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Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • 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

Research

Research keywords

  • Hermeneutics
  • Post-Aristotelian Philosophy
  • Religion
  • The New Testament
  • Theology

Research expertise

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.

Languages

  • Greek
  • Latin
  • Scots
  • Swahili

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
220499Religion And Religious Studies Not Elsewhere Classified100

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Church History
  • Greek
  • Missiology
  • New Testament
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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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1998King 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.

2000King 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.

2007King 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.

2002King FJ, 'Theological Education and Mission', Mission Studies, XIX 77-89 (2002) [C1]

Cited by Steve de Gruchy in later significant writing from South Africa

2001King FJ, 'Inculturation And The Book of Revelation', Mission Studies, 18 24-41 (2001) [C1]

Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

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Book (3 outputs)

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2009King FJ, Opening the Scroll: An Introductory Commentary on the Revelation of John, Lambert Academic Publishing, Koln, Germany, 212 (2009) [A2]
2007King 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.

2000King FJ, Mwongozo wa Ufunuo wa Yohana, Central Tanganyika Press, Dodoma, Tanzania, 289 (2000) [A2]

Chapter (3 outputs)

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2012King FJ, 'Ice-cold in Alex: Philo's treatment of the divine lover in Hellenistic pedagogy', Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator, Bristol Classical Press, London 164-179 (2012) [B1]
2009King FJ, 'There's more to meals than food: A contextual interpretation of Paul's understanding of the Corinthian Lord's Supper', Christian Worship in Australia: Inculturating the Liturgical Tradition, St Pauls Publications, Strathfield, New South Wales 167-179 (2009) [B1]
2000King 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.

Journal article (55 outputs)

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2014King FJ, 'Lex orandi, lex credendi: worship and doctrine in Revelation 4┬┐5', Scottish Journal of Theology, 67 33-49 (2014) [C1]
2014King FJ, 'Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline', Colloquium, 46 119-121 (2014) [C3]
2014King FJ, 'Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality', Colloquium, 46 132-135 (2014) [C3]
2014King FJ, 'More Than a Vapid Sound: The Case for a Hermeneutic of Resonance', Journal for Theology in Southern Africa, 148 83-98 (2014)
2013King FJ, ''Deep change or slow death┬┐: Johannine Critique and Ignatian Resolution', Compass: a review of topical theology, 47 22-29 (2013) [C1]
2013King FJ, ''In hoc signo': A literary and social analysis of Constantine's dream', St Mark's Review, 16-26 (2013) [C1]
2013King FJ, 'Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament: Studies Commemorating the Centennial of the Pontifical Biblical Institute', Colloquium, 45 91-93 (2013) [C3]
2012King FJ, ''Pointing the Bone': Sorcery Syndrome and Uncanny Death in Acts 5:1-11', Irish Biblical Studies, 30 12-34 (2012) [C1]
2012King 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]
2012King FJ, 'To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History [Book Review]', Mission Studies, 29 136-137 (2012) [C3]
2012King FJ, 'Encountering Theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments, and Contemporary Issues [Book review]', Mission Studies, 29 127-128 (2012) [C3]
2012King FJ, 'The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements Between Luke and the Five Senses [Book review]', Colloquium, 44 278-280 (2012) [C3]
2011King FJ, 'Mission-Shaped or Paul-Shaped? Apostolic challenges to the Mission-Shaped Church', Journal of Anglican Studies, 9 223-246 (2011) [C1]
2011King FJ, 'Review: Gallagher, Robert L. and Hertig, Paul. Landmark essays in mission and world Christianity', Mission Studies, 28 120 (2011) [C3]
2011King FJ, 'African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations, SPCK International Study Guide No. 46 [Book Review]', Theology, 114 137-138 (2011) [C3]
2010King 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]
2010King 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]
2010King FJ, '12th December: Third Sunday of Advent: Matthew 11:2-11', Expository Times, 122 86-88 (2010) [C3]
2010King FJ, 'Leading cross-culturally: Covenant relationships for effective Christian leadership', Mission Studies, 27 108-109 (2010) [C3]
2010King FJ, 'SCM studyguide to Christian mission: Historic types and contemporary expressions', Mission Studies, 27 275-276 (2010) [C3]
2010King FJ, 'Jesus: A portrait', Mission Studies, 27 112-113 (2010) [C3]
2010King FJ, 'African and European readers of the Bible in dialogue: In quest of a shared meaning', Mission Studies, 27 97-98 (2010) [C3]
2009King 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]
2009King 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]
2009King 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]
2009King FJ, 'The mission-driven parish', Mission Studies: Journal of the International Association for Mission Studies, 26 255 (2009) [C3]
2009King 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]
2008King FJ, 'Brondos, D. A., Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle's Story of Redemption', Mission Studies, 25 293-294 (2008) [C1]
2008King FJ, 'Hume, L., and McPhillips, K., Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment', Mission Studies, 25 124-125 (2008) [C3]
2008King FJ, 'Barz, G.F., Performing Religion: Negotiating Past and Present in Kwaya Music of Tanzania', Journal of World Christianity, 1 204-206 (2008) [C3]
2008King FJ, 'Tarrant, I., Anglican Swahili prayer Books: Tanzania (1995) and Congo (1998)', Mission Studies, 25 282-283 (2008) [C3]
2007King FJ, 'Kollman, P.V., The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in East Africa', Mission Studies, 24 142-143 (2007) [C3]
2007King FJ, 'Flemming, D.E., Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission', Mission Studies, 24 138-139 (2007) [C3]
2007King FJ, 'Jalland, P., Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth Century Australia: War, Medicine and the Funeral Business', Australian Economic History Review: an Asia-Pacific journal of economic business and social history, 46 295-296 (2007) [C3]
2007King FJ, 'Adamo, D. (ed.), Biblical Interpretation in African Perspective', Mission Studies, 24 353-354 (2007) [C3]
2007King FJ, 'Avis, P., A Ministry Shaped by Mission', Mission Studies, 24 347-348 (2007) [C3]
2006King FJ, 'Beale, G.K., The Temple and the Church's Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God', Mission Studies, 23 299-300 (2006) [C1]
2005King FJ, 'Fotopoulos, J., Food Offered to Idols in Roman Corinth', Mission Studies, 22 169-170 (2005) [C3]
2005King FJ, 'Magesa, L., Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa,', Mission Studies, 22 351-352 (2005) [C3]
2004King FJ, 'Travesty or Taboo: "Drinking Blood" and Revelation 17:2-6', Neotestamentica, 38 305-328 (2004) [C1]
2004King FJ, 'Gallagher, R.L., and Hertig, P., Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context', Mission Studies, 21 325-326 (2004) [C3]
2002King FJ, 'Theological Education and Mission', Mission Studies, XIX 77-89 (2002) [C1]

Cited by Steve de Gruchy in later significant writing from South Africa

2002King FJ, 'Making Disciples: Four Missionary Movements', Thinking Mission, 2002 19-25 (2002) [C3]
2002King FJ, 'Gonzalez, J.L., Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit', Mission Studies, 19 184-186 (2002) [C3]
2001King FJ, 'Inculturation And The Book of Revelation', Mission Studies, 18 24-41 (2001) [C1]
2001King FJ, 'Legrand, L., The Bible on Culture', Mission Studies, 18 172-173 (2001) [C3]
1999King FJ, 'Wachege, P. N., Jesus Christ Our Muthamaki (Ideal Elder)', Mission Studies, 16 211-213 (1999) [C3]
1999King FJ, 'How the Bible Says? Reflections on the Bible, Culture and Reading', Thinking Mission, 1999 2-8 (1999) [C3]
1998King 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.

1997King FJ, 'St Paul & Culture', Mission Studies, 14 84-101 (1997) [C1]
1997King FJ, 'WaKristo Na Serikali Mbovu', Jarida la Kichungaji, 4 103-107 (1997) [C1]
1997King FJ, 'Eating in Corinth: Full Meal or Token Meal?', Irish Biblical Studies, 19 161-173 (1997) [C1]
1996King FJ, 'Je, Lazima Ubatizo Uwe Ktk Maji Mengi', Jarida la Kichungaji, 3 105-110 (1996) [C1]
1994King FJ, 'Angels and Ancestors: A Basis for Christology?', Mission Studies, XI 10-26 (1994) [C1]
1993King FJ, 'The Chreia: Return of the Form Critic', Africa Theology Journal, 22 76-90 (1993) [C1]
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Grants and Funding

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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions3
Total current UoN Masters EFTSL0.1
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL0.5

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142017M Philosophy (Theology)Co-SupervisorRe-figuring the Modern Subject (the knower whose consciousness structures their understanding of the world) through the pre conscious approach found in Divine Hospitality: A Journey of authentic selfhood in "Works of Love" and "The Christian Life"
20142020PhD (Religious Studies)Co-SupervisorWhat is "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" in Luke-Acts? A Narrative-Socio-Historical Approach to Defining the Distinctive(s) of Baptism in the Holy Spirit
20092017PhD (Religious Studies)Co-SupervisorThe NT Picture of Judas Iscariot
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Rev. Fergus King

Work Phone(02) 4921 5237
Fax(02) 4921 6933
Email
PositionConjoint Senior Lecturer
Philosophy, Religion & Theology
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaPhilosophy, Religion and Theology
Office
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McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/fergus-king