Dr Matthew Novenson (BA MDiv ThM PhD)

Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins


Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. He has been visiting professor at Dartmouth College and Duke University Divinity School and visiting research fellow at Durham University. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of Judaism, New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, Scottish Journal of Theology, and elsewhere. He is the author of Christ among the Messiahs (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The Grammar of Messianism (Oxford University Press, 2017) and editor of Monotheism and Christology in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Brill, forthcoming) and The Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).



Responsibilities & affiliations

Director, Centre for the Study of Christian Origins

Programme Director, MTh and MSc in Biblical Studies

Co-Chair, Pauline Epistles Section, Society of Biblical Literature

Co-Chair, Paul Seminar, British New Testament Society

External Examiner for the MPhil in Old Testament and New Testament, University of Cambridge

Undergraduate teaching

Introductory Biblical Hebrew

Introductory New Testament Greek

Intermediate New Testament Greek

Paul and His Letters

Studies in the Apostle Paul (Honours)

New Testament Christology (Honours)

The New Testament and Graeco-Roman Culture (Honours)

Postgraduate teaching

Approaches to Research in Biblical Studies

Selected Topics in Biblical Studies

New Testament Exegesis

Ancient Jewish, Christian, and Pagan Texts

The New Testament in Its Graeco-Roman Context

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My principal research interests are the apostle Paul, the letters he wrote, and early Christian texts written in his name or about him; and early Christian Christology, especially its roots in and ongoing engagement with aspects of Jewish haggadah.

More information about Dr Novenson's research projects is available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Current research interests

My first book, Christ among the Messiahs (OUP, 2012), is a study of the many "Christ" passages in the authentic letters of the apostle Paul in relation to other Jewish "Christ" or "messiah" texts from the early Roman period. My second book, The Grammar of Messianism (OUP, 2017), is a revisionist account of the many, varied ancient Jewish and Christian texts that use the scriptural discourse of "messiahs." My third book, provisionally entitled The End of the Law (due out in 2021) is a study of Jewishness and time in the letters of Paul. I am presently at work on a critical commentary on Paul's Letter to the Philippians. I supervise postgraduate research in all of the subfields noted above, and I invite prospective postgraduate students to contact me by email.

Affiliated research centres

Project activity

More information about Dr Novenson's research projects is available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile

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