Dr Edward Adams
Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies
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Address Room 3F, Chesham Building,
King's College London
Edward Adams came to King’s in 1996 as a tutor in New Testament and was appointed Lecturer in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of London (BD). He undertook his doctorate at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Professor John Barclay (now Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham), gaining his PhD in 1995.
Paul and Pauline Christianity
Cosmological language in the New Testament
New Testament eschatology
The Fourfold Gospel
The social formation of early Christianity
Linguistic approaches and social-scientific approaches to the New Testament
Edward is generally interested in the New Testament in its literary, historical, social and intellectual environment. His doctoral work examined Paul’s usage of cosmological language (drawing on insights from linguistics and the social sciences). His next major project, for which he received AHRC funding, was an investigation of New Testament language of cosmic catastrophe. He is currently researching early Christian meeting places. He was awarded a Leverhulme research fellowship (taken up in 2010-11) to pursue this topic. He is also writing a guide to the Fourfold Gospel informed by narratology, while continuing to work in the areas of New Testament cosmology and eschatology.
He is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, the British New Testament Society and the Tyndale Fellowship. Among his departmental duties, he convenes the Biblical Studies Research Seminar.
Edward Adams (2010) 'Cosmic Catastrophe Imagery in the New Testament ', in Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical and Theological Perspectives pp. 108-120
Edward Adams (2010) 'Does Awaiting ‘New Heavens and a New Earth’ (2 Pet 3.13) Mean Abandoning the Environment? ' EXPOSITORY TIMES, 121 (4), pp. 168-175.
[Article in print Journal]
Edward Adams (2010) 'Paul, Jesus, and Christ', in The Blackwell Companion to Jesus pp. 94-110
Edward Adams (2009) 'Formation of the ekklesia', in After the First Urban Christians: The Social-Scientific Study of Pauline Christianity Twenty-Five Years Later pp. 60-78
Edward Adams (2009) 'The Cosmology of Hebrews', in The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology pp. 122-139
Edward Adams (2008) 'Graeco-Roman and early Jewish Cosmology', in Cosmology and New Testament Theology pp. 5-27
Edward Adams (2008) 'New Creation in Paul's Letters and Thought' JOURNAL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, 59, pp. 758-761.
[Book Review (Print)]
Edward Adams (2008) 'The Ancient Church at Megiddo: The Discovery and an Assessment of its Significance' EXPOSITORY TIMES, 120 (2), pp. 62-69.
[Article in print Journal]
Since arriving at King's in 1996, he has taught widely in the field of New Testament, including courses on Jesus and the origins of Christology, the passion narratives of the four Gospels, Luke’s Gospel, John’s Gospel, 1 Corinthians, 1 Peter, and the social formation of the early churches. In 2012-13, he is teaching the following modules:
He contributes to the MA module ‘Interpreting the Bible’ (7AATC421), which is the foundational course of the MA in Biblical Studies. He also contributes to the MA in Bible and Ministry and the DMin progamme (both taught at the Waterloo Campus).
Expertise and public engagement
Edward welcomes enquiries from prospective postgraduate students interested in doing research under his supervision in any of the areas indicated in his research interests.
Edward Adams is strongly committed to the public communication of his subject. He has given public lectures both at King’s and in other London venues including Westminster Abbey, the South Bank Christian Studies Centre and the Hampstead Christian Studies Centre. He has also given radio and TV interviews (BBC radio, Talk Radio, CNN, Discovery Channel, Channel 4 and Channel Five) on a large range of topics relating to earliest Christianity.