Prof. Paul Foster Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

    Research Profile

    My doctoral research focused upon Matthew’s gospel and the community for whom he wrote. I was interested in the way the source material the evangelist inherited was reshaped to address the pastoral and pedagogical needs of his fledgling community and the issues they were facing. Building upon this research, my interest is now developing in the area of non-canonical gospels. Current Research areas include the gospels, the synoptic problem and Q, Judaism in the Greco-Roman world, the gospel of Peter, textual criticism, Ignatius of Antioch.

    Teaching Profile

    New Testament (particularly Synoptic Gospels), Koine Greek, Textual Criticism, Non-canonical gospels.

    Selected Publications

    Community, Law and Mission in Matthew’s Gospel. WUNT II, 177, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004.

    The Gospel of Peter: An Introduction and Commentary. Oxford: OUP, 2009.

    The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction, vol. 201. Oxford: OUP, 2009.

    ed. with John Kloppenborg et al.: New Studies in the Synoptic Problem. Leuven: Peeters, 2009.

    “Passion Traditions in the Gospel of Peter,” in: A. Merkt et al. (eds.): The Reception and Development of Early Christian Passion Traditions. WUNT, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009 .

    “Prophets and Prophetism in the Gospel of Matthew’, in: K. Zamfir et al. (eds.): Prophets and Prophetism in Jewish and Early Christian Tradition. WUNT, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009.

    Spirituality in Q. Harvard Theological Review. 2015 Jul 1;71(1).

    Echoes without Resonance: Critiquing Certain Aspects of Recent Scholarly Trends in the Study of the Jewish Scriptures in the New Testament. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 2015 Sep 1;38(1):96-111.

    Colossians, (Black’s New Testament Commentaries), London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

    Deacons (διάκονος) and διακονία in the Writings of Justin and Irenaeus’. In: Assessing the sources of diakonia and deaconate in the Early Church . Peeters. 2017.



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