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Dr Adrian Long

Head of Academic Quality Services

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.


I’ve always thought that the broader your understanding, the more profound your grasp of a concept or situation will be. Theology and biblical studies are disciplines which throw the net wide, encouraging us to understand ourselves, our world and culture, as well as historical texts and contexts, in light of one another. My interest is in exploring how these things fit together, in helping students to ask the hard questions which challenge and unpick those relationships.


  • BA (Hons): Geography, University of Portsmouth, 1990
  • BA (Hons): Theology, London School of Theology, 1995
  • MA: Aspects of Biblical Interpretation, London School of Theology, 1997
  • PhD: Paul and Human Rights: A Dialogue with the Father of the Corinthian Community, University of Gloucestershire, 2005

Membership of professional bodies

British New Testament Society

Teaching & Research


Across the range of biblical and theological studies, especially in New Testament and contextual theologies.


The socio-political use, abuse and significance of biblical texts, particularly the Pauline letters and Luke-Acts. Contemporary and biblical pneumatology.