Edward Wong (BSc MDiv MTh)


Edward Wong is a PhD Candidate in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh. Born in Hong Kong and later immigrated to Canada, he first received his B.Sc. double majoring in Biological Sciences and Psychology at the University of Alberta. Then, with a growing interest in Biblical Studies, Edward completed an M.Div. from Ambrose University in 2015 and began serving as a full-time minister with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada. In 2019, Edward relocated to the UK with his family and earned his M.Th. with distinction from the University of Edinburgh the following year.

Edawrd's current research focuses on the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and biblical studies. His Ph.D. dissertation, entitled "Representations of Trauma in the Fourth Gospel," investigates how conflictive experiences impact the composition of John's Gospel. In particular, he examines how perceived victimhood and traumatic experiences are represented and transformed within the text. In addition to his dissertation, Edward's research interests encompass a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodologies for studying biblical texts, such as social memory theory, neuroanthropological approaches, carnal hermeneutics, migration theories, Asian biblical hermeneutics, and decolonial theories. 



BSc MDiv MTh

Responsibilities & affiliations

Academic Tutor (2022 - p.) 

CSCO Decolonising Biblical Studies Postgraduate Research and Reading Group (2021- p.) 

Biblical Studies Postgraduate Student Representative (2020 - 2021)  

Undergraduate teaching

The Bible in Literature

Project activity

PhD Thesis: Representations of Trauma in the Fourth Gospel


‘From Wound to Text: the Embodiment of a Wounded Past through the Body Marks of Jesus in John 20’

'Trauma and Editorial Lingering in John 13-17'

‘“Then the Woman Left her Water Jar”’: Engaging Hybridity, Liminality and the Invisiblised Samaritan Woman in John 4 from an Asian immigrant Perspective’

‘Beyond the Historical Adam Debate in Romans 5:12-21’

‘The Pauline “Digression” in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 as a Trauma Response?'

Conference details

'From Wounds to Scars: the Embodiment of a Forwarded Past through the Body Marks of Jesus in Jn 19-20,' Society for the Study of Christian Ethics Postgraduate Conference, University of Oxford, April 2022

'Trauma and Traumatisation in the Gospel of John,' School of Divinity Postgraduate Colloquium, University of Edinburgh, May 2022

'Mapping Trauma: Spatial Fragmentations and Mobility Gaps in the Fourth Gospel,' Northern Universities Postgraduate Day Conference, Durham University, May 2022

'Geotrauma and Psycho-spatial Dynamics in John: a re-exploration of the Johannine “Aporias”,' English-German Colloquium for New Testament, University of Tübingen, December 2022

'Evaluating Editorial Stress and Traumatisation in the Fourth Gospel: A Quantitative Psycholinguistic Approach,' New College Biblical Studies Research Seminar, University of Edinburgh, March 2023

'The Politicization of Language: Storytelling and Claiming Trauma in the Fourth Gospel', Society of Biblical Literature Global Virtual Meeting, March 2023


‘Eating to Survive: The Envisioned Hierophagic Consumption of Jesus in John 6:51-59’, Scottish Universities Postgraduate Day Conference 2023, University of Edinburgh.

‘“Then the Woman Left her Water Jar”’: Engaging Hybridity, Liminality and the Invisiblised Samaritan Woman in John 4 from an Asian Immigrant Perspective’, European Association of Biblical Studies Conference, Syracuse, 2023

‘Claiming Victimhood and Perpetration through Storytelling: Trauma and Identity (re)negotiation in the Fourth Gospel’, European Association of Biblical Studies Conference,  Syracuse, 2023

'Editorial Stress and Trauma in the Gospel of John: A Psycholinguistic and Quantitative Text Assessment Approach', British New Testament Society Annual Meeting, University of Exeter, 2023 

'Oscillating between "Safe" and "Unsafe" spaces: revisiting Johannine spatial aporias from a geotrauma approach', British New Testament Society Annual Meeting, University of Exeter, 2023