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Mr Reuben Bredenhof (PhD Candidate)

Topic: Lazarus, the Rich Man and Abraham: The Meaning and Function of the Parable within Luke-Acts
Description: A narrative-critical, rhetorical-critical, intertextual and thematic analysis of the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31), in order to show its meaning and function within Luke-Acts.

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 Peter Mansell (PhD Candidate)

Topic: Story Structure in Acts
Description: The investigation starts from a detailed analysis of what constitutes an event in Acts and how the text signposts the various story phases and transitions to other episodes and higher level stories. The investigation then looks at the way Luke uses individual events in Acts to build causally and temporally related episodes and stories following the basic approach of Aristotle's Poetics in opening situation, complication, transforming action, denouement and closing situation with a particular focus on the key turning points in the narrative.

Mr Stewart Penwell (PhD Candidate)

Topic: Jesus the Samaritan: Ethnic Labeling in the Gospel of John
Description: The primary examples of ethnic labelling for this thesis are John 4:9 and 8:48. In each instance, members from the ʼΙουδαῖοι and Samaritans label Jesus as a member of each other’s group. Therefore, this thesis will answer: "How do ethnic labels function in the Gospel of John?" 

Ms Sarah Prime (PhD Candidate)

Topic: Jesus, Peace and Conflict: an Exploration using Social Memory Theory
Description: This project will explore the portrayal of Jesus in the gospels as both pacifist and activist/revolutionary. Social memory theory will be used to consider how and why understandings of Jesus as both pacifist and activist emerged and are present in the texts. This will include an examination of selected gospel texts, an exploration of the nature of contemporary Jewish resistance movements, and a consideration of early Christian reception of these texts.

Mr David Smith (PhD Candidate)

Topic: The Epistles for All Christians 
Description: This project looks at the expected audiences in early Christian epistolary literature, David argues that the expected audiences in these texts provide analogous evidence for the expected audiences of the Gospels.

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.