Professor Gordon McConville, MA, BD, PhD

A bit about me


A native of Northern Ireland, I studied Modern Languages in Cambridge, before going on to Theology at New College, Edinburgh, on a track leading to ordination in the Presbyterian Church. Then after a PhD at Queen’s University, Belfast, and a spell as Librarian of Tyndale House, Cambridge, I got diverted into teaching the Old Testament rather than parish ministry, and taught at Trinity College in the 1980s, then Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1989-95), and finally at the University of Gloucestershire (1995-), where I continue to work part-time, mainly teaching postgraduate students. It is a privilege to return to Trinity as an Associate Faculty member.

I am married to Helen. We have four grown-up children and ten grandchildren scattered across England. We enjoy walking in the Cotswolds, but probably spend more time driving on motorways.

My research interests


I have taught across the full range of the Old Testament, but my leading research interests have been in Deuteronomy and the Prophets. Latterly, however, I have been more occupied with matters of biblical interpretation, theology, and spirituality. At present I am working on reading the Bible with St Augustine, and on a large commentary on Isaiah.

How to get in touch with me


I can be reached at gmcconville@glos.ac.uk.

Some highlights of my work


Deuteronomy (AOTC, 5; Leicester: Apollos; Downers Grove: IVP, 2002).

Exploring the Old Testament: The Prophets (London: SPCK, 2002).

God and Earthly Power: an Old Testament Political Theology (London: T&T Clark International, 2006, 2008).

Joshua, co-authored with Stephen Williams (Two Horizons Commentary; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).

The Bible and Spirituality: Exploratory Essays in Reading Scripture Spiritually (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013), co-edited with A. T. Lincoln and L.K. Pietersen (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013).

Joshua (Phoenix Guides to the Old Testament; Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013).

Being Human in God’s World: an Old Testament Theology of Humanity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016).

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