Revd Dr David Wenham, MA, PhD
Tutor in New Testament
A bit about me
I was brought up in Durham and then in Bristol; so I used to think of myself as a Bristolian! I studied theology in Cambridge, where I met my wife Clare, and then went to Manchester University to work on the origins of the Gospels, writing my PhD thesis on Mark chapter 4 and the parables of Jesus. My supervisor was the amazing Professor F.F. Bruce.
After a brief stint with UCCF, Clare and I then spent five formative years in central India, where I taught in Union Biblical Seminary. Our two sons were born there. In 1979 we returned to Britain, to Tyndale House in Cambridge, where I became Director of the Gospels Research project, which produced six volumes on the historicity of the Gospels. We lived just outside Cambridge and were very involved in the local church; I was lay reader, and also did part-time ordination training at Ridley Hall.
I moved to Wycliffe Hall in Oxford in 1983 and taught New Testament there and in the University for 24 years, serving as Dean and Vice-Principal. For seven of those years I was also a part-time Assistant Priest in rural parishes near Oxford. In 2007 I came to Trinity to teach New Testament and was also Vice-Principal for a while. In 2012 I went part time and we moved back to Oxford, where we are involved in a small church on our housing estate.
We have two married sons and six grandchildren. My other interests include our local community, current affairs, reading, walking (and trying to tame a small rescue dog).
My research interests
My current research interest is Jesus in context, also the Sermon on the Mount. I am no longer accepting new research students.
How to get in touch with me
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some highlights of my work
1989 The Parables of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: IVP).
1995 Paul: Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
1997 John’s Gospel: Good News for Today (RTSF) available on theologynetwork.org.
2002 Paul and Jesus: The True Story (London: SPCK).
2006 ‘The Purpose of Luke-Acts: Israel’s Story in the Context of the Roman Empire’ in C. Bartholomew and A. C. Thiselton (eds.), Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation (Carlisle: Paternoster).
2007 ‘The Rock on which to build: some mainly Pauline observations about the Sermon on the Mount’, in D. Gurtner and J. Nolland (eds.), Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
2010 ‘The Sevenfold Form of the Lord’s Prayer’, Expository Times, vol. 121.
2010 Did St Paul Get Jesus Right? The Gospel According to Paul (Oxford: Lion Hudson).
2011 Editor with S. Walton, Exploring the New Testament (2nd edition; London: SPCK).
2013 ‘We Proclaim the Word of Life’: preaching the New Testament today (Leicester/Downers Grove, IL: IVP); co-editor with Ian Paul, and author of chapter ‘Preaching the Sermon on the Mount’.
2013 ‘Critical Blindness, Wise Virgins and the Law of Christ: Three Surprising Examples of Jesus Traditions in Paul’, in Robert B. Stewart (ed.), The Message of Jesus (Minneapolis: Fortress), pp. 183-203.
2018 From Good News to Gospels: What did the first Christians say about Jesus?’ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).
2018 The Earliest Perceptions of Jesus in Context: Essays in Honour of John Nolland on His 70th Birthday, edited Aaron White, Craig Evans and David Wenham (Bloomsbury T&T Clark).
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