Dr Jane Heath
Jane Heath completed her undergraduate education in Classics at Oxford, and then studied for a Diploma and Doctorate in Theology at Cambridge, focusing on Biblical Studies. Her doctoral thesis, subsequently published as Paul's Visual Piety, explored Paul's visual practices of piety and their association with personal formation in relation to God and neighbour. It drew on methods first developed in sociology and Visual Studies, which at that time had not yet been received in Biblical Studies. Her research since then has focused on Clement of Alexandria. There are two projects: the first concerns how Clement inhabited the scholarly culture of learned, lengthy prose writing of the Roman Empire as a Christian. It explores Clement's so-called 'miscellanism' alongside Pliny, Plutarch, Gellius and Athenaeus in order to understand what it means to call Clement a Christian miscellanist. The second project concerns Clement and Christian formation. It looks more closely at how Clement actually planned a project in Christian formation, including the formation of the imagination, of taste, and of ideals.
Dr. Heath has taught biblical studies in Higher Education since 2008, especially Johannine literature, but also James, Matthew, Revelation, and Visuality. She can supervise research dissertations that connect Visual Studies and the New Testament, or that engage closely with Classical literature and culture, or Clement of Alexandria.
- Bible in Christian formation
- Classics and Theology
- New Testament
- Patristics, esp. Clement of Alexandria
- Scripture, art, theology
- Heath, J.M.F. (2013). Paul's Visual Piety: The Metamorphosis of the Beholder. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Chapter in book
- Heath, Jane (Forthcoming). Mary's Image as Theology. In Image as Theology. McInroy, Mark, Strine, Casey & Torrance, Alexis Brepols.
- Heath, Jane (2019). Imitatio Christi and Violence to the Self. In Religiously Motivated Violence. Stuckenbruck, Loren & Hoffmann, Matthias Brill.
- Heath, Jane (2018). "Textual Communities": Brian Stock's Concept and Recent Scholarship on Antiquity. In Scriptural Interpretation at the Interface between Education and Religion. Wilk, Florian Brill.
- Heath, Jane (2014). God the Father and Other Parents in the New Testament. In The Divine Father: Religious and Philosophical Concepts of Divine Parenthood in Antiquity. Albrecht, Felix & Feldmeier, Reinhard Leiden: Brill. 18: 325-344.
- Heath, Jane (2013). Greek and Jewish Visual Piety: Ptolemy's Gifts in the Letter of Aristeas. In The Image and its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity. Pearce, Sarah Oxford: Journal of Jewish Studies. 2: 38-48.
- Heath, Jane (2009). Corinth, a Crucible for Byzantine Iconcolastic Debates? Viewing Paul as Icon of Christ in 2 Cor 4:7-12. In Religiöse Philosophie und philosophische Religion der frühen Kaiserzeit Literaturgeschichtliche Perspektiven. Ratio Religionis Studien I. Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer, Görgemanns, Herwig, von Albrecht, Michael & Thum, Tobias Mohr Siebeck. 271-284.
- Heath, Jane (2014). Moses' End and the Succession: Deuteronomy 31 and 2 Corinthians 3. New Testament Studies 60(01): 37-60.
- Heath, Jane (2013). The Righteous Gentile Interjects (James 2:18-19 and Romans 2:14-15). Novum Testamentum 55(3): 272-295.
- Heath, Jane (2012). 'You Say that I Am a King' (John 18.37). Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34(3): 232-253.
- Heath, Jane (2010). ‘Some were saying, “He is good”’ (John 7.12b): ‘Good’ Christology in John's Gospel?. New Testament Studies 56(04): 513-535.
- Heath, Jane (2010). Nomina Sacra and Sacra Memoria Before the Monastic Age. Journal of Theological Studies 61(2): 516-549.
- Heath, Jane M.F. (2009). Absent Presences of Paul and Christ: Enargeia in 1 Thessalonians 1—3. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 32(1): 3-38.
- Heath, Jane (2007). Homer or Moses? A Hellenistic Perspective on Moses' Throne Vision in Ezekiel Tragicus. Journal of Jewish Studies 58(1): 1-18.
- Heath, Jane (2005). Ezekiel Tragicus and Hellenistic Visuality: The Phoenix at Elim. Journal of Theological Studies 57(1): 23-41.