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Mark W. Elliott

Elliott‌Mark Elliott is Professor of Historical and Biblical Theology. He researches and teaches in the history of biblical exegesis and doctrine.

He also teaches the history of biblical hermeneutics at honours and postgraduate Masters levels  and supervises in the areas of history of theology (especially patristic and Reformation) and Theology and Spirituality in the Modern age.


B.A. (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford.

B.D. (Hons in OT and NT), University of Aberdeen.

Ph.D. University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

My research looks to combine the wisdom of pre-modern and modern exegesis, as well as approaching modern Christian doctrine from the tradition of the church’s biblical theology. I have a growing interest in the area of the History of Spirituality (Medieval and Modern, European and Scottish) and the History of Ethics, as well as Ecumenical Modern Theology. This is expressed in teaching and in planned publications.

Books authored since 2012

Providence Perceived (Berlin:De Gruyter, 2015.)

The Heart of Biblical Theology  (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.)

Engaging Leviticus: Reading Leviticus Theologically with its past interpreters (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2012.)


Edited books

With Nathan Macdonald and Grant Macaskill, Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans,  2012.)

Mark W. Elliott, Scott J. Hafemann, N.T. Wright and John Frederick (eds.), Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul’s Letter (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.)

Carey Walsh and Mark W. Elliott, Biblical Theology: Past, Present and Future (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2016)

Articles since 2012

‘The Contribution of the History of Ezekiel-Interpretation and the Tradition of 'Reformed' Exegesis, with Particular Reference to Ezekiel 21.25–27 (30–32)’, in  William A. Tooman and Penelope Barter (ed.), Ezekiel: Current Debates and Future Directions (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 112; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017), 442-458.

‘Die Agape (-feier) ist nicht genug! I Korinther 11, 17-34 geistlich gelesen’, in Julian R. Backes, Esther Brünenberg-Busswolder, Philippe Heede (Hgg.), Orientierung an der Schrift: Kirche, Ethik und Bildung im Diskussion. Festgabe für Thomas Söding zum 60. Geburtstag (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2017) 25-35.

‘Jean Leclerc’, in O. Wischmeyer (ed.), Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken : Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart. (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016), p. 463-474.

‘Johannes Cocceius’, in O. Wischmeyer (ed.),  Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken : Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart (Berlin: de Gruyter 2016), p. 409-422.

‘Early Modern Protestant Hermeneutics: Introduction’, in O. Wischmeyer, (ed.),

Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken. : Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016), p. 391-4.

‘Atonement’, in S. Balentine (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (Oxford: OUP, 2016), 59-67.

‘Abraham in Römer 4. Johannes Calvin zwischen Cajetan und Estius’, in Christ-von Wedel, C. & Grosse, S. (eds.)., Auslegung und Hermeneutik der Bibel in der Reformationszeit (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016), p. 357-364.

‘Theology, Bible and Mission’ ,in Jason S. Sexton and Paul Weston (ed.), The End of Theology: Shaping Theology for the Sake of Mission (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016), 119-130.

Contribution (Reformation Exegesis) to O.-T. Venard (ed.), Saint Paul, Épître aux Philippiens: La Bible en ses traditions (Leuven: Peeters, 2016.) 

‘The Pure and the True Gabler’  in  Carey Walsh & M. W. Elliott (eds.), Biblical Theology: Past, Present, and Future (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock,  2016), p. 3-17.

‘Introduction’ to Carey Walsh,. & M. W. Elliott (eds.), Biblical Theology: Past, Present, and Future (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock,  2016), p. vii-xi.

‘Tracing the Romans commentary of Origen in Abelard’s: appearance and reality’ in A-C. Jacobsen, (ed.), Origeniana Undecima : Origen and Origenism in the History of Western Thought. Papers of the 11th International Origen Congress, Aarhus University, 26-31 August 2013 ((Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium; vol. 279; Leuven: Peeters, 2016), p. 415-430.

‘Christology in the Seventeenth Century’, in Francesca Aran Murphy(ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Christology (Oxford: OUP, 2015), Ch. 19.

‘Atonement’ in Samuel E. Balentine (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (New York: OUP, 2015.)

‘The Bible in Protestantism’, in John Riches  (ed.), New Cambridge History of the Bible Volume 4. From 1750 to the Present (Cambridge: CUP, 2015), 563-86.

‘Childs and the History of Interpretation’, in Christopher R. Seitz (ed.), The Bible As Christian Scripture: the Work of Brevard S. Childs (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2013), 119-36.

‘Melville, Rollock and Boyd on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans’, in Roger A. Mason and Steven Reid (ed.), Andrew Melville (1545-1622) : humanist and reformer (Farnham : Ashgate, 2013), 101-26.

‘Overlap and Contrasts between Forms of Spirituality from a Theological Perspective’, in Elisabeth Hense, Frans Jespers and Peter Nissen, Present-Day Spiritualities. Contrasts and Overlaps (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2013), 163-179.

 ‘Wisdom of Solomon, Canon and Authority’ Studia Patristica 63: Papers presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held
in Oxford 2011 (Markus Vinzent ed.) (
Leuven – Paris – Walpole, Ma.: Peeters, 2013), 3-16.

“Allegory and Allegorical Interpretation’ in Steven L. Mackenzie (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (New York: OUP, 2013)

‘Canon’, ‘Quaestiones in Heptateuchum’, ‘The Nineteenth Century’, in Karla Pollmann (ed.), The Oxford Guide to the History of the Reception of Augustine (Oxford: OUP, 2013.)

‘Exegetical Genres in the Patristic Period’, in J. Carleton-Paget & J. Schaper (ed.),  The New Cambridge History of the Bible Vol. 1 (Cambridge: CUP, 2013.)

‘Genesis and Human Society’ in Nathan Macdonald, Grant Macaskill and Mark W.Elliott, Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans. 2012.)

’Looking Backwards: The Protestant Latin Bible in the Eyes of Johannes Piscator and Abraham Calov’, in Bruce Gordon and Matthew McLean (eds.), Shaping the Bible in the Reformation  (Leiden-New York, Brill, 2012),  291-302.

Work in progress

Providence: a biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2017.)

History of Scottish Theology c0-edited with David Fergusson (Oxford: OUP, 2019.)

Psalms 42-72 (International Theological Commentary; London: T&T Clark, 2021.)


Contact details

Dr Mark W. Elliott

St Mary's College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
South Street
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9JU
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1334 462825
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