Susan Docherty studied Theology at the University of Cambridge, gaining a BA, MA and MPhil there, before completing her PhD at the University of Manchester. She has taught at Newman University since 2000, and was appointed Reader in Biblical Studies in 2013 and then Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism in 2015. She specialises in early Jewish and early Christian biblical interpretation. Susan is the current convenor of the Annual (Hawarden) Seminar on the Use of the OT in the NT and jointly guest edited a special edition (published in September 2015) of the Journal of New Testament Studies devoted to this area. In 2016 she was awarded the William Barclay Distinguished Research Fellowship in Biblical Studies at Trinity College, University of Glasgow, and in 2020 the Mary Ward Visiting Fellowship at Margaret Beaufort Institute Cambridge.
- Use of OT in NT
- Early Jewish and early Christian biblical interpretation
- Pseudepigrapha, especially rewritten bible genre
- Qumran Scrolls
Professor Docherty’s teaching career has spanned thirty years and covered all levels from secondary school to adult groups as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students. She currently teaches courses in various aspects of biblical studies, early Christian theology and Judaism.
Head of subject for Theology 2004- present
Programme Leader for Combined Honours 2007-2012
Associate Dean of School, 2008-2009 and 2010-2011
Membership of Professional Organisations
Chair: Annual (Hawarden) Seminar on the Use of the NT in the OT
Co-Chair: NT and Second Temple Judaism Seminar, British New Testament Society
Executive Committee member: British New Testament Society
Member: Society of Biblical Literature
Associate member, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Member of the International Advisory Board, Irish Theological Quarterly
Conferences and Other Research Activity
The Greek Text of John’s Gospel in Codex Bezae
Re-narrated Biblical Stories in the Letter to the Hebrews
Teacher Experiences in Catholic Schools
Textual and Contextual Background of OT Quotations in Hebrews
The Containment Motif in the Gospel of Mark
The Church-State Partnership in Catholic Education
PhD External Examining
10 in UK
3 in Europe
Book reviews for Journal of New Testament Studies; Irish Theological Quarterly; Expository Times; Modern Believing; Reviews in Biblical Literature; Dead Sea Discoveries
Manuscript reviews for SPCK, CUP and Baylor Press
Project/grant application reviewer for the European Science Fund and Carnegie Trust
External reviewer for a pilot RAE of Romanian University Theology Faculties (2011)
External reviewer for applications to Georgian national research fund (Humanities) 2019
Selection of Recent Conference Papers Presented
“Israel’s Scriptures in Hebrews”. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, California, November 2019
“Celebrating (At Least) Four Decades of OT in NT Scholarship in Britain.” Annual International Seminar on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, March 2018
“Between the Testaments: Early Lessons in Applying the Scriptures to Contemporary Ethical and Theological Issues.” Keynote Lecture, Conference on the Place of Sacred Texts in Contemporary Religious Education, Heythrop College University of London, March 2017
“Why So Much Talk? Direct Speech as a Literary and Exegetical Device in Rewritten Bible.” Keynote Lecture, Annual Meeting of Swedish Exegetical Society, University of Gothenburg, September 2016
“Methodology in Old Testament Scholarship: Inner-Biblical Allusion According to William Tooman.” Annual International Seminar on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, March 2016
“The Use of Scripture in the New Testament and the ‘Rewritten Bible’ Texts: Some Exegetical Comparisons.” Keynote Lecture: British Society of New Testament Studies Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, September 2015
“Seeing the Face of God in Prayer: Divine Presence in the Temple and Cult in Septuagint Psalms.” Conference on Epiphanies of the Divine in the Septuagint and the New Testament, 5th International Symposium of the Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti, University of Nottingham, May 2015
“The Reception of Proverbs in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature.” Annual International Seminar on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, Gladstone’s Library Hawarden, March 2015
“Recent Interpretation of Hebrews 3-4: Identifying the Issues and Trends.” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, University of Vienna, July 2014
“Interpreting the Scriptures in the New Testament and in the So-Called ‘Rewritten Bible’ Texts: A Study in Exegetical Method.” St. Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies, June 2014
“The New Testament Authors as Interpreters of Scripture: Reflections in the Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha and Other Early Jewish Texts.” Public Lecture: University of Tilburg, Netherlands, March 2013
“The Acts of the Apostles in its Jewish Context: Literary Structures and Genre.” British Society of New Testament Studies Annual Conference, Kings College London, September 2012
“Moses in Hebrews.” International Conference on Moses in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, University of Pretoria, South Africa, August 2012
“The Interpretation of the Old Testament in Hebrews: Towards A New Methodology.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, November 2011
“The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews Chapter 13.” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Kings College London, July 2011
“Genesis in Hebrews.” Manchester-Sheffield-Lausanne Colloquium, University of Manchester, June 2011
Docherty, S.E. (2009) The use of the Old Testament in Hebrews: a case study in early Jewish bible interpretation. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/238. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Docherty, S.E. (2014) The Jewish pseudepigrapha: an introduction to the literature of the Second Temple period. London: SPCK and Minneapolis: Fortress.
Kowalski, B. and Docherty, S.E. (eds.) (2021) Let my people go: the reception of Exodus motifs in Jewish and Christian literature. Themes in Biblical Narrative Series 30. Leiden: Brill.
Docherty, S.E and Smith, S. (eds.) (forthcoming) The Scriptures in the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic. Library of New Testament Studies Series. London: Bloomsbury
Docherty, S.E. (2004) ‘Joseph and Aseneth: rewritten bible or narrative expansion?’ Journal for the Study of Judaism 35, pp. 27-48.
Docherty, S.E. (2004) ‘The use of the Old Testament in the New’, Scripture Bulletin 34, pp. 60-70.
Docherty, S.E., (2009) ‘The text form of the OT Citations in Hebrews chapter 1 and the implications for the study of the Septuagint’, New Testament Studies 55/3, pp. 355-365.
Docherty, S.E. (2014) ‘New Testament scriptural interpretation in its early Jewish context: reflections on the status quaestionis and future directions’, Novum Testamentum 56, pp. 1-19.
Docherty, S.E. (2015) “‘Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:30): current trends and future perspectives in the study of the use of the Old Testament in the New’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38/1, pp. 112-125.
Docherty, S.E. (2016) ‘Recent interpretation of Hebrews chapters 3-4: critical issues and scholarly trends’, Irish Theological Quarterly 81/4, pp. 1-12.
Docherty, S.E. (2017) ‘Why so much talk? Direct speech as a literary and exegetical device in rewritten bible with special reference to Pseudo-Philo’s Biblical Antiquities’, Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok 82, pp. 52-75.
Docherty, S.E. (2018) ‘A new dialogue between biblical scholarship and Religious Education’, British Journal of Religious Education 40/2.
Docherty, S.E. (2020), ‘Between the testaments: early exemplars of scriptural formation.” Pastoral Review 16/2: 48-51.
Chapters in Edited Books
Docherty, S.E. (2002) ‘Joseph the patriarch: representations of Joseph’, in O’Kane, M., (ed.) Borders, boundaries and the bible. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, pp. 194-216.
Docherty, S.E. (2012) ‘Genesis in Hebrews’, in Moyise, S. and Menken, M.M.J. (eds.) Genesis in the New Testament. Library of New Testament Studies Series 466. London: T&T Clark International, pp. 124-140.
Docherty, S.E. (2013) ‘The reception of Tobit in the New Testament and early Christian literature, with special reference to Luke-Acts’, in Verheyden, J., Koet, B. and Moyise, S. (eds.) The scriptures of Israel in Jewish and Christian tradition: essays in honour of Maarten J.J. Menken. Novum Testamentum Supplements Series 148. Leiden: Brill, pp. 81-94.
Docherty, S.E. (2018) ‘Exegetical methods in the New Testament and “rewritten bible”: A comparative analysis’, in Allen, G.V. and Dunne, J.A. (eds.) Ancient Readers and Their Scriptures: Engaging the Hebrew Bible in Early Judaism and Christianity. Leiden: Brill, pp. 91-108.
Docherty, S.E. (2018) ‘Composite citations in Hebrews’, in Adams, S.A. and Ehorn, S.M. (eds.) Citations in antiquity volume 2: the New Testament. Library of New Testament Studies Series 593. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, pp. 190-208.
Docherty, S.E. (2019) ‘Scripture and Religious Education: Jesus as ‘messiah’ and ‘divine son’ – insights from recent New Testament scholarship’, in Whittle, S. (ed.) Religious Education in Catholic schools: perspectives from Ireland and the UK. Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 193-207.
Docherty, S.E. (2019) ‘Abraham in rewritten bible’, in Adams, S.A. and Domoney-Lyttle, Z. (eds.) Abraham in Jewish and early Christian literature. Library for Second Temple Studies Series 93. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, pp. 59-74.
Docherty, S.E. (2019) ‘Crossing testamentary borders: insights from Old Testament scholarship’, in Allen, D. and Smith, S. (eds.) Methodology in the use of the Old Testament in the New: context and criteria. Library of New Testament Studies Series 579. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, pp. 11-22.
Docherty, S.E. (2019) ‘Return to the fountain of wisdom: Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4,’ in Macnamara, L. and Browne, M. (eds.), The Glenstal Companion to the Readings of the Easter Vigil. Dublin: Columba Press, pp. 99-112.
Docherty, S.E. (2020) ‘The Use of the Old Testament in Hebrews chapter 13’, in Mason, E. and Moffitt, D. (eds.) Studies in Hebrews. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, pp. 207-218.
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘The Epistle of Jeremiah’, in Oegema, G.S. (ed.), The Oxford handbook of the Apocrypha. Oxford/New York: OUP, pp. 397-409.
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘Israel’s Scriptures in Hebrews’, in Lee, M.P. and Oropeza, B.J. (eds.), Practicing intertextuality: Jewish and Greco-Roman exegetical techniques in the New Testament. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ’The reception of Exodus motifs in the early Jewish pseudepigrapha’, in Kowalski, B. and Docherty, S.E. (eds.) Let my people go: the reception of Exodus motifs in Jewish and Christian literature. Themes in Biblical Narrative Series 30. Leiden: Brill, pp. 111-130.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Seeing the face of God in prayer: divine presence in the temple and cult in Septuagint Psalms’, in Deines, R. (ed.) Epiphanies of the divine in the Septuagint and the New Testament. Proceedings of the 5th international symposium of the Corpus Judaeo-Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti, Nottingham 2015. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Proverbs’, in Karrer, M., Kraus W. and Kreuzer, S. (eds.) Handbuch zur Septuaginta Band III. Würzburg: Gütersloher.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Israel’s Scriptures in the synoptic gospels’, in Ahearne-Kroll, S (ed.) The Oxford handbook of the synoptic gospels. New York/Oxford: OUP.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘How Hebrews reads scripture’, in Gray, P (ed.) The Oxford handbook of Hebrews and the catholic epistles. New York/Oxford: OUP.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Israel’s scriptures in the Dead Sea Scrolls,’ in Henze, M. and Lincicum. D. (eds.), The Old Testament in the New: Israel’s scriptures in the New Testament and other early Christian writings. Grand Rapids, Michigan/Cambridge: Eerdmans.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Acts and Hebrews: commonalities in scriptural exegesis,‘ in van Wieringen, A.L.H.M., Lietaert Peerbolte, B.J. and Vander Stichele, C. (eds.), On the road with Luke-Acts: perspectives from the Old Testament, New Testament and early Christian writings. Leiden: Brill.
Docherty, S.E., (forthcoming) ‘The Biblical Antiquities of Pseudo-Philo and Hebrews 11:23-40: Israel’s history as a call to faith,’ in Blackwell, B.C., Goodrich, J.K. and Maton, J. (eds.), Reading Hebrews in context: the sermon and Second Temple Judaism. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Academic.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Re-use of scripture in 1 Enoch: mapping the terrain‘, in Docherty, S.E. and Smith, S. (eds.), The scriptures in the Book of Revelation and apocalyptic. Library of New Testament Studies Series. London: Bloomsbury.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Biblical interpretation’, in Aitken, J. and Longenecker, B. (eds.), The Apocrypha and Septuagint. Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Academic.
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Moses in Hebrews,’ in Steyn, G.J. and Human, D. (eds.), Portraits of Moses. London: Bloomsbury
Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘Practices of interpretation,’ in Shively, E., Lang T.J. and Longenecker, B. (eds.), Behind the scenes of the New Testament: cultural, social and historical contexts. Ada, MI: Baker Academic
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘Genesis 41: Joseph’s Rise to Power in Egypt,’ The Visual Commentary on Scripture (https://thevcs.org/).
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘Abraham in early Jewish tradition’, The Newman 112: 2-7.
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘Before Abraham was: Abraham in early Jewish interpretation,’ godwhospeaks.uk/before-abraham-was-abraham-in-early-jewish-interpretation.
Docherty, S.E. (2021) ‘Better is someone upright who has no idols: introducing the Letter of Jeremiah,’ godwhospeaks.uk/better-is-someone-upright-who-has-no-idols.