September 2016

‘The Church of the Synoptic Gospels: Narrative Ecclesiology in Luke-Acts’, British New Testament Conference, University of Chester, September 2016


‘The Ecclesiology of Christological Monotheism: The Shema and Social Identity in 1 Corinthians’, New Testament Studies 62, 4 (2016): 517–32

‘When God is Strange and Awful’, Christianity Today (June 2016; print and online)

‘Dispatches from the Wondrous, Terrifying World of Biblical Scholarship’, Christianity Today (2016; online)

Significant projects

One God, One People: The Theme of Oneness in the Bible, Early Judaism, and Early Christianity (co-edited with Stephen C. Barton); British Academy/Leverhulme research grant application pending

Books in progress

Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John (SNTSMS 167; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), forthcoming

The Church of the Gospels: Gospel Writing as Narrative Ecclesiology (under contract with Baker Academic for 2018), forthcoming


(Editor:) Towards a Theology of Church Growth (Ashgate Contemporary Ecclesiology Series; Farnham: Ashgate 2015)

New Churches in the North East (with R. Barward-Symmons; Durham: Centre for Church Growth Research, 2015)

(Editor:) Church Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present (Routledge Contemporary Ecclesiology Series; Abingdon: Routledge, 2016)


‘The Secularization and Resacralization of the North: New Churches in the North East’, in Northern Gospel, Northern Church (ed. G. Wakefield and N. Rooms; Durham: Sacristy Press 2016), 161-74


‘“Resacralising” Secular Space: New Churches in a Northern City, 1980 to 2012’, (with Anthony-Paul Cooper; Journal of Contemporary Religion, forthcoming

Conference papers/addresses

(with Graham Tomlin:) Launch of Towards a Theology of Church Growth; St Mellitus College, June 2015

‘What Does the Future Hold for the UK Church?’; debate with Professor Linda Woodhead; Theos Thinktank, December 2015

‘Towards a Theology of Church Growth’; Southwell Diocese Clergy Day, March 2016

‘New Churches and the North East’; seminars for Durham, London and Lancaster universities

Significant projects

Leech Fellowship, 2014-15 to research new churches in the North East, culminating in day conference at St John’s College, October 2015


‘“Let your Light so Shine”: Rowan Williams and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ (with Medi Ann Volpe), in Engaging Bonhoeffer: The Impact and Influence of Bonhoeffer’s Life and Thought (ed. Matthew D Kirkpatrick; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016): 303-23

Conference papers/addresses

‘Bonhoeffer’s Worldly Ethics’; Dietrich Bonhoeffer Anniversary Conference, Mirfield, September 2015

‘Bonhoeffer’s Everyday Ethics for the Life of the Church’; Reading Bonhoeffer for the Life of the Church, St John’s College, September 2016

Conferences hosted

‘Reading Bonhoeffer for the Life of the Church’, international conference at St John’s College, September 2016

Books in progress

Editing the plenary papers from ‘Reading Bonhoeffer for the Life of the Church’ conference for publishing as a book

Translating Pr Erhard Schlund, Neo-Germanic Paganism in Contemporary Germany, and writing an extended introduction to this work (originally from 1923-24)

On-going projects/papers

Essay in German on Schlund’s work (see above) for the German Provincial magazine of the Franciscan order


A Perfect Priest (Mohr Siebeck, 2018)

Repetition in Hebrews: Plurality and Singularity in the Letter to the Hebrews, Its Ancient Context, and the Early Church (WUNT II/388; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015)

Conference papers/addresses

‘“The Faith Once Delivered”: The Sameness and Difference of Revelation in Jude’; Muted Voices: Neglected Texts and Early Christian Identities, University of Durham, April 2015

‘Deferring to Dad’s Discipline: An Appeal to Experience of Family Life in Hebrews 12’; Tyndale Fellowship Conference, High Leigh, July 2016

On-going projects/papers

‘Deferring to Dad’s Discipline: An Appeal to Experience of Family Life in Hebrews 12’, in Marriage, Family, and Relationships (ed. S. Whittle, P. Johnston, and T. Noble; Leicester: IVP), forthcoming

‘“In” or “Near”? Heavenly Access and Christian Identity in Hebrews’, in Identity in the Later New Testament Epistles: Hearing the Muted Voices of the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews (ed. K. M. Hockey, M. N. Pierce, and F. Watson; LNTS; London: T&T Clark), forthcoming

‘“Vaine Repeticions”? Re-evaluating Regular Levitical Sacrifices in Hebrews 9:1–14’, in Studies in Hebrews (ed. by Eric F. Mason and David M. Moffitt; WUNT II; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck), forthcoming

Other: several book reviews in academic journals

Conference papers/addresses

‘Hebrews and the Akedah: The Identification of Jesus with a Patriarch’, Annual Seminar on OT in the NT, Hawarden, 2015

‘Hebrews 3.7–4.11 and the Spirit’s Speech to the Community’, Muted Voices: Neglected Texts and Early Christian Identities, University of Durham, April 2015

‘The Wilderness Space in Hebrews and Wisdom of Solomon’, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 2015

‘Divine Speech among the Family of God in Hebrews’, St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies on ‘Son of God’, St Andrews, 2016

‘Intra-divine Discourse and the New Covenant in Hebrews’, British New Testament Conference, University of Chester, September 2016

 ‘The Subtext(s) of the New Covenant in Hebrews 8-10’, New Testament Seminar, Theology & Religion Department, Durham University, October 2016

‘Intra-divine Discourse and the New Covenant in Hebrews’, SBL Annual Meeting, San Antonio, November 2016

Conferences hosted

‘Muted Voices: Neglected Texts and Early Christian Identities’, (co-organiser) international conference at University of Durham, April 2015

Book in progresss

Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews (co-edited with Katherine M. Hockey and Francis Watson; LNTS; London: T&T Clark, 2017), forthcoming

On-going projects/papers

‘Hebrews 3.7–4.11 and the Spirit’s Speech to the Community’, in Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews (ed. Katherine M. Hockey, Madison N. Pierce, and Francis Watson; LNTS; London: T&T Clark, 2017), forthcoming

‘The Wilderness Tradition in 1 Corinthians, Wisdom of Solomon, and Hebrews’, in Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition (ed. Joseph R. Dodson and Andrew W. Pitts; LNTS; London: T&T Clark, 2017) forthcoming

‘Testing and Being Tested in the Epistle to the Hebrews’, invited paper at conference on ‘Testing and Temptation in Second Temple Jewish and Early Christian Texts’, Munich, Germany


‘Beyond Default Mode: Adapting our approach to conflict according to the circumstances’, in Growing Bridgebuilders. Changing how we handle conflict (ed. Alastair McKay; CPAS, 2016)

Conference papers/addresses

‘Working with Conflict’, training day for Blackburn Diocese Readers, October 2015

‘Changing Conflict Culture’, training days in Durham, May 2015 and May 2016