Dr Jamie Davies, BA, MLitt, PhD

Tutor in New Testament

Director of Postgraduate Research

A bit about me

I was raised in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, and studied modern languages as an undergraduate at Nottingham University before spending two years in West Africa with Wycliffe Bible Translators. I returned to the UK to continue my training for long-term mission (with an MA in Linguistics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London). An odd set of circumstances led, however, to a brief spell working in paediatric speech and language therapy in Glasgow. Intending to return to Bible translation, I began theological studies at International Christian College (for a BA in Theology), before two things happened which completely changed my direction. One, I met Becky (whom I quickly convinced to marry me) and two, I became convinced that the missional thinking normally applied to cross-cultural missions was urgently needed in the UK church. So, after graduating, I spent four years as a pastor in a church in north Glasgow.

During that time, I continued to develop my interest in theology and biblical studies, gaining an MLitt in Bible and Contemporary World from the University of St Andrews by part-time distance learning. I then moved to St Andrews to study full time for a PhD in New Testament under the supervision of Grant Macaskill. During this time I also worked as the warden of a university residence and as research assistant to Professor N.T. Wright.

A brief spell as Teaching Fellow in Biblical Studies at the University of Edinburgh followed before I arrived at Trinity College in September 2015.

My research interests

My doctoral research was focused on apocalyptic thought in second-temple Jewish literature and the New Testament (particularly the Pauline epistles and the book of Revelation). I remain fascinated by that subject, while also developing an interest in other aspects of New Testament study, particularly the gospel of Mark, intertextuality, and the use of the Old Testament in the New.

I welcome enquiries from potential research students on these and other aspects of the study of the New Testament and its world.

How to get in touch with me

Some highlights of my work

  • Davies, J. P. Reading Revelation: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Smyth & Helwys, 2023)
  • Davies, J. P. The Apocalyptic Paul (Cascade Companions) (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2022)
  • Davies, J. P. Paul Among the Apocalypses? An Evaluation of the ‘Apocalyptic Paul’ in the Context of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature (Library of New Testament Studies 562) (London: T&T Clark, 2016)
Articles and Essays
  • Davies, J. P. “Cosmos / Cosmology in Second Temple Jewish Literature and the New Testament” in the Brill Encyclopaedia of Early Christianity (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)
  • Davies, J. P. “Cosmology” in Longenecker, B., T. J. Lang, and E. Shively (eds.) Behind the Scenes of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, in press) 
  • Davies, J. P. “Apocalyptic Paul” in McKnight, S., Cohick, L., and Gupta, N. (eds.) IVP Dictionary of Paul and his Letters (Downers Grove: IVP, forthcoming)
  • Davies, J. P. “Apocalyptic Topography in Mark’s Gospel: Theophany and Divine Invisibility at Sinai, Horeb, and the Mount of Transfiguration” Journal of Theological Interpretation 14.1 (Jan 2020)
  • Davies, J. P. “4 Ezra 11 and Revelation 13: Blasphemous Beasts” in Blackwell, B., Goodrich, J. K. and Maston, J. (eds.) Reading Revelation in Context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019)
  • Davies, J. P. “Apocalyptic and the History of God: possibilities from Mark’s epistemological inclusio” in Dunne, J. A. and Lewellen, E. (eds.) One God, One People, One Future: Essays in Honour of N. T. Wright, (London: SPCK, 2018)
  • Davies, J. P. “What to Expect When You are Expecting: Maternity, Salvation History, and the ‘Apocalyptic Paul’” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38.3 (March 2016), 301–15
  • Davies, J. P. “Evil’s Aetiology and False Dichotomies in Jewish Apocalyptic and Paul” in Keith, C. and Stuckenbruck, L. (eds.) Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity (Tübingen: WUNT II 417, 2016)
  • Davies, J. P. “The ‘Two Ages’ and Salvation History in Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination: a Comparison of 4 Ezra and Galatians” in Blackwell, B. Goodrich, J. K., and Maston, J. (eds.) Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016)
  • Wright, N. T. with J. P. Davies, “John, Jesus and ‘The Ruler of This World’: Demonic Politics in the Fourth Gospel?” in McConville, J. G. and L. K. Pietersen, Conception, Reception and the Spirit: Essays in Honour of Andrew T. Lincoln (London: Wipf & Stock, 2015)

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