Theology and Religion
Current research projects are:
- Siam Bhayro, Pre-Islamic Incantation Bowls from Mesopotamia: a project to edit and publish 680 new texts
This project is in collaboration with a team of scholars in Israel, under the supervision of Professor Shaul Shaked, Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Partly funded by the British Academy during 2009.
- Louise Lawrence, Sense and Stigma: Refiguring Sensory Impaired Characters in the Gospels
Partly funded by the British Academy 2009-2011, this project will lead to to a monograph for an OUP series.
- Francesca Stavrakopoulou, The Social Life of the Corpse in the Ancient World
Supported by an AHRC-early career fellowship in 2011, this project examines in new ways the role and place of the dead in the lives of the living in the biblical world by focusing explicitly on the corpse and its agency (impact on social action) in both the Bible and the societies from which it emerged.
- Cherryl Hunt, supervised by Louise Lawrence and Mike Higton: The Use of the Bible in Church Congregations
A PhD project sponsored by Bible Society, evaluating the progress and outcomes of their Pathfinder programme, which is being run within a small group of churches of different denominations.
- David Horrell with Anna Davis, Beyond Stewardship? Biblical Texts and Environmental Ethics
This project, supported by the St Luke’s College Foundation 2011-2012, builds on the recent AHRC-funded research project ‘Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics’ and aims to explore, through workshops with RE teachers and specialist advisors, how the work of this project might inform RE teaching in secondary schools. More information available here.
Recently completed projects include:
- Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics
- Texts of Land, Hope and Sea
- The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims (British Academy) 2007-2008
Further detail on current research grants and projects in Theology and Religion are available here.