About me and this site
This blog site is a space where I offer comments, analysis, and something of my own contributions to the study of earliest Christianity. I’ll interact with the treatment of early Christianity in the work of other scholars, and also in the popular media when appropriate.
I’m a scholar of the New Testament and Christian origins, with posts in higher education since 1975. In August 2011, I retired from my post as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology (University of Edinburgh) in which I served from 1996. Prior to that, I was in the Department of Religion, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). My own research over the decades has focused mainly on the origins and development of “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity, and also on textual criticism and the study of earliest Christian manuscripts as informative artefacts of ancient Christianity.
In retirement, I reside in Edinburgh, and continue to pursue my research interests and supervise PhD students in the area of New Testament & Christian Origins. For more about my own work, consult my University staff page:
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