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Mark W. Elliott

Elliott‌Mark Elliott is Reader in Church History and teaches in the areas of Early and Medieval Church, pre-Enlightenment Theology, Christian life and thought since Reformation times, and theology of biblical exegsis

He also teaches the history of biblical hermeneutics at honours and postgraduate Masters levels  and supervises in the areas of history of biblical exegesis (especially patristic, medieval 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 2008

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

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

The reality of Biblical Theology (Bern: Peter Lang, 2008.)

Edited books

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

Articles since 2008

‘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’ and ‘The Bible In Protestantism from 1750’, in The New Cambridge History of the Bible (Cambridge: CUP, 2013. 

''“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: Books, Scholars and Their Readers in the Sixteenth Century (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 291-302.

‘Allegory and Allegorical Interpretation’, in Michael Coogan, Steven McKenzie (eds.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (New York: OUP, 2012.)

‘What it means to be human from an Evangelical point of view’, in Tim Grass, Jenny Rolph, Paul Rolph, Ioan Sauca (eds.), Building Bridges: Between the Orthodox & Evangelical Traditions (Geneva: WCC, 2012.)

 ‘Introduction by a late-coming beneficiary’,  Theology in Scotland 19 (2012), 5-14.

‘Robert Grosseteste, the Jews and De Cessatione Legalium,’ in Jack Cunningham (ed.), Robert Grosseteste: His Thought and Its Impact (Papers in Mediaeval StudiesToronto: Pontifical Inst of Medieval, Studies 2012), 314-25.

‘Genesis and Human Society’ in Nathan Macdonald, Grant Macaskill and Mark W.Elliott, Genesis and Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 306-22.

‘Pelagianism’ in I. McFarland (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge: CUP, 2011.)

 'Bavinck’s use of Augustine as an antidote to Ritschl’, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 29 (2011): 24-40.

‘Johannes Brenz and His Written Sermons in the Spirit of Luther’, in William John Lyons and Isabella Sandwell (ed.),Delivering the Word. Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition (Oakville, CT: Equinox, 2011), 121-33.

‘The Triumph of Paulinism’, in M. Bird, J.Dodson (eds.), Paul and the Second Century (New York: Continuum, 2011), 244-56.

‘What Cyril of Alexandria’s De Adoratione is all about’, Studia Patristica 50 (2010), 245-52.

'Effective-History and the Hermeneutics of Ulrich Luz’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 33 (2010), 161-73.

'Thomas Aquinas’ in Brad Green (ed.), Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians  (Leicester: IVP, 2010), 341-88.

‘Leviticus between Fifth-Century Jerusalem and ninth-Century Merv’, in Vahan S. Hovhanessian, The Old Testament as Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East ( New York: Peter Lang, 2010), 35-42.

‘Temporality In Our Hearts? Qoheleth 3:11 One More Time’, in Stefan Fischer, M. Grohmann (Hg.), Weisheit und Schöpfung. Festschrift für James Alfred Loader zum 65. Geburtstag (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang 2010), 79-89.

‘Calvin and the Ceremonial Law of Moses’,  Reformation and Renaissance Review 11.3 (2009), 275-93.

Lexicon der Bibelhermeneutik (Berlin:De Gruyter: ed. O. Wischmeyer et al. 2009): Articles of 2,500 words on: Aesthetics; Cultural Relativism; Literary Criticism; New Criticism; Pragmatics; Structuralism.

‘Mike Higton, Introduction to:, Christian Doctrine: SCM Core Text (London: SCM, 2008): review article', Expository Times 12/2009, 544-45.

`Pistis Christou in the Church fathers and Beyond', in Michael Bird, Preston M. Sprinkle (eds.), The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological Studies (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2009), 277-90.

`Four types of early modern reading of Leviticus 16’, in W. François and A. van Hollander (eds.), Infant Milk or Hardy Nourishment? The Bible for Lay People and Theologians in the Early Modern Period (Leuven: Peeters, 2009), 451-65.

‘Romans 7 in the Reformation era’ in R. Ward Holder (ed.), Romans through History and Cultures, Vol. 7 (New York-London, Continuum, 2008), 171-88.

‘Leviticus in the Low Countries: Lapide and Grotius’ in T. Römer, Leviticus and Numbers, (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium; Leuven: Peeters, 2008), 677-84.

Major projects in progress

Providence Perceived

Psalms 42-72 (contracted with Continuum for the International Theological Commentary series.)

 A History of Scottish Theology (co-edited with David Fergusson: OUP, 2019)

Contact details

Dr Mark W. Elliott
Reader in Church History

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
Fax: + 44 (0)1334 462852