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St Mary's Appoint Professor in Biblical Studies Research Centre

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The Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible (CSSSB) at St Mary’s University, Twickenham has appointed renowned academic Prof James Crossley as Professor of Bible and Society. Prof Crossley joins St Mary’s after 10 years at the University of Sheffield where he was Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics. His research and teaching interests are split across two broad categories, Christian origins and Judaism in the 1st century; the Bible in political discourses in the 20th and 21st centuries.

He has published widely in both areas and is now working on projects building on his previous work. He is currently researching the development and uses of politically radical discourses about the Bible, e.g. the ‘anarchist rabbi’ Rudolf Rocker and George Orwell, and a short guide to the Letters of John, which will focus particularly on how the epistles relate to political thinking about love and revolution.

[caption id="attachment_12411" align="alignnone" width="192"]Prof James Crossley Prof James Crossley[/caption] Director of CSSSB Prof Chris Keith said, “Prof Crossley is quite simply one of the best Biblical Studies scholars in the world and we could not be more pleased about his appointment. His work will form a strategic component of the CSSSB at St Mary’s. Our students will benefit from his investment in them and the University will benefit from his innovative research, as he is at the forefront of research on the origins of the Jesus movement as well as conducting ground-breaking work on the reception of the Bible in modern British politics.” Prof Crossley said of his appointment, "I'm extremely grateful to be working in Prof Chris Keith's remarkable centre which is thriving like no other in the UK. I'm also delighted to be working for an institution that not only supports critical biblical studies but also has a genuine commitment to issues of social justice in its student intake and the London Living Wage."
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