Professor David Horrell

Head of Theology and Religion, Professor of New Testament Studies. Director, Centre for Biblical Studies

MA PhD (Cantab)


Extension: 4288

Telephone: 01392 724288

I came to the Department in 1995 to teach New Testament studies, after completing my PhD at Cambridge on a social-scientific approach to Paul's Corinthian letters and the letter known as 1 Clement. Since then, I have continued to employ a range of social-scientific approaches in my work, which has explored aspects of the making of early Christian identity in its socio-historical context, and also contemporary interpretation of the New Testament in ethical and ecological discussion. I was promoted to full Professor in 2007.

My main research interests are:

  • 1 Peter and the making of Christian identity
  • the uses of the Bible in environmental ethics
  • the intersections of religion and race in New Testament texts and their modern interpretation


I teach modules on a wide range of New Testament topics, including Paul and contemporary Pauline studies, New Testament ethics, 1 Peter, New Testament Greek, and the Bible and environmental ethics, and supervise a number of research students working on topics including 1 Peter and Pauline theology.