New Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity


Dr Chris KeithSt Mary’s University College, Twickenham has announced Dr Chris Keith as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity.

In addition to this role, Prof Keith has also been appointed as Director of the Centre for Social-Scientific Study of the Bible.

Prof Keith, who is originally from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, joins St Mary’s from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois, USA. He completed his PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and has subsequently published several books and journal works,including The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus (Brill, 2009), Jesus among Friends and Enemies (Baker, 2011), and Jesus’ Literacy (T&T Clark, 2011).  He is also a contributor to the forthcoming New Cambridge History of the Bible, (due 2013) and co-founder of the The Jesus Blog, which is dedicated to historical Jesus research.

In addition to his substantial published works, Prof Keith has won six regional, national, and international research awards in the last four years, including a 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise and a 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar Award. He is also a member of the Memoria Romana project, which applies memory theory to various aspects of ancient Roman history.

About his appointment Prof Keith commented, “My family and I are tremendously honoured to join the St Mary’s community. It’s clear to me that, in light of its great history, St Mary’s is well-positioned to do ever greater things in the future. Raising the profile of Biblical Studies at the University College is an exciting part of that future, and I’m looking forward to it.”

St Mary’s Principal Prof Philip Esler added, “Prof Keith has already established himself as a major internationally recognised scholar on Jesus in the New Testament and will make St Mary’s a world centre in Gospel Studies.”