Professor Paul Foster (BSc DipEd BEd BD MSt DPhil)

Professor in New Testament Language, Literature & Theology

Background

My motivation for undertaking theological studies was to be able to read the Bible in its original languages.

Although achieving this goal was not something that was quickly realised, the benefits have been enormous.

Reading the New Testament in the very words that the author penned opens up new horizons of understanding, helps one see the original writers' concerns more clearly, and brings the world of the New Testament alive.

Qualifications

BSc DipEd BEd BD MSt DPhil

Undergraduate teaching

New Testament (particularly Synoptic Gospels)

Koine Greek

Textual Criticism

Non-canonical gospels

Postgraduate teaching

New Testament (particularly Synoptic Gospels)

Koine Greek

Textual Criticism

Non-canonical gospels

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Research summary

My doctoral research focused upon Matthew's gospel and the community for whom he wrote.

I was interested in the way the source material the evangelist inherited was reshaped to address the pastoral and pedagogical needs of his fledgling community and the issues they were facing.

Building upon this research, my interest is now developing in the area of non-canonical gospels. In particular I am looking at a range of issues surrounding the so-called Gospel of Peter.

More information about research projects by Professor Foster are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Current research interests

Gospels Synoptic Problem and Q Judaism in the Greco-Roman world Gospel of Peter Textual criticism Ignatius of Antioch