I currently serve as Associate Professor in New Testament and Academic Dean at Pilgrim Theological College within the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to moving to Australia I taught New Testament at Northern Baptist College in Manchester.


University of Oxford (1990–1993): DPhil in New Testament (awarded 1997). Thesis entitled: “‘Worthy of the Gospel of Christ’: The Situation and Strategy of Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians”. Supervisor: N. T. Wright

University of Bristol (1986–1989): BA (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies

Other Publications


Good News in the Gospels: A Study Guide (Didcot: Baptist Union of Great Britain, 1996).



Edited Books

Winter, Sean F., (ed.), “Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined”: The Grace of God in Creation, Church and Community (Melbourne: Uniting Academic, 2013).


Peer-Reviewed Articles / Book Chapters


“Journey and Rest: Hebrews, Pilgrimage, and the Work of Theological Education”, Pacifica 28 (2015), 192–207.

‘”Obedient to Death: Revisiting the Rhetorical Function of Philippians 2:6–11″‘, Australian Biblical Review 63 (2015), 1–13.

‘Present-ing the Word’: The Use and Abuse of Bonhoeffer on the Bible’, The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies 2.2 (2014), 19–35.

‘Paul’s Attitudes to the Gentiles’, in David C. Sim and James S. McLaren (eds.), Attitudes to Gentiles in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity (Library of New Testament Studies 499; London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 139–153.

‘Bonhoeffer and Biblical Interpretation: The Early Years’, The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Australiasian Journal of Bonhoeffer Studies 1 (2013), 1–15.

‘Re-enacting Grace: χάρις in 2 Corinthians 8-9’, in Sean Winter (ed.), “Immense, Unfathomed, Unconfined”: The Grace of God in Creation, Church and Community (Melbourne: Uniting Academic, 2013), 51–62.

‘Word and World: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Biblical Interpretation’, Pacifica 25 (2012), 137–150.

‘”A Daring Synagogue Sermon?”: Paul’s Preaching in 2 Corinthians 3.7–18’, in William J. Lyons and Isabella Sandwell (eds.), Delivering the Word: Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition (Bibleworld; London: Equinox, 2011), 24–44.

‘Reading with Friends: Persuasive Testimony in Baptist Interpretative Communities’, in Simon P. Woodman and Helen Dare (eds.), The ‘Plainly Revealed’ Word of God: Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice (Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 2011), 253–270.

Winter, Sean F. and Haymes, Brian, ‘Friendship: Find Fellow Travellers’, in James R. Krabill and Stuart Murray (eds.), Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom: The Legacy of Alan and Eleanor Kreider (Harrionsburg VA: Herald, 2011), 117–124.

”Ambassadors for Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5.20: Ministry in the New Creation’, in Anthony R. Cross and Ruth Gouldbourne (eds.), Questions of Identity: Studies in Honour of Brian Haymes (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies 6; Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2011), 34–49.

“The Rhetorical Function of John’s Portrayal of the Jewish Law” in Peter Oakes and Michael Tait (eds.), Torah in the New Testament (LNTS 401; London/ New York: T & T Clark International, 2009), 82–95.

‘Ambiguous Genitives, Pauline Baptism and Roman Insulae: Resources from Romans to Support Pushing the Boundaries of Unity‘, in Anthony R. Cross and Philip E. Thompson (eds.), Baptist Sacramentalism 2 (Studies in Baptist History and Thought 25; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008), 77-91.

‘More Light and Truth?’: Biblical Interpretation in Covenantal Perspective (The Whitley Lecture 2007; Oxford: Whitley Publications, 2007).

“Review Article of Paul S. Fiddes, Tracks and Traces: Baptist Identity in Church and Theology, BQ 41 (2005)

“Translocal Ministry: New Testament Perspectives”, in Translocal Ministry: “Equipping the Churches for Mission”: Essays on Translocal Ministry among Baptists: Biblical, Theological and Historical Perspectives and their Application to Church Life and Mission Today (Didcot: Baptist Union of Great Britain, 2004), 14-23

“Source, Guide and Goal!: The Persuasive Function of a Pauline Doxology (Romans 11.33-36), in Bible History and Ministry: Essays for L. G. Champion on his 90th Birthday (Bristol: Bristol Baptist College, 1997), 9-26

“Michael Sattler and the Schleitheim Articles: A Study in the First Anabaptist Confession of Faith”, Baptist Quarterly 34 (1991), 52-66

Blog Posts



    Philippians and Philemon: A Commentary (Reading the New Testament; Macon GA: Smyth & Helwys, under contract for 2017).

    Philippians and Friendship: Rhetoric and Relationship in a Pauline Letter

    Peer-Reviewed Articles / Book Chapters

    ‘Paul’s Ethics and Paul’s Experience: Law and Love in Galatians’, in preparation for volume of collected essays on Justice and Mercy, Law and Love in Biblical Ethics, due September 2016.

    ‘Suffering, Salvation, and Solidarity in 2 Corinthians 1:1–11’, in preparation for volume of collected essays on Suffering the Pauline Letters, due January 2017.

    ‘Eschatology and Exertion in Philippians’ (due March 2017).

    ‘”Free on all sides?: Barth and the Challenge of Interpretative Pluralism”, in preparation for themed issue of Pacifica.

    ‘Listening for the Word of God’, in preparation for essay collection on the Rythmn of Christian Doctrine.

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    University of Divinity Research Day, Plenary Presentation: ‘The Effects of the Historical Jesus: Table-Fellowship as Test Case’: 7th June 2017.

    ANZATS Conference, Adelaide: ‘God Revealed and Hidden: Barth’s Exegesis of Romans 11:33–36’, July 9–12, 2017

    Day Conference at Australian Catholic University, Culture, Ethnicity and Religion in Early Christianity and Early Judaism: paper entitled ‘Intra Jewish Polemic in Paul and Qumran: A Comparative Investigation’, July 18th 2017


    Society for Biblical Literature


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