Research, Teaching, Employment et al.


IRecent books in the area of sexuality

Other recent books include: my study on Jesus' Attitude towards the Law as it is portrayed in the Gospels, which has been published as

My current research interests include, apart from sexuality in the New Testament and its world, the pre-Markan anecdotes and the historical Jesus, Jesus in cross-cultural perspective and Johannine studies, the LXX and its theological influence in the New Testament.

I am also interested in writing that communicates research to a wider public. Books include:

More information is available in my list of published books, articles and book chapters.


I am currently supervising PhD research in the areas of John's Gospel and Ethics; Soteriology in Matthew; The Poor and Lukan Eschatology.

Education and employment

I completed my BA in classics at Auckland University in 1966 and my ministerial education at Trinity Methodist Theological College, Auckland, 1964-1967. In 1968 I completed a BD from Otago University. I was ordained in 1969. I gained the degree Dr theol from the Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, in 1972 with a dissertation supervised by Professor Dr Ferdinand Hahn, and published in revised form in 1981: Sohn und Hoherpriester. Eine traditionsgeschichtliche Untersuchung zur Christologie des Hebräerbriefes, WMANT 53 (Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1981).

From 1978 to 2005 I was Testament Lecturer with the Perth Theological Hall of the Uniting Church in Australia and in recent years Principal. Since 1986 I have also been teaching at Murdoch University, and since 1994 was employed by both the Church and the University in complementary fractional appointments. Until 2005 I was Professor of New Testament at Murdoch University and 1998-2003 was Head of the School of Social Inquiry. Until June, 2010 I was an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at Murdoch University. I am now Emeritus Professor at Murdoch.


I am a member of the


Co-Editor of the Review of Biblical Literature 2005-2010
I was Editor of Colloquium The Australian and New Theological Review. A Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Society for Theological Studies, 1996-2005

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