Paul Wilson (BTh MTh PhD can.)

Thesis title: Migration in the Book of Acts


Paul Wilson is a PhD Candidate in New Testament and Christian Origins. His current research analyses the Book of Acts through the lens of migration studies. The project hopes to offer greater insight into how the text describes and theologically conceives of  the movement of people within the context of migration in the ancient world.

Paul has been involved in refugee and asylum support in the third sector for over a decade, in both Greece and the United Kingdom. He is also a part-time lecturer in Bible and Theology at Tilsley College in Motherwell.


University of Edinburgh (2021-Present)

  • PhD candidate in New Testament and Christian Origins (in progress)
  • Passed one-year review (2022)

University of Edinburgh (2014-2016)

  • Master of Theology in Biblical Studies
  • Awarded with Distinction
  • Dissertation examined the function of narrative asides in the Gospel of Mark

University of Strathclyde (2009-2010)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills

Queen’s University Belfast (2003-2005)

  • Bachelor of Theology
  • First Class Honours

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • British New Testament Society
  • European Association of Biblical Studies
  • Tyndale Fellowship

Undergraduate teaching

Lecturer in Bible and Theology (Tilsley College, Motherwell)

Conference details

  • “‘The migrant messiah’: biblical perspectives on an ethical claim” at Tyndale Fellowship Conference, New Testament Study Group, 2022
  • “’Those who were scattered’: A Migration Studies Perspective on Acts” at British New Testament Society Conference, Acts Seminar, 2022
  • “So that you might not only believe: Simon Magus and the missional Spirit” at Tyndale Fellowship Conference, New Testament Study Group, 2023  
  • “‘What’s in a Nickname? The Dynamics of Displacement, Belonging, and Identity in the Characterisation of Barnabas” at British New Testament Society Conference, Acts Seminar, 2023
  • “Rethinking Refujesus: Biblical Perspectives on a Popular Icon.” Theology and Ministry. 8 (2022): 16–33. ISSN 2049-4513
  • “Book Review: Like Birds in a Cage: Christian Zionism’s collusion in Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.” International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church, 22:3, 257-261, DOI: 10.1080/1474225X.2022.2108595
  • "Book Review: The Bible and Immigration: A Critical and Empirical Reassessment." European Journal of Theology. [s. l.], v. 32, n. 1, p. 131–133, 2023. DOI 10.5117/EJT2023.1.008.REVI.