My interests have been shaped by time spent as student teacher and priest in Scotland, Tanzania, England and Australia, as well as contacts elsewhere in Southern and Central Africa. African colleagues have imbued me with an sense of urgency: the study of mission and New Testament must have some purpose and matter-seriously. The Bible engages with issues of salvation and liberation, and its handling must earth those matters in the stuff of everyday life.
On the plus side this gives a great enthusiasm for the subject: I try to research with some fire in my belly. The downside is an impatience with some of the fustiness of New Testament Studies as a northern academic tradition. Above all, it raises issues of justice, and a great concern that the power of reading Scripture must not rest solely with those whom geography and circumstance sets in the privileged places of scholarship in the global north: there needs to be leveling of the playing field so that insights of all readers be respected, and not pushed to the margins by those who would limit valid scholarship to those well-versed in the rules of a guild.
- Doctor of Theology, University of South Africa, 15/05/2006
- Bachelor of Divinity (Honors), University of Edinburgh - Scotland, 14/07/1989
- Master of Arts (Honours), University of St Andrews, 04/07/1985
- Post-Aristotelian Philosophy
- The New Testament
The New Testament in its context (with an emphasis on socio-historical and rhetorical criticism), Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Bible in Africa, Hermeneutics- particularly the significance of Bahktin, Gadamer and Wittgenstein for reading the Scriptures, Missiology with particular reference to the NT.
Fields of Research
|220499||Religion And Religious Studies Not Elsewhere Classified||100|
- Church History
- New Testament
|1998||King FJ, 'Across The Great Divide: Higher Criticism, The Writers Of The New Testament And African Biblical Interpretation', Mission Studies, XV 13-28 (1998) [C1]|
Anticipates later movements of convergence in reading biblical literature.
|2000||King FJ, 'Nyimbo za Vijana: Biblical Interpretation in Contemporary Hymns from Tanzania', The Bible In Africa, Brill, Leiden, Netherlands 360-373 (2000) [B1]|
Cited in a number of significant later publications.
|2007||King FJ, More Than A Passover: Inculturation in the Supper Narratives of the New Testament, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 395 (2007) [A1]|
My most significant work to date. Well reviewed in Mission Studies.
|2002||King FJ, 'Theological Education and Mission', Mission Studies, XIX 77-89 (2002) [C1]|
Cited by Steve de Gruchy in later significant writing from South Africa
|2001||King FJ, 'Inculturation And The Book of Revelation', Mission Studies, 18 24-41 (2001) [C1]|
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Book (3 outputs)
Chapter (3 outputs)
Journal article (49 outputs)
|2013||King FJ, ''In hoc signo': A literary and social analysis of constantine's dream', St Mark's Review, 16-26 (2013)|
|2012||King FJ, ''Pointing the Bone': Sorcery Syndrome and Uncanny Death in Acts 5:1-11', Irish Biblical Studies, 30 12-34 (2012) [C1]|
|2012||King FJ, ''He descended to the dead': Towards a pastoral strategy for making peace with the living dead', Soma: an International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses, 2-19 (2012) [C1]|
|2012||King FJ, 'The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements Between Luke and the Five Senses [Book review]', Colloquium, 44 278-280 (2012) [C3]|
|2012||King FJ, 'Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues [Book review]', Mission Studies, 29 127-128 (2012) [C3]|
|2012||King FJ, 'To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History [Book Review]', Mission Studies, 29 136-137 (2012) [C3]|
|2011||King FJ, 'Mission-Shaped or Paul-Shaped? Apostolic challenges to the Mission-Shaped Church', Journal of Anglican Studies, 9 223-246 (2011) [C1]|
|2011||King FJ, 'Review: Gallagher, Robert L. and Hertig, Paul. Landmark essays in mission and world Christianity', Mission Studies, 28 120 (2011) [C3]|
|2011||King FJ, 'African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations, SPCK International Study Guide No. 46 [Book Review]', Theology, 114 137-138 (2011) [C3]|
|2010||King FJ, ''Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do': Reflections on Luke 23:34a, Kol Nidre and the Atonement', The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 24 134-160 (2010) [C1]|
|2010||King FJ, 'Standing on the shoulders of giants: Re-tuning John O'Neill's theory of the blasphemy charge against Jesus', Irish Biblical Studies, 28 52-77 (2010) [C1]|
|2010||King FJ, '12th December: Third Sunday of Advent: Matthew 11:2-11', Expository Times, 122 86-88 (2010) [C3]|
|2010||King FJ, 'SCM studyguide to Christian mission: Historic types and contemporary expressions', Mission Studies, 27 275-276 (2010) [C3]|
|2010||King FJ, 'African and European readers of the Bible in dialogue: In quest of a shared meaning', Mission Studies, 27 97-98 (2010) [C3]|
|2010||King FJ, 'Leading cross-culturally: Covenant relationships for effective Christian leadership', Mission Studies, 27 108-109 (2010) [C3]|
|2010||King FJ, 'Jesus: A portrait', Mission Studies, 27 112-113 (2010) [C3]|
|2009||King FJ, ''De Baptista nil nisi bonum': John the Baptist as a paradigm for mission', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 173-191 (2009) [C1]|
|2009||King FJ, 'How Africa shaped the Christian mind: Rediscovering the African seedbed of western Christianity', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 258-259 (2009) [C3]|
|2009||King FJ, 'The living dead and the living god: Christ and the ancestors in a changing Africa', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 119-120 (2009) [C3]|
|2009||King FJ, 'The ministry of the Missional Church: A commentary led by the spirit', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 105-106 (2009) [C3]|
|2009||King FJ, 'The mission-driven parish', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 255 (2009) [C3]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of current supervisions||2|
|Total current UoN Masters EFTSL||0.25|
|Total current UoN PhD EFTSL||0.25|
For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, details are shown in italics, and the institution name is listed below the program name.
|Program||Supervisor Type||Research Title|
|2012||2016||M Philosophy (Religious)||Co-Supervisor||Spirit-Baptism in Luke-Acts: A Narrative Critique of the Pentecostal Doctrine of "Baptism in the Holy Spirit"|
|2009||2017||PhD (Religious Studies)||Co-Supervisor||The NT Picture of Judas Iscariot|
Rev. Fergus King
|Work Phone||(02) 4921 5237|
|Fax||(02) 4921 6933|
|Position||Conjoint Senior Lecturer|
Philosophy, Religion & Theology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Focus Area||Philosophy, Religion and Theology|
Callaghan NSW 2308