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Mr Andrew Burrow (PhD Candidate) 

Topic: “Now This is Allegory”: Paul, Allegory, and the ‘Pedagogy of Re-education’ in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity
Description: This project analyses the function of Galatians 4:24-5:1 within the Galatian community not only through a detailed study of its social and historical context, but also through a comparative analysis with other allegories that functioned similarly within corresponding social and historical contexts of other Second Temple communities. Through this analysis, it reveals that Paul's allegory shared a distinguishable literary framework (what Burrow calls a ‘Pedagogy of Re-education') with such allegories and sheds new light on both Paul's intentions and on the impact of his allegory in the Galatian community.

Mr David W. Larsen (PhD Candidate)

Topic: “A Biblical Theology of Placemaking: The Human Mission, The Greater Commission” 
Description: This project develops a biblical theology of placemaking, investigating how human placemaking is integral to Missio Dei by means of a canonical examination of key OT and NT passages and themes. The research considers the missional trajectory intended for the products produced by human work as humankind attempts to turn God's raw creation into God's place on earth. This work of human placemaking, which will fashion the world of God's kingdom, is the greater commission within Missio Dei, serving as the context for all other commissions within the canon.

Mr Nathan Shedd (PhD Candidate)

Topic: "The Reception of the Death of John the Baptist: Memory, Violence, and Trauma"
Description: Drawing on social theories of memory, violence, and trauma, this study offers a heuristic framework for conducting reception historical analysis for commemorations of violent events. Narrations of bodily violence in particular are significant because they are frequently the locus of expressions of identity. What is more, they can also play a key rhetorical role in advancing the ideology of individuals and collectivities, insofar as they utilize the symbolism of certain types of bodily mutilation to vilify or cast as heroes perpetrators and victims. Accordingly, this project traces the reception of the beheading of John the Baptist in the first three centuries of the Common Era in order to understand how narrations of John's demise utilize his beheading in identity formation.