Dr Louise Lawrence

Senior Lecturer


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Telephone: 01392 724433

Louise originally studied at Exeter before moving north of the border for six years to teach New Testament Studies at the University of St Andrews and the University of Glasgow respectively. Her major research interests are anthropological approaches to New Testament texts and cultural and contextual implications of reading scripture. (See L. J. Lawrence, An Ethnography of the Gospel of Matthew, Mohr Siebeck, 2002 (http://www.mohr.de/en/theology/subject-areas/all-books/buch/an-ethnography-of-the-gospel-of-matthew.html); Reading with Anthropology: Exhibiting Aspects of New Testament Religion, Paternoster, 2005 (http://www.amazon.com/Reading-Anthropology-Louise-J-Lawrence/dp/1842273752) and her co-edited volume with M. Aguilar , Anthropology and Biblical Studies: Avenues of Approach, Deo 2004).

Louise returned to Exeter to undertake a three year research project (2006-2009), sponsored by the South West Ministry Training Course (http://www.swmtc.org.uk) entitled ‘Texts of Land, Sea and Hope’. This project initiated a number of community readings of the bible across the region in a wide diversity of contexts (rural; urban; coastal) and amongst a variety of people (intentional communities; artists; the physically impaired etc.) Results of this project have now been published in L.J. Lawrence, The Word in Place: Reading the New Testament in Contemporary Contexts (SPCK 2009).http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Word-Place-Testament-Contemporary/dp/0281061122pp

She has just completed a British Academy funded project (2009-2013) looking at sensory-disabilty in New Testament texts and interpretation. See L.J.Lawrence, Sense and Stigma in the Gospels: Depictions of Sensory-Disabled Characters (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199590094.do.

Louise is currently working on monograph entitled, Bible and Bedlam: 'Madness' and 'Mental Illness' in New Testament Interpretation. (Under contract with T&T Clark, 2017).                                                                                                                                                                                          Louise is Director of Education for the Department.

She has also served as secretary for the British New Testament Society (http://www.bnts.org.uk/).