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John J. Gallagher

Education and Experience

Thesis title: ‘Reading the Old Testament in Anglo-Saxon England’

My research considers how the Old Testament was read and understood in Anglo-Saxon England from the Canterbury School of Theodore and Hadrian to the Benedictine Reform period. In particular, my project examines how textual difficulties were negotiated through textual criticism and exegesis. I look at texts in Latin and Old English, including biblical commentaries, glosses, biblical texts, poetry, homilies and other religious and devotional writings. This thesis is supervised by Dr Christine Rauer and thanks to the support of an AHRC DTP Studentship.

I hold a BA International (First Class Honours) in English from University College, Dublin and the Sorbonne; an MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies (Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, where I held a Postgraduate Research Scholarship and worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute for Name-Studies; and a Diploma in Icelandic as a second language from the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, where I was an Icelandic Government Scholar.

Research Interests: Insular Latin, Old English and Old Norse-Icelandic literatures and languages; Textual Criticism; Biblical Studies; Exegesis; Apocrypha; Patristics; Digital Humanities.



EN2003 Medieval and Renaissance Texts, School of English

DI1003 Old Testament 1: Torah and Prophets, School of Divinity

DI1201 Adam to Apocalypse: The Bible and Western Culture, School of Divinity

DI1009 Introduction to World Religions, School of Divinity

DI2003 Paul and the Epistles, School of Divinity


Beowulf, CO2001 Good and Evil, Comparative Literature, School of Modern Languages

Public Engagement

‘The Bible in Anglo-Saxon England’, The Open Association, St Andrews, October 2016.

‘A Workshop on Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Bibles’, University of St Andrews Special Collections, October 2017.

´From Eald Englisc to Modern: The History of the English language’, The Open Association, October 2017.

Conference Papers

‘Locating the Holy Land: (Mis-)Understanding Place-Names in Anglo-Saxon Biblical Literature’, International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, University of Hawaii, Manoa, August 2017.

‘The Septuagint and Anglo-Saxon Biblical Scholarship’, Exegesis and Theology 1 sponsored by the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages panel, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2017.

‘Communis maiorum fama: IV Esdras and the Restoration of Scripture in Anglo-Saxon England’, Mediaeval Scriptural Exegesis Colloquium, Institute for Bible, Theology, and Hermeneutics and St Andrews Institute of Medieval Studies, May 2016.

‘The Writing on the Wall: Stave Church Runic Inscriptions and the Practice of Graffiti’, Student Conference on the Medieval North, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, April 2015.

‘The Welsh Field-Names of Wollaston Parish, Shropshire’, Contacts and Networks: Interactions in the Medieval World, Institute for Medieval Research Postgraduate Conference, University of Nottingham, July 2014.

John Gallagher



PhD Student: Anglo-Saxon Studies