From Sheffield to St Mary’s


April 26, 2015 by Harnessing Chaos

Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible (CSSSB)

After 10 years at the University of Sheffield, I’m very happily moving to the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St Mary’s University in September to join Chris Keith and Steve Walton, along with other internal affiliates. There has been a lot going on at the Centre in its relatively short life and there is a great deal of optimism around the place and beyond that the Centre will only become stronger. As a Centre, the emphasis is on research, including PhD students. As Chris says on the Jesus Blog, anyone interested in PhD study should get in touch with either me or him ( Potential PhD topics might involve anything from Christian origins through to contemporary political and cultural receptions of biblical texts.

In terms of forthcoming events, you might want to attend the conference run by Steve, “Cities of God? An Interdisciplinary Assessment of Early Christian Engagement with the Ancient Urban Environment(s)” (Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd May 2015). It’s got an impressive line up…

David Gill, ‘Early Christianity in its Colonial Contexts in the Provinces of the Eastern Empire’

Volker Rabens, ‘Paul’s Mission Strategy in the Urban Landscape of the First-Century Roman Empire’

Joan Taylor, ‘Paul’s Caesarea’

Paul Cloke, ‘Spiritual Geographies of the City: Exploring Spiritual Landscapes in Colossae’

Matthew Sleeman, ‘Paul, Pentecost and the Nomosphere: The Final Return to Jerusalem in the Acts of the Apostles’

Steve Walton, ‘Heavenly citizenship and earthly authorities: Philippians 1:27; 3:20 in dialogue with Acts 16:11-40’

Paul Trebilco, ‘Engaging—or Not Engaging—the City: Reading 1‑2 Timothy and the Johannine Letters in the City of Ephesus’

Jutta Leonhardt-Balzer, ‘Diaspora Jewish Attitudes to Metropoleis: Philo and Paul on City Life, Jerusalem and Rome’

Wei-Hsien Wan, ‘The Making of Social Vertigo: Spatial Production and Non-belonging in 1 Peter’

David G. Horrell, ‘Placing 1 Peter: Proposed Locations and Constructions of Space’

Anthony Le Donne, ‘Both Jews and Judeans: Claiming Jerusalem as Polysemy in Urban, Rural, and Diaspora Settings’

Anders Runesson, ‘Jerusalem according to Matthew: The Sacred City of God’

Helen Morris, ‘The City as Foil (not Friend nor Foe): Conformity and Subversion in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31’

Ian Paul, ‘A Tale of Two (or Seven) Cities’

Chris Keith, ‘Urbanization and Literate Status in the New Testament and Early Christian Rome’

Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski, ‘Alexandria ad Aegyptum—The City Which Inspired Polyphony of Early Christian Theologies’ ‘The Making of Social Vertigo: Spatial Production and Non-belonging in 1 Peter’


One thought on “From Sheffield to St Mary’s

  1. […] Here are links to the announcements by my colleague Chris Keith and by James himself. […]


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