Prof. Bockmuehl’s teaching and research is in the area of the New Testament in the context of biblical, Jewish and early Christian studies. His approach stresses the symbioses of history with theology, of Christianity alongside Judaism, and of exegesis in and as reception especially of the first three centuries. Before coming to Oxford in 2007, he was a professor at the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge, and previously taught at Regent College and the University of British Columbia, Canada. In Oxford, he is a Fellow of Keble College and has also served as Associate Head of the University’s Humanities Division (with responsibility for graduate studies). He has a particular commitment to mentoring early career scholars, including a focus on Asia. Among his authored books are Seeing the Word: Refocusing New Testament Study (2006), Simon Peter in Scripture and Memory (2012), and Ancient Apocryphal Gospels (2017). Other recent books include Creation ex Nihilo (2018, ed. with Gary A. Anderson), Austin Farrer (2020, ed. with Stephen Platten) and the English translation of Wolfram Kinzig’s Christian Persecution in Antiquity (2021).
Current book projects include editing the New Cambridge Companion to Jesus as well as a monograph on the absence and presence of Jesus in the New Testament. I am also working on a medium-term project on the relationship between transcendent hope and immanent aspiration in early Christianity.