Prof. Halvor MoxnesProfessor Emeritus of Biblical Studies (New Testament)

    Research Profile

    Prof. Moxnes’s main area is the study of the New Testament and Early Christianity with the use of social anthropology and other social science methods. Over the last years the main thematic focus has been the historical Jesus and gender studies, especially masculinity. Other areas of research are presentations of the historical Jesus studied in the context of the rise of nationalism in 19th century Europe, and hermeneutics and the use of the Bible in multi-cultural and multireligious contexts.

    Teaching Profile

    Prof. Moxnes’s teaching areas include Jesus and the gospels, Jesus and modern identities, the Bible and inter-religious hermeneutics, gender and sexuality in early Christianity.

    Selected publications

    ed. together with W. Blanton/J. Crossley: Jesus Beyond Nationalism: Constructing the Historical Jesus in a Period of Cultural Complexity. London: Equinox, 2009.

    Putting Jesus in His Place: A Radical Vision of Household and Kingdom. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003.

    (ed.) Constructing Early Christian Families: Family as Social Reality and Metaphor. London: Routledge, 1997.

    The Economy of the Kingdom: Social Conflict and Economic Relations in Luke’s Gospel. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1988.

    “Landscape and Spatiality: Placing Jesus,” in: D. Neufeld/R. E. DeMaris (ed.s): Understanding the Social World of the New Testament. London: Routledge, 2010, 90-106.

    “What is it to write a biography of Jesus? Schleiermacher’s Life of Jesus and nineteenth century  nationalism,” in: Jesus Beyond Nationalism (see above), 27–42.

    “Body, Gender and Social Space: Dilemmas in Constructing Early Christian Identities,” in: B. Holmberg/M. Winninge (ed.s): Identity Formation in the New Testament. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008, 163 – 181.

    “From unique personality to charismatic movement: 100 years of shifitng paradigms in historical Jesus research,” in: I. Furseth/P. Leer-Salvesen (ed.s): Religion in Late Modernity. Essays in Honor of Pål Repstad. Trondheim: Tapir, 2007, 187-200.

    “Jesus in Gender Trouble,” in: Cross Currents, 54 (2004), 31-46.

    “Asceticism and Christian Identity in Antiquity: A Dialogue with Foucault and Paul,” in: Journal for the Study of the New Testament 26 (2003), 3- 29.



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