Professor Gordon McConville
Professor of Old Testament Theology
Gordon studied at the universities of Cambridge (Modern Languages), Edinburgh (Theology) and Belfast (PhD in Old Testament). He came to the University from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he was a member of that university’s Faculty of Theology. Specializing in the theology and interpretation of the Old Testament, he has written twelve books in the area, and co-authored and edited another seven, as well as numerous articles. He has maintained particular interests in Deuteronomy and the Prophets, but his main concern is with the interpretation of the Old Testament in relation to issues in the modern world, as reflected in two monographs, on politics (God and Earthly Power, T&TClark, 2006) and spirituality (Being Human in God’s World, Baker, 2016).
Gordon is currently writing a major commentary on the book of Isaiah (Baker), to appear, if all goes well, in 2021 or 2022. He is contracted to follow this with a further, shorter volume on Isaiah 53, which has been of immense significance in both Jewish and Christian thought. He also continues to explore lines in interpretation of the Old Testament, as in his 2019 article ‘Neither Male Nor Female: Poetic Imagery And The Nature Of God in the Old Testament’,
JSOT 44 (2019), 166-81, and in a forthcoming essay on Augustine’s use of the Old Testament.
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