Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Funding Opportunity for a PhD in Early Christian Gospels at the University of Durham

If you are interested in persuing a PhD in New Testament with a focus on gospels you may want to consider applying to the University of Durham in the UK. I received the following announcement from Francis Watson this afternoon.

My AHRC-funded project on “The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals” has aPhD studentship attached that will provide three years worth of homefees (or equivalent) and living expenses in 2013-16. The double focusof the project is on early Christian gospels (canonical andnoncanonical) and on gospel reception in the patristic era, whichshould cater for applicants wishing to work primarily in the NewTestament field or in patristics – although some overlap would belikely. I’d be most grateful if colleagues would draw this opening tothe attention of current or recent students who may be interested inpursuing a PhD in this area.

The following suggestions illustrate the kind of PhD topic that wouldfit the terms of the project, but many others are equally possible:

(1)     The Protevangelium of James in its relationship to Matthew andLuke, and its later historical and theological significance.
(2)      Patristic views on gospel origins, from Papias to Augustine.
(3)     The relationship between selected “gnostic” gospels (e.g. Mary,Judas, Philip, etc.) and the canonical ones.
(4)     The construction and purpose of either Marcion’s Luke or Tatian’sDiatessaron.
(5)     Revelatory discourse in John 14-16 and selected “gnostic” gospels.
(6)     The role of writing in the transmission of the early Jesustradition: how far back does it go?
(7)     Tradition, reception, and the “historical Jesus”.
(8)     Factors involved in the construction of the four-gospelcollection.
(9)     The hermeneutical significance of the four gospel collection.
(10)    Public responses to publication of newly discovered gospelliterature, c.1890-2012.

Applicants should have a good first degree in theology/religiousstudies, a completed or a current MA, and experience in the study ofthe Greek New Testament. Applications will be submitted in the normalway (for which see the Durham Department of Theology and Religionwebsite), specifying the AHRC project studentship. A detailed researchproposal will not be essential, although it may be an advantage.Preliminary enquiries may be addressed to Prof Francis Watson( The closing date for applications for thisposition will be Monday, 25 February 2013, and the successfulapplicant will be notified in early March.
 As a Durham grad I can highly recommend the program and the experience. Best of luck to all who apply!

1 comment:

  1. I just saw your advertisement todasy being 5th of April 2013, does that mean that my application cannot be considered? I am working on the Gospel of Luke and its relationship to the Greco-Roman Palestine. My email is