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Biography

Susannah Ticciati read Part I maths and Part II theology at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where she went on to do an MPhil and PhD in theology. After a year in Göttingen she held a research fellowship at Selwyn College, Cambridge, before starting at King’s in 2005.

Dr Ticciati is co-editor, with Jim Fodor, of Brill’s Studies in Systematic Theology.

Research interests

  • Constructive Christian doctrinal theology
  • Biblical hermeneutics
  • Theological interpretation of Scripture
  • Apophatic theology
  • Scriptural Reasoning

Susannah Ticciati’s research in Christian theology has a constructive emphasis, treating traditional doctrinal loci in the light of contemporary concerns. It is resourced both by Scripture and by historical theologians, and involves creative rereading of both. On the Scriptural side she has worked closely with the book of Job and Wisdom literature more widely, and with aspects of Paul’s epistolary output. From the tradition, Augustine and Karl Barth are key interlocutors. Thematically, her focuses include the doctrine of creation ex nihilo, the relation between divine and creaturely agency, the doctrine of election, and the problem of Christian supersessionism, with a particular interest in the identity of Israel for Christian theology. Her approach is strongly apophatic, emphasising God’s transcendence of language. Semiotics is an important philosophical resource for her theology.

Dr Ticciati’s research is informed by her longstanding participation in the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which Jews, Christians and Muslims read their sacred texts together. She is interested in the various patterns of reasoning exhibited in the different traditions.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Teaching

Dr Ticciati teaches modules in Systematic Theology at all levels (undergraduate and postgraduate). She supervises PhD students working in Systematic Theology and at the intersection between Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies, including biblical hermeneutics.