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Research Activity

Dr. Mark Elliott is working on the theme of Providence in the Bible and in the tradition, having spent a useful nine months on research leave last year, when the running of the Institute was capably handled by Dr. Scott Hafemann. He continues to work on historical biblical interpretation with papers on Calvin and Estius for a conference in Basel, another on Jean Leclerc for the Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken (ed. By O. Wischmeyer). A large article on Agape in Early Christianity allowed him to trace this theme from the early New Testament to Augustine. He will be involved in biblical theology and history of interpretation sessions at summer 2014's ISBL in Vienna, notably a review of Robert Wall's work and a discussion around the HB/OT project led by Magne Saebø.  He is pleased that Baker have done such a good job in getting the Galatians Conference papers together for publication this year, and is looking forward to the fifth Scripture and Theology (Jeremiah) conference in July 2015.

Dr. William Tooman's research is focused on scriptural interpretation in Early Jewish literature from the Hebrew Bible to the Mishna.  He aims to integrate the findings of textual criticism, historical-criticism, poetics, reception-history, and inner-biblical interpretation to craft portraits of the interpretive lives of Early Jewish communities.  His publications include: The Temple Scroll (2014, forthcoming), Gog of Magog (2011), Transforming Visions (2009), “The Hermeneutics of Scribal Rewriting in Targum Jonathan Ezekiel” (JAJ, forthcoming),  “Wisdom and Torah at Qumran,” in Schipper and Teeter (eds), Wisdom and Torah (2013), “Between Imitation and Interpretation: Reuse of Scripture and Composition in Hodayot (1QHa) 11.6–19” (DSD, 2011), and “Ezekiel’s Radical Challenge to Inviolability” (ZAW, 2009).  He is associate general editor of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and an editor of the Society for Old Testament Studies Monograph Series (Cambridge UP).

Dr. Grant Macaskill is currently completing his research on the Slavonic texts of 2 Enoch (sponsored by the British Academy), which will be published in 2011 by Brill. I have already begun work on my next project, a study of Union with Christ/Divine Participation in the New Testament. While a significant theme in theological and Patristic studies, participation has been widely neglected in New Testament research, particularly outside of the study of Paul and John. The work will engage with recent work on those authors, but will also argue that concepts of participation can be traced throughout the New Testament and constitute a core part of early Christian theology, identity and ethics. This research connects well with the teaching of M.Litt modules in Scripture and Theology. Along with William Tooman and J.R. Davila, Grant have been involved in the teaching of a module on the temple and Divine presence in the Bible, focusing on themes of exile, return and transformation from Ezekiel into the New Testament and beyond. The module has examined closely the use of temple imagery in relation to ecclesiology and Christology in select New Testament texts and the exegetical and theological factors at work in these. The module has been an exciting example of the interface between research and teaching.

Contact Details

Institute for Bible, Theology & Hermeneutics

St. Mary's College
University of St. Andrews
St. Andrews, Fife
KY16 9JU
Scotland, UK


Director of Institute for Bible, Theology and Hermeneutics

Prof. Mark Elliott
Room H104
+44 (0)1334 46 2825

Dr William Tooman
Dr T.J. Lang

Honorary Fellow 
Dr Scott Hafemann