We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Durham University News



Early Christian specialist is new Lightfoot Professor

(27 October 2003)

Professor John Barclay has taken up the post of Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham.

After a first-class BA (Classics and Theology), MA and PhD, all at Cambridge University, he has been teaching Biblical Studies at the University of Glasgow since 1984, latterly as Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins.

His research interests span the formation of early Christianity in the Roman Empire and the parallel self-definition of Jewish communities in the Mediterranean Diaspora. He has published extensively on Paul, the first urban churches and Diaspora Judaism in antiquity, and is currently working both on Pauline theology and on Josephus’ apologetics, the latter by analogy with current post-colonial studies.

Professor Barclay has already supervised more than a dozen PhD students and brings strong research commitments to the Department of Theology, which already has an international reputation as a research-based Department, not least in New Testament and Second Temple Judaism. At undergraduate level he will be teaching a range of courses in New Testament and Christian origins, using methods of analysis derived from history, theology and the social sciences.

Further information:

Professor J M G Barclay,, 0191 334 3951
Daphne Buijs, Public Relations Office,, 0191 334 6076

Share this story