Dr. Kathy Ehrensperger Lic.Theol (MA) (Basel), PhD (Wales)
Contact DetailsSchool of Theology, Religious Studies and Islamic Studies
Tel: 01570 424 844 (4844)
Sheikh Khalifa Building
Reader in New Testament Studies
Role in the University
- Teaching at UG and PG level
- Supervision of Research Students
- 2002 PhD University of Wales, Lampeter, UK
- 2000-2004 Director of RE of the Reformed Church of the Kanton Baselland, Switzerland.
- 1987-2004 Pastor of large parish (Team of four) in Binningen-Bottmingen, Switzerlad
- 1983 Theoret.-theol.Prüfung University of Basel (equivalent to MA in Theology)
- Member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
- Member of the Steering Committee of the SNTS Seminar Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches (2011-present)
- Member of the Society of Biblical Literature
- Chair of SBL Romans Through History and Cultures Group (2004 - 2011)
- Co-Chair of the Paul and Pauline Literature Group SBL International (2011-Present)
- Member of the Steering Committee of the SBL Group Paul and Judaism (2012-present)
- Member of the Steering Committee of the SBL Group Polis and Ekklesia (2013-)
- Member of the British New Testament Society (Member of the Executive Committee (2010-12)
- Member of the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, (in residence August-December 06)
- Member of the European Society of Women in Theological Research
- New Testament in the Social, Cultural and Political Context of the First Century
- Diverse Approaches to Biblical Interpretation
Areas of Research
- Bi/Multilingualism and the Pauline Discourse of Cultural Translation
- Identity Formation in the early Christ-Movement in bilingual/bicultural Perspective
Areas of current PhD Supervision
- The Dynamics of Human Transformation: Paul’s Eschatological Anthropology
- The Divine Warrior Motif in the Gospel of Mark
- 2013 Paul at the Crossroads of Cultures – Theologizing in the Space-Between.London, New York: T&T Clark 2013
- 2009 Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement. London, New York: T&T Clark, pb
- 2007 Paul and the Dynamics of Power: Communication and Interaction in the Early Christ-Movement. London, New York: T&T Clark, hb
- 2004 That We May Be Mutually Encouraged: Feminism and the New Perspective on Paul London,UK, New York: T&T Clark International
- 2012 Decisive Meals – Table Politics in Biblical Literature. K.Ehrensperger, N.MacDonald, L.Sutter Rehmann, eds. London, New York: T&T Clark
- 2010 Reading Paul in Context: Explorations in Identity Formation, Essays in Honour of William S. Campbell. London, New York: T&T Clark, J.B.Tucker, K.Ehrensperger, eds.
- 2008 ed. with Ward Holder Reformation Readings of Romans. Romans Through History and Cultures Series vol 8. London, New York: T&T Clark International
Chapters in Books and Journal Articles in Print
- 2013 The New Perspective on Paul and Beyond’ in Modern Interpretations of Romans: Tracking Their Hermeneutical/TheologicalTrajectory , Romans Through History and Cultures vol 10, C. Grenholm and D. Patte, eds. London,New York: T&T Clark, 191-219.
- 2012 ‚Paulus, sein Volk und die Rassenterminologie: Kritische Anfragen and den ‚Race-Diskurs’ in neuerer englischsprachiger Paulus-Forschung’, Kirche und Israel27.2012, 119-33
- 2012 ‘Speaking Greek under Rome: Paul, the Power of Language and the Language of Power’, Neotestamentica 46.1, 10-31
- 2010 ‘Transformed to be Holy – the Identity Forming Dimension of Paul’s Priestly Discourse in Romans’ in Reading Paul in Context: Explorations in Identity Formation, Essays in Honour of William S. Campbell. London, New York: T&T Clark, J.B.Tucker, K.Ehrensperger, eds.
- 2010 ‘Current Trends in Historical Jesus Research’, in Paul Badham ed., Verdict on Jesus.London: SPCK.
- 2010 ‘Striving for Office and the Exercise of Power in the ‘House of God’: Reading 1 Tim 3.1-17 in Light of 1 Cor 4.1’, in The Bible in Academy, Church, and Culture. Festschrift. Alan Sell ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf&Stock 2010.
- 2008 ‘Reformers in Conversation over Romans – Diversity in Renewal and Continuity’ in Reformation Readings of Romans. Romans Through History and Cultures Series. Eds. Kathy Ehrensperger and Ward Holder, London, New York: T&T Clark, pp.193-200.
- 2008 ‘The Significance of New Frameworks of Thinking in New Testament Interpretation' in Maya Warrier, Simon Oliver (ed.) Theology and Religious Studies: Methodological Convergence and/or Divergence? London, New York: T&T Clark, pp. 119-128.
- 2008 ‘Paul and the Authority of Scripture: A Feminist Perception’ in As it is Written: Studying Paul’s Use of Scripture.Eds. Stanley N. Porter and Christopher D. Stanley. Atlanta: SBL, pp. 281-308.
- 2007 Reading Romans ‘in the Face of the Other’ : Levinas, the Jewish Philosopher meets Paul, the Jewish Apostle, in Reading Romans with Contemporary Philosophers and Theologians vol 7 of the Romans Through History and Cultures series, ed. by David Odell Scott, London, New York: T&T Clark 2007 , pp.115-54.
- 2005 ‘New Perspectives on Paul but No New Perspectives in Feminist Theology’ inGender,Tradition, and Romans: Shared Ground, Uncertain Borders, Cristina Grenholm and Daniel Patte (eds.), in the “Romans Through History and Cultures Series”, London, New York: T&T Clark, pp. 227-255.
- 2004 ‘Scriptural Reasoning – the Dynamic that Informed Paul’s Theologizing’ Irish Biblical Studies, 26/1 2004, pp. 32-52., also in Journal of Scriptural Reasoning 5/3/2005 http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/journals/ssr.
Recent Conference Presentations
- 2013 '”United Nations” under Rome or in Christ ? Paul’s Challenge of Cultural Translation’, invited Main Paper, British New Testament Conference, St. Andrews, UK
- 2013 ‘Shared Culture and Diverse Ethnic Identities: The Pauline Discourse of Israel and the Nations’, Seminar ‘Social World of the New Testament’, SNTS Annual Meeting, Perth, Australia
- 2013 ‘The Ministry to Jerusalem (Rom 15.31): Paul's Hopes and Fears’, SBL International Meeting, St. Andrews,UK
- 2012 ‘Negotiating Polis and Ekklesia: Challenge and Re-Assurance in 1 Cor 12.1-11’, SBL Annual Meeting Chicago
- 2012 ‘The Pauline ‘ge/nov’ Discourse’, Short Paper at SNTS Annual Meeting, Catholic University of Leuven
- 2012 ‘Paul a Hybrid Jew?’, invited lecture, Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
- 2011 ‘Speaking Greek under Rome – Paul, the Power of Language and the Language of Power’, Invited Keynote Address, The New Testament Society of South Africa Annual Meeting, University of the Northwest, Potchefstrom, SA
- 2011 '”All things are lawful but not all things are helpful – all things are lawful but not all things build up” (1 Cor 6.12 and 10.23) – Identity Formation in the Space Between’, Invited Seminar Paper, SNTS Annual Meeting, Baard College, Anandale-on-Hudson, NY
- 2011 ‘Table Disputes in Corinth in Intercultural Perspective’, EGLBS Annual Meeting, Richfield, OH, invited paper
- 2011 'To Eat or Not to Eat – Is This the Question ?’, Symposium Decisive Meals – Was sich beim Essen entscheidet, Theologische Fakultät, University of Basel
- 2010 ‘Lost in Translation: Paul a Broker in Inter-cultural Communication ?’, SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA
- 2009 ‘Striving for Office and the Exercise of Power in the ‘House of God’: Reading 1 Tim 3.1-17 in Light of 1 Cor 4.1’, invited paper at the SBL Annual Meeting, New Orleans
- 2009 '…nothing is in itself profane’: Hospitality and Holiness Discourse in Romans 14’, Short Paper at SNTS Annual Meeting, Vienna
Current Research Projects
Following from my recently completed monograph Paul at the Crossroads of Cultures-Theologizing in the Space-Between (funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship September 2012-August 2013) my current research focusses on further implications of the paradigm of bilingualism/biculturalism in Pauline Studies, with a particular emphasis on corporate identity formation.