Sarah Agnew

PhD Candidate - New Testament Language, Literature & Theology


Storyteller, poet & minister (Uniting Church in Australia), Sarah is from Adelaide, South Australia, and moved to Edinburgh to pursue PhD studies in 2014. 


Bachelor of Theology (Biblical Studies)  (Hons - 1st), Flinders University, 2014 

Bachelor of Ministry, Adelaide College of Divinity, 2011 

Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) (Hons - 2A), Flinders University,  2002

Responsibilities & affiliations

Tutor, New College

Member,  postgraduate team, Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, New College

Member, Network of Biblical Storytellers (NBS) International

Member, NBS Scholars' Seminar 

Member, Society of Biblical Literature 

Member, Society for the Studies of Oral Tradition 

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor, Jesus & the Gospels, New College, 2016

Tutor, Prophets & their Oracles, New College, 2016

Tutor, Paul & his Letters, New College, 2017

Lecturer, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew, Flinders University / Adelaide College of Divinity, 2011

Tutor, Old Testament Prophets, Flinders University / Adelaide College of Divinity, 2011

Research summary

Biblical Performance Criticism, Narrative Criticism, Romans 

Current research interests

Performance as method for interpreting biblical compositions, with the letter to the Romans as a test case embodied performance interpretation.

Past research interests

Esther - narrative and performance interpretation; Depression in contemporary Australian poetry

Project activity

The test case performances of Rome have been presented in Edinburgh and Adelaide in early 2016. I am currently writing up the thesis for submission in late 2017. 

Current project grants

New College tuition bursary (2014–2017); With Love to the World Biblical Studies grants (2014, 2016); Uniting Foundation (2015–16); Uniting College (2014–16)

Past project grants

Uniting College grants, various (2008–13); Network of Biblical Storytellers' International Festival Gathering young storyteller grant (2011); Uniting Foundation grant (2009–10)

More video

In the press

Interview, BBC Radio Scotland, Sunday morning with ... , 6 March 2016

Host, Café Voices, Scottish Storytelling Centre, 9 July, 2015