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Biography

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 OT in the NT and jointly guest edited a special edition (published in September 2015) of the Journal of New Testament Studies devoted to the use of the OT in the NT. In 2016 she was awarded the William Barclay Distinguished Research Fellowship in Biblical Studies at Trinity College, University of Glasgow.

 

Profile

Research Interests

  • Use of OT in NT
  • Early Jewish and early Christian biblical interpretation
  • Pseudepigrapha, especially rewritten bible genre
  • Septuagint
  • Qumran Scrolls

Teaching

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.

Administrative Responsibilities

Head of subject for Theology 2004- present

Programme Leader for Combined Honours 2007-2012

Associate Dean of School, 2008-2009 and 2010-2011

Current external examiner for biblical studies programmes at University of Glasgow and St Patrick’s College Maynooth

External examiner for biblical studies programmes at the University of Glasgow

Membership of Professional Organisations

Chair: Annual (Hawarden) Seminar on the NT in the OT

Co-Chair: NT and Second Temple Judaism Seminar, British New Testament Society

Executive Committee Member: British New Testament Society

Steering Group Member: Society of Biblical Literature Hebrews Section

Member: Society of Biblical Literature

 

Other Activities

Research Supervision

Current:

Re-narrated Biblical Stories in the Letter to the Hebrews

Catholic Schools Policy in UK

Recently Completed:

The Containment Motif in the Gospel of Mark

Textual and Contextual Background of OT Quotations in Hebrews

Catholic Schools Policy in UK

PhD External Examining

10 in UK

2 in Europe

1 in South Africa

Reviewing Roles

Book reviews for Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Irish Theological Quarterly; Journal for the Study of Judaism; Journal of Beliefs and Values; Expository Times; Journal of Theological Studies

Reviewer for submissions to JSNT and Religions

New manuscript reviews for SPCK and CUP

Project/grant application reviewer for the European Science Fund and Carnegie Trust

External reviewer for a pilot RAE of Romanian University Theology Faculties (2011)

Member of the Peer Review College for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

Selection of Recent Conference Papers Presented

“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

Publications

Books

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.

Docherty, S.E. and Kowalski, B. (eds.) Let my people go: the reception of Exodus motifs in Jewish and Christian literature. Themes in Biblical Narrative Series. Leiden: Brill (in preparation)

Journal Articles

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. (2015) ‘New Testament scriptural interpretation in its early Jewish context: reflections on the status quaestionis and future directions’, Novum Testamentum 57, 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; DOI: 10.1080/01416200.2018.1493272​

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. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, pp. 190-208.

Docherty, S.E. (2018) ‘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. (forthcoming) ‘Crossing testamentary borders: insights from Old Testament scholarship’, in Allen, D. and Smith, S. (eds.) Methodology in intertextuality: celebrating 40 years of the annual (Hawarden) seminar on the use of the OT in the NT. Library of New Testament Studies Series. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark.

Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘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. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark.

Docherty, S.E. (forthcoming) ‘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.

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) ’The reception of Exodus motifs in the early Jewish pseudepigrapha’, in Docherty, S.E. and Kowalski, B. (eds.) Let my people go: the reception of Exodus motifs in Jewish and Christian literature. Leiden: Brill.

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

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