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Academic Publications

Here are some recent publications produced by The Cranmer Academic staff. 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


Jesus for Life: Spiritual Readings in John’s Gospel (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2019) Theological Hermeneutics and the Book of Numbers as Christian Scripture (Reading the Scriptures; Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018)


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

‘The Eclipse of Daniel’s Narrative: The limits of historical knowledge in the theological reading of Daniel’, Scottish Journal of Theology 70 (2017): 264-77 ‘The Christian Hermeneutics of Cranmer’s Homilies’, Journal of Anglican Studies 15 (2017): 167-87 ‘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) ‘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 ‘New Directions in Teaching Scripture to those Training for Ministry’, Theology 118 (2015), 250-57 ‘On “Seeing” what God is “Saying”: Rereading Biblical Narrative in Dialogue with Kevin Vanhoozer’s Remythologizing Theology’, Southeastern Theological Review 5 (2014): 61-82 ‘“These are the Days of Elijah”: The Hermeneutical Move from “Applying the Text” to “Living in its World”’, Journal of Theological Interpretation 8 (2014): 157-74 ‘Review Article: Using the Bible in Practical Theology (by Zoë Bennett)’ [with Zoë Bennett], Theology and Ministry: An Online Journal 3 (2014): 7.1-9


Essays in Collected Volumes

‘Virtue and Torah: The Character of the Instructed Reader’, in Volker Rabens, Jacqueline Grey, and Mariam J. Kamell Kovalishyn (eds.) New Approaches to Biblical Ethics (Biblical Interpretation Series; Leiden: Brill, 2019) ‘Reading the Historical Books as Part of the “Primary History”’, in Brent Strawn and Brad Kelle (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on the Historical Books of the Hebrew Bible (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) ‘The Ostrich and the Sword: Reading the City-Lament of Lamentations intertextually with the Wilderness Wanderings of the Book of Numbers’, in Brittany N. Melton and Heath A. Thomas (eds.), Reading Lamentations Intertextually (LHBOTS; Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019) ‘Sarajevo and the PopMart Lemon: The Fractured Form and Function of U2’s Walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death’, in Scott Calhoun (ed.), U2 and the Religious Impulse: Take Me Higher (Bloomsbury Studies in Religion and Popular Music; London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), 75-86 and 209 ‘The Historical Books’, in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T&T Clark Companion to Atonement (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017), 543-46 ‘A Mosaic Picture of Leadership: Faithfulness and Failure, Command and Character, in Old Testament Perspective’, in Patrick Nullens and Steven C. van den Heuvel (eds.), Challenges of Moral Leadership (Christian Perspectives on Leadership and Social Ethics 2; Leuven: Peeters, 2016), 97-109 ‘Judges 11.28–40’, in Kate Bruce and Jamie Harrison (eds.), Wrestling with the Word: Preaching Tricky Texts (London: SPCK, 2016), 64-70 ‘Hermeneutics and Interpretation’, in Robert A. Segal and Kocku von Stuckrad (eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion (3 vols; Leiden: Brill, 2015), 2: 159-66 ‘What is a Doctrine of Scriptural Inspiration For? A Dialogue with Carlos Bovell’, in Carlos R. Bovell (ed.), Biblical Inspiration and the Authority of Scripture (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015), 32-43 ‘The Zeal of Readers in Defence and in Dissent: Phinehas’ Spear, the Covenant of Peace, and the Politics of Hermeneutics’, in R. Timothy McLay (ed.), The Temple in Text and Tradition: A Festschrift in Honour of Robert Hayward (Library of Second Temple Studies Series 83; London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 113-39 ‘Constructing the Bible’s Readers: From “Thin Descriptions” to “Thick Portraits”’, in Régis Burnet, Didier Luciani and Geert van Oyen (eds.), Le Lecteur. Sixième Colloque International du RRENAB (BETL 273; Leuven: Peeters, 2015), 69-92



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


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


Ecclesiology and Theosis in the Gospel of John (SNTSMS 166; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

‘Johannine Bishops? The Fourth Evangelist, John the Elder, and the Episcopal Ecclesiology of Ignatius of Antioch.’ Novum Testamentum 60 (2018): 121–139.

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

Articles for a Wider Readership

“Jesus and Politics,” Preach Magazine. Issue 18, Spring 2019, The Political Issue (pp. 19–24).

“Andrew Byers on ‘What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar or Theologian?’” for The LAB—The Logos Academic Blog (December 2017, online).

“How to do New Testament Research” for The LAB—The Logos Academic Blog (April 2017, online).

“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).

“Our Love Affair with the Letter “i”, Christianity Today (2014; online).


‘“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)

Editor and translator, with Richard J. Ounsworth, of Albert Vanhoye, A Perfect Priest: Studies in the Letter to the Hebrews, WUNT II/477 (Tübingen: 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).

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

Heaven’s Revolving Door? Cosmology, Entrance, and Approach in Hebrews’, Bulletin for Biblical Research 29.2 (2019).

Jesus as “The One Who Entered His Rest”: The Christological Reading of Hebrews 4.10’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 36.4 (2014): 383–400.

Essays in Collected Volumnes

with Richard Ounsworth, “A Perfect Priest”: The Letter to the Hebrews in the Scholarship of Albert Vanhoye’, pp. 1–19 in Albert Vanhoye, A Perfect Priest: Studies in the Letter to the Hebrews, WUNT II/477 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018).

Deferring to Dad’s Discipline: Family Life in Hebrews 12’, pp. 121–37 in Marriage, Family, and Relationships: Biblical, Doctrinal, and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. by S. Whittle, P. Johnston, and T. Noble (London: Apollos, 2017).

“In” or “Near”? Heavenly Access and Christian Identity in Hebrews’, pp. 185–98 in Muted Voices of the New Testament: Readings in the Catholic Epistles and Hebrews, LNTS 565, ed. by K. M. Hockey, M. N. Pierce, & F. Watson (London: T&T Clark, 2017).


The Christian Life in Hebrews, Grove Booklet, Biblical Series B92 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2019).

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