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Edward Adams

Professor Edward Adams

adamsProfessor of New Testament Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2502
Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.18, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway
London, WC2B 6LE


Edward Adams obtained a BD from the University of London before completing a PhD at the university of Glasgow (under the supervision of Professor John M.G.Barclay).  He has taught at King’s College London since 1996 and was installed as Professor of New Testament in 2014.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • The four Gospels and their portrayal/s of Jesus
  • Paul, his letters and theology
  • Pauline churches (especially the church at Corinth)
  • The social formation of early Christianity
  • Cosmology in the New Testament
  • Eschatology in the New Testament
  • The use of linguistics (especially literary linguistics) and narratology in New Testament interpretation
  • Early Christian meeting places
  • The origins and early development of church architecture

Edward Adams is generally interested in the New Testament in the literary, historical, social and intellectual contexts of the first century, and in the historical origins and early development of Christianity.  He has a particular interest in Paul and his churches, stemming from his PhD, which examined Paul’s use of the words ‘world’ and ‘creation’, identifying different patterns of epistolary usage and relating them to the different community situations addressed.  He also enjoys working on the Gospels.  He has recently written a book on the four Gospels, which offers a narratological model for negotiating their commonality and individuality.  His latest book is a study of early Christian meeting places, arising from Leverhulme-funded research.  In this volume, he argues for a broader perspective on early Christian meeting locales that goes considerably beyond the conventional focus on houses and house churches.  He continues to research on ecclesial space in early (pre-Constantinian) Christianity and on other topics.

He welcomes enquiries from prospective research students who want to work on projects related to his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications

  • The Earliest Christian Meeting Places: Almost Exclusively Houses? London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2013
  • Parallel Lives of Jesus: Four Gospels, One Story, London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press (under the title, Parallel Lives of Jesus: A Guide to the Four Gospels), 2011
  • The Stars Will Fall from Heaven: ‘Cosmic Catastrophe’ in the New Testament and its World, London: T&T Clark International, 2007
  • Co-edited with D.G.Horrell, Christianity at Corinth: The Quest for the Pauline Church, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004
  • Constructing the World: A Study in Paul’s Cosmological Language, Edinburgh: T &T Clark, 2000
For a complete list of publications, please see Edward's full research profile.


  • 5AAT2009 Intermediate Greek with Texts
  • 5AAT2020 Paul in Context
  • 5AAT2047 New Testament Greek & Exegesis A
  • 5AAT2048 New Testament Greek & Exegesis B
  • 6AAT3036 Exploring New Testament Theology I (Eschatology)


  • 7AATC231 Paul’s Writings: Special Study of Chosen Passages
    and contributions to
  • 7AATC421 Interpreting the Bible 
  • 7AATC233 The Gospels
Expertise and public engagement
Recent interviews

Reputations, episode on St Paul, Premier Radio, broadcast 26th May 2014
The Jesus Mysteries, National Geographic, broadcast 20th April 2014
Bible Hunters, BBC2, broadcast 13th, 20th February 2014.


Edward Adams has contributed (through consultancy and recorded interviews) to many TV and radio programmes.  He was the academic consultant for the award-winning TV series, David Suchet: In the Footsteps of Paul, shown on BBC1 in 2012.  He is happy to talk to the media on his areas of expertise. 




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