Simeon R. Burke

Contact details

  • PhD Student, New College, School of Divinity

Background

Simeon Burke is a PhD Candidate in Early Christianity and New Testament. 

Qualifications

Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Origins, University of Edinburgh (2015-) MPhil in New Testament and Early Christianity, University of Cambridge (2014-2015) MA Joint Honours in New Testament and Modern History, University of St Andrews (2010-2014)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Ecclesiastical History Society

Society of Biblical Literature

North American Patristic Society 

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor for Christianity in Formation, Sem 1 2016

Research summary

Since Autumn 2015, I have been working at the University of Edinburgh on a Wolfson Foundation-funded Ph.D. My doctoral research contributes to the understanding of patristic and early Roman ethics by examining early Christian re-usage of Gospel anecdotes/maxims (see https://edinburgh.academia.edu/SimeonBurke).

My research interests mainly revolve around the interplay between early Roman education and rhetoric, early Christian biblical exegesis and the shape of ethics in the early Roman world. I have also researched the Gospel of Thomas and remain interested in how early Christian Gospels interact with and represent "Judaism". More broadly, I am interested in the history of biblical interpretation and the various contributions patristic exegesis and early Christian hermeneutics can make to the understanding of biblical texts and how they have been, and continue to be, read.  

My recent publications (not including book reviews) include:

S.R. Burke, "'Render to Caesar the Things of Caesar and to God the Things of God': Recent Perspectives on a Puzzling Command (1945–Present)", Currents in Biblical Research, Vol. 16(2) 2018:157–190

S.R. Burke, "Tertullian’s Martyrological Maxim: A Case Study for the Multiple Rhetorical Functions of the Command to 'Render to Caesar the Things of Caesar and to God the Things of God' in the Writings of Tertullian", Studia Patristica (accepted and forthcoming 2018). 

 

Current research interests

Early Roman ethics, Gospels, Patristics, History of Interpretation of Biblical Texts,

Knowledge exchange

Simeon Burke, Bible Odyssey Contribution: When Was the Gospel of Thomas Written? http://bibleodyssey.com/en/tools/ask-a-scholar/gospel-of-thomas (June 2017)

Affiliated research centres

Conference details

 "Early Christian Re-uses of Anecdotes and Maxims: The 'Render' Command and Its Implications for Early Roman Morality" (University of Edinburgh Biblical Studies Senior Seminar, Dec 1 2017)

"An Ascetic Maxim in Alexandria: The 'Render' Command in Clement, Origen and the Sentences of Sextus" (North American Patristics Conference, Chicago, IL May 2017)

"Tertullian and the 'Render' Command" (Sixth British Patristics Conference, University of Birmingham; 5th-7th September 2016)

"Tertullian’s Interpretations of the Command to ‘render to Caesar the things of Caesar and to God the things of God’" (Ecclesiastical History Society Annual Meeting, University of Edinburgh, July 26th 2016. Theme: 'Church and Empire')

Organiser

New College Inaugural Postgraduate Colloquium, April 2016.