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Mr Alex Rowe, BA Hons (Dunelm), MPhil (Oxon)

PhD student & Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religion

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After an initial degree in Theology and Religion at Durham (2014-18), which included an enriching year of study abroad at McMaster University in Canada, I moved to Oxford to read for an MPhil in Judaism and Christianity in the Graeco-Roman World (2018-20). There, I had the pleasure of being taught by Martin Goodman and Markus Bockmuehl and supervised by Jennifer Strawbridge for my dissertation, which was awarded a Distinction. I am delighted to have returned to Durham for doctoral study, working alongside Prof. Walter Moberly and Prof. John Barclay. I am funded in full by the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium, for which I am most grateful. 

Doctoral Research

The main question driving my doctoral research is this: what is the significance for Christian theology, and the contemporary reception of Christian tradition, that there are four gospels and not one, and yet these four are bound together in a single canonical frame? Using the crucifixion narratives as a case-study (Matthew 27.27-56; Mark 15.16-41; Luke 23.26-49; John 19.17-37), my project will bring together historical, reception, and theological resources to argue for the value of a “double reading” — reading the crucifixion accounts both as single, particular narratives, and as embedded in a canonical and intertextual frame that enables them to gain additional layers of meaning.

Research Interests

  • New Testament
  • Early Judaism and early Christianity
  • Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Biblical Hermeneutics

Teaching Areas

  • TA for Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • TA for New Testament Greek

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