Theology and Philosophy

Dr Ian Elmer

Broad Research Areas

Biblical Studies, Church History, Patristic Studies

Specific Research Topics

Biblical Studies: Paul’s letters, Mark’s Gospel
Church History: first century and early second century
Patristic Studies: Papias of Hierapolis, Polycarp, Ignatius of Antioch

Faculty Research Focus Area(s)

Early Christianity

Professional association memberships

Society of Biblical Literature (SBL); Australian Catholic Biblical Association (ACBA); Fellowship for Biblical Studies (FBS); Centre for Early Christian Studies (CECS)

Current HDR students

Example only

Five most recent publications

  • “Pillars, Hypocrites and False Brothers. Paul’s Polemic against Jerusalem in Galatians”. In Polemik in der frühchristlichen Literatur. Texte und Kontexte. Edited by O. Wischmeyer and L. Scornaienchi. 123-154. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2011.
  • “When in Rome. Church and State in Romans and Mark”. In Studies of Religion and Politics in the early Christian Centuries, Early Christian Studies 13. Edited by D. Luckensmeyer and P. Allen. 45-58. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls Publications, 2010.
  • “More than Charity. Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem and the Principle of Reciprocity”. In Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church. Vol 5. Poverty and Riches. Edited by G.D. Dunn, D. Luckensmeyer and L. Cross. 51-64. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls Publications, 2009.
  • Paul, Jerusalem and the Judaisers. The Galatian Crisis in Its Broadest Historical Context. WUNT 2.258. Tübingen: Mohr Seibeck, 2009.
  • “I, Tertius. Secretary or Co-author of Romans”. Australian Biblical Review 56 (2008) 45-60.

Five key works across your career

As above

How your research helps inform society

Of particular contemporary relevance my research addresses the origins and resolutions to factional conflicts within ecclesial communities; ancient forms of crisis management; and how story and narrative are used to build community identity and cohesion. My research also has significant ecumenical implications in how it enhances our appreciation of the variety of early Christianities and the exploration of the early, variegated development of central Christian doctrines.

Teaching Areas

Biblical Studies

Contact details


(07) 3623 7440