Areas of expertise: early Christianity; Coptic texts and context
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0811-4267
Location: ACU Melbourne Campus
After studying world religions, sociology of religion and early Christianity in London (SOAS; King's College London), I completed an AHRC-funded PhD at Durham University. My thesis examined ‘dialogue gospels' - 13 texts, largely discovered in the twentieth century, in which Jesus’ disciples known to us from the New Testament exploit their final opportunity to question Jesus prior to his departure. I examined how the themes of the Christian revealer-saviour and his eschatological teachings are presented in these texts, which highlighted theological diversity at the point of generic commonality. The thesis provided an in-depth exegesis of one of these texts, the Gospel of Mary. My monograph, Eschatology and the Saviour, is a revised version of the PhD thesis and is published by Cambridge University Press.
My wider research investigates the diversity of early Christian literature, and particularly focuses on texts preserved for us in Coptic and found in Egypt. I am also interested in how place and space influences religious ideas and experience, and my most recent work examines ancient texts as emplaced artefacts. Other interests include papyrology, gender, ritual and material culture.
During the PhD, I spent a term at Harvard (2014) and a month at Oslo University (2015), and I attended the Coptic papyrology seminar at Pompeu Fabra University (2014). In 2020 I will take up a short-term fellowship at the Warburg Institute, London, to study a lengthy neglected Coptic text, the Pistis Sophia.