About this Fellow
I have worked mainly on the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, writing on the canon, the theology of biblical books (especially the prophets), ethical ideas in the Bible, and the history and practice of biblical interpretation. My current research interests centre on the history and development of the Bible from ancient to modern times, and also on biblical translation in theory and practice. In addition I am continuing to pursue questions about biblical ethics.
- Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow, Campion Hall, Oxford
- Junior Research Fellow, Merton College University of Oxford, 1973 - 1974
- University lecturer in Theology (Old Testament), University of Oxford, 1974 - 1989
- Reader in Biblical Studies, University of Oxford, 1989 - 1991
- Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture, Oriel College University of Oxford, 1991 - 2014
- Emeritus Professor, University of Oxford, 1973
- Emeritus Oriel & Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture; Senior Research Fellow, Campion Hall University of Oxford, 2014
Islamic history 1050-1250, especially Iran and Syria; Muslim perspectives of the crusades, the scholar al-Ghazali and the caliphate.
Sanskritic Hindu thought, including classical Vedanta, and 19th-century Bengal; comparative study, with special reference to Hinduism and Indian Christianity
Social history of Christianity in western Europe and the USA in the 19th and 20th century, including urban and working class history, secularisation and international comparison
Psychological models and treatment of recurrent depression; experimental cognitive psychology of the processes that increase risk of suicidality; prevention of suicidal depression through mindfulness-based treatments