Vice-Chancellor’s PhD Scholarships at Liverpool Hope University
Applications are invited to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University in selected areas. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.
The award covers full tuition fees and a monthly maintenance grant each year for a maximum of three years of full-time doctoral study.
For more details concerning the scheme, see http://www.hope.ac.uk/media/liverpoolhope/contentassets/documents/research/media,47420,en.pdf.
The two projects of interest to Biblical Studies and related areas students are:
- The sense(s) of Scripture in William Tyndale’s works;
- The concept of love and the use of Greek love terminology in Ancient Christian interpretation and reception of the Bible.
Please find below the summaries of the two projects:
William Tyndale and the Sense(s) of Scripture
William Tyndale is well-known for his emphasis on the true literal meaning of Scriptures (“Thou shalt understonde therefore yat the scrypture hath but one sence which is yat the literal sence” The obedience of a Christen man, Antwerp, 1528, fol. Cxxix v). His insistence on the literal sense is manifested not only in his reading aids to the Bible (in the prefaces and epilogues) but also in his controversies both with Catholics (e.g. Thomas More) and with fellow Reformers (e.g. George Joye). Yet his own biblical exegesis is far from a simplistic reductionist reading of the Bible, as Tyndale does apply a range of hermeneutical approaches to the text, a fact that is mostly overlooked in secondary literature.
By looking at Tyndale’s own exegesis in line with his avowed interpretative methods and by investigating his stand vis-à-vis questions such as the permissibility of a plurality of differing translations of the same biblical text, this project will analyse how Tyndale’s understanding of the ‘literal sense’ reacts against some of the excesses of the contemporary practices in biblical exegesis without relapsing into literalist interpretative practices. Thus the project will analyse how Tyndale’s own interpretative methods inform us about his own understanding of the question of how the true ‘literal sense’ of the Scripture can be discerned.
For more information about the project, please contact Dr Gergely Juhász (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Concept of Love and the Use of Greek Love Terminology in Ancient Christian Interpretation of the Bible
Love is one of the central concepts in Christian theology, yet the study of its significance in biblical texts has often been hampered by certain prejudices and ideas which are based on modern theological constructs, without sufficient foundation in ancient sources. Among the most influential of such constructs has been the idea that different Greek terms for love are used in the New Testament in reference to distinct types of love, and that agape in particular is the most special kind of love, fundamentally different from others, often believed to be devoid of any emotional component. While this view has been widely criticised, it still persists in popular understanding. In spite of the progress made in this regard, much of the research on love terminology in the Greek Bible to date has been based on classical and Hellenistic literary sources. What is more, much of the discussion has been focused on the New Testament, without recognising how ancient biblical interpretation can shed light on early Christian understanding of love.
In this project the focus will be on how ancient Greek speaking Christian writers interpreted and used select biblical texts about love (including both human and divine love), contributing thus to the on-going process of the shaping of the Christian tradition. Special attention will be paid to (1) love terminology; (2) the way in which love is understood, and in particular, whether it involves what we could consider an emotional component. In analysing ancient Christian writings, the PhD candidate will also be expected to take into consideration contemporary non-Christian Greek literature as well as relevant inscriptions.
For more information about the project, please contact Dr Dominika Kurek-Chomycz (email@example.com).