Dr Matthew Novenson (BA MDiv ThM PhD)
Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins; New Testament and Christian Origins
Matthew Novenson is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. He has also 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, forthcoming).
BA MDiv ThM PhD
Responsibilities & affiliations
Convener of the Biblical Studies Research Seminar
Director of Quality Assurance
External Examiner for Curriculum in New Testament, University of Aberdeen
Executive Committee, British New Testament Society
Co-Chair, New Testament and Second Temple Judaism Seminar, British New Testament Society
Introductory Biblical Hebrew
Intermediate New Testament Greek
Introduction to Biblical Studies
Reading the New Testament
Paul and His Letters
Studies in the Apostle Paul (Honours)
New Testament Christology (Honours)
The New Testament and Graeco-Roman Culture (Honours)
Approaches to Research 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?
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 (messianism, shi'ur qomah, and other such).
More information about Dr Novenson's research projects is available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.
Current research interestsMy 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, forthcoming), is a revisionist account of the many, varied ancient Jewish and Christian texts that use the scriptural discourse of "messiahs." As of 2016, I am at work on a book on the apostle Paul's assessment of his own ancestral law, in dialogue with scholars representing the so-called radical new perspective on Paul. I am presently working in and supervising postgraduate research in all of the subfields noted above. I invite prospective postgraduate students to contact me by email.
Affiliated research centres
More information about Dr Novenson's research projects is available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile
Beyond compare, or
Messiahs and their messengers
Whose son is the Messiah?
Whither the Paul within Judaism Schule?
Jesus the Messiah
On The Grammar of Messianism, in Dialogue with N. T. Wright
Letters in the New Testament and in the Greco-Roman world
The Letter of Paul to the Galatians and the Letter of Paul to the Romans
The Grammar of Messianism
Participationism and Messiah Christology in Paul