Dr Nathanael Vette (MA MRes PhD)

Issachar Fund Postdoctoral Researcher

  • School of Divinity

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School of Divinity, Mound Place

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Dr Nathanael Vette is the Issachar Fund Postdoctoral Researcher working with Prof Mona Siddiqui on two projects, Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (2018-2020) and Loyalty and Fidelity: Christian and Muslim Perspecctives (2020-2022). Nathanael's primary research is in early Christian literature within the context of Second Temple Judaism. His first book, Writing with Scripture: Scripturalized Narrative in the Gospel of Mark - based on his PhD at Edinburgh - was published with Bloomsbury T&T Clark in the LNTS series (2022). An edited volume with Mona Siddiqui, A Theology of Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspecties, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Nathanael's research has also been published in the journals such as Biblical Interpretation and the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, as well as several multi-author volumes.


MA Mres PhD

Responsibilities & affiliations

Center Scholar: Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Engagement, Seattle University

Undergraduate teaching

New Testament in its World

Women and Gender in the New Testament World

New Testaments Text

Introducing New Testament Greek

Postgraduate teaching

Women and Gender in the New Testament World

New Testament Texts

Introducing New Testament Greek

Research summary

My primary research interests are the Gospels, especially the Gospel of Mark; the First Jewish Revolt against Rome; Jewish-Christian relations; the role of theodicy in antiquity; and problematic virtues like gratitude, loyalty, fidelity and duty.

Current research interests

My first book, Writing with Scripture: Scripturalized Narrative in the Gospel of Mark (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2022), examines the Gospel's use of the Jewish scriptures in narration in light of Second Temple Jewish compositional practices. I am currently at work on a project comparing the Gospel of Mark's interpretation of the destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 CE to other Jewish reactions to those events, like 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch and Josephus' War. The project is tentatively titled The Gospels and the Fall of Jerusalem: The Gospels as a Jewish Response to 70 CE.

Affiliated research centres


Loyalty: Personal and Political - School of Divinity, Edinburgh, September 2022

Loyalty: God and Community - Union Theological Seminary, New York, February 2022

Gratitude: Inclusion of Privilege? - British University in Dubai, Dubai, January 2020

Gratitude: Love, Power and Indebtedness - Yale Divinity School, New Haven, August 2019

Gratitude: Hope or Burden? - School of Divinity, Edinburgh, December 2018