University of Edinburgh – School of Divinity

Theology has been taught in Edinburgh since the foundation of the University in 1583. Now housed in the historic New College buildings just below Edinburgh Castle, the School of Divinity occupies a commanding site in the city centre. The School comprises around twenty-seven academic staff, some 300 undergraduate students and about 150 graduate students from many countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

Divinity PhD Thesis

Miller, Daniel Kyle. (2010). ‘And Who is My neighbor?’: reading animal ethics through the lens of the Good Samaritan. PhD Thesis, The University of Edinburgh

Johnson, Christopher David Leonard. (2009). Authority and Tradition in Contemporary Understandings of Hesychasm and the Jesus Prayer. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Richards, Amy Diane. (2010). Bearing Witness: An Analysis of the Reporting and the Reception of News about Distant Suffering in the Light of John Howard Yoder‘s Work on Witness. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Magallanes, Sophia Ann. 2011. Bringing Wisdom Back Down to Earth: A Wisdom Reading of Job 28. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kapsner, Peter Braun. 2011. Catholic Initiation in a Minneapolis Context: Dissonance and Evolution. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Lee, Jang Ryul Lee. 2011. Christological Re-reading of the Shema (Deut 6.4) in Mark’s Gospel. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Ezigbo, Victor I. 2008. Contextualizing the Christ-Event: A Christological Study of the Interpretations and Appropriations of Jesus Christ in Nigerian Christianity. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Osuigwe, Nkem Emerald. 2010. Crude oil, conflict and Christian witness in Nigeria: Baptist and Pentecostal perspectives. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Allen, David Mark. 2007. “Deuteronomic Re-presentation in a Word of Exhortation” An Assessment of the Paraenetic Function of Deuteronomy in the letter to the Hebrews. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Wei, Lien-Yueh. 2011. Doctrinalising Dreams: Patristic Views of the Nature of Dreams and their relation to Early Christian Doctrines. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

MacDonald, Alan R. 1995. Ecclesiastical Politics in Scotland: 1586 – 1610. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Brannon, M. Jeff. 2010. ‘Heavenlies’ in Ephesians: A Lexical, Exegetical, and Conceptual Analysis. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Pickles, John G. 2010. Historical and critical examination of the notion of human-divine paradox as typified in two images from Late Quattrocento Italy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Hwang, Sunwoo. 2011. Hope for the Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom in the Light of the Davidic Covenant in Chronicles. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

McCabe, David R. 2008. How to Kill Things with Words Ananias and Sapphira Under the Apostolic-Prophetic Speech-Act of Divine Judgment (Acts 4:32–5:11). PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Schweitzer, William M. 2008. Interpreting the harmony of reality: Jonathan Edwards’ theology of revelation. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Turchin, Sean A. 2011. Introducing Christianity into Christendom: Investigating the Affinity Between Søren Kierkegaard and the Early Thought of Karl Barth. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Keith, Chris. 2008. Jesus Began to Write: Literacy, the Pericope Adulterae, and the Gospel of John. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Merecz, Robert Jerzy. 2010. Jezebel’s Kingdom: the Queen as a primary character in 1 Kgs 16:29 – 2 Kgs 10. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Aechtner, Rebecca Barbara. 2011. Jugendfeier: a humanist ritual and its impact on contemporary German identity in Berlin. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Son, Changwan. 2009. Just War and Nuclear Weapons: just war theory and its application to the Korean nuclear weapons issue in Korean Christianity. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Hitchcock, Nathan. 2011. Karl Barth and the Resurrection of the Flesh. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

McKay, Johnston Reid. 2008. The Kingdom of God and the Presbyterian Churches Social Theology and Action c.1880 – c.1914. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Stevenson, Geoffrey. 2009. Learning to preach: social learning theory and the development of Christian preachers. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Henderson, Frances Munro. 2011. Logic of belief and the content of God: Hans Frei’s theological grammar. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Di Pede, Robert Joseph and Pede, Robert Joseph Di. 2011. Luigi Giussani: a teacher in dialogue with modernity. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Bird, Adrian. 2008. M.M. Thomas: Theological Signposts for the Emergence of Dalit Theology. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Lee, Jaekeun. 2010. McCormick missionaries and the shaping of Korean Evangelical Presbyterianism, 1888-1939. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Chandra, Michael A. 2008. Ontological and value incommensuration: Marilyn McCord Adams on medieval and modern approaches to Theodicy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Meade, Joan Anne Delsol. 2007. Pastoral Care in Disaster: A theological reflection. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kennedy, Darren M. 2008. A Personalist Doctrine of Providence: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics III.3 in Conversation with Philosophical Theology. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Hordern, Joshua. 2010. Popular Privation: Suffering in Fan Cultures. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Gay, Douglas C. 2006. A Practical Theology of Church and World: Ecclesiology and Social Vision in 20th Century Scotland. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Higgins, Thomas Winfield. 2010. Prophet, Priest and King in Colonial Africa: Anglican and Colonial Political Responses to African Independent Churches in Nigeria and Kenya, 1918-1960. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Macdonald, Fergus A J. 2008. The Psalms and Spirituality: A study of meditative engagement with selected psalms amongst Edinburgh students. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Diehl, Judith A. 2007. The Puzzle of the Prayer: A Study of John 17. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Sim, Margaret Gavin. 2006. A Relevance Theoretic approach to the particle ‘hina’ in Koine Greek. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Swanson, Steven R. 1982. The Role of Zechariah 1-8 in the Development of Apocalyptic. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Brown, Elijah M. 2008. The road to peace: The role of the Southern Sudanese church in communal stabilization and national resolution. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Lozovyy, Joseph. 2007. Saul, Doeg, Nabal and the “Son of Jesse”: Readings in 1 Samuel 16—25. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kennedy, Elisabeth Robertson. 2010. Seeking a homeland: sojourn and ethnic identity in the ancestral narratives of Genesis. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Wilson, David Gordon MacKintosh. 2011. Spiritualist mediums and other traditional shamans: towards an apprenticeship model of shamanic practice. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Hutchison, Hilda. 1957. The St. Andrews psalter : transcription and critical study of Thomas Wode’s psalter. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.  Vol.1   Vol.2

Niumeitolu, Heneli T. 2007. The State and the Church, the State of the Church in Tonga. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Yam, Chi-Keung. 2008. Study of popular Hong Kong cinema from 2001 to 2004 as resource for a contextual approach to expressions of christian faith in the public realm after the reversion to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Nykolaishen, Douglas J E. 2007. The Sway of the Persian Sceptre: The Narrative Characterisation of the Persian Kings in Ezra-Nehemiah. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Blyth, Caroline. 2008. Terrible Silence, Eternal Silence A Consideration of Dinah’s Voicelessness in the Text and Interpretive Traditions of Genesis 34. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Louie, Kin Yip. 2007. The Theological Aesthetics of Jonathan Edwards. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Daly, Todd T. 2008. A Theological Analysis of Life Extension via Aging Attenuation with Particular Reference to Ascetic Practice in the Desert Fathers. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Atkinson, William P. 2007. A Theological Appraisal of the Doctrine that Jesus Died Spiritually, as Taught by Kenyon, Hagin and Copeland. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Akanji, Israel Adelani. 2011. Towards a theology of conflict transformation: a study of religious conflict in contemporary Nigerian society. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Lee, Hansang. 2009. Trinitarian Theology and Piety: The Attributes of God in the Thought of Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) and William Perkins (1558-1602). PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Curtis, Jason M. 2007. Trinity and time: An investigation into God’s being and his relationship with the created order, with special reference to Karl Barth and Robert W Jenson. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kwok, Hon Lee. 2009. Use of Isaiah in the Pauline letters: with special reference to his self-conception of being an apostle to the gentiles. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Bailey, Hunter M. 2008. Via Media Alia: Reconsidering the controversial doctrine of universal redemption in thetheology of James Fraser of Brea (1639 – 1699). PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Aplin, Max. 2011. Was Jesus ever a disciple of John the Baptist? A historical study. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Longkumer, Arkotong. 2008. Where Do I Belong?: Evolving Reform and Identity Amongst the Zeme Heraka of North Cachar Hills, Assam, India. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Leong, Siang-Nuan. 2010. Windows to the polemics against the so-called Jews and Jezebel in Revelation: insights from historical and co(n)textual analysis. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

 

Divinity Publication

Hurtado, Larry. (2008) The Binitarian Pattern of Earliest Christian Devotion and Early Doctrinal Development

Hurtado, Larry W. Devotion to Jesus and Historical Investigation. A Grateful, Clarifying and Critical Response to Professor Casey. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 27.1 (2004)

Hurtado, Larry. (2004) Does Philo Help Explain Early Christianity?

Hurtado, Larry. (2009) Freed by Love and for Love: Freedom in the New Testament

Wardley, Kenneth Jason. 2010. Learning to be silent: theological and philosophical reflections on silence and transcendence

Wardley, Kenneth Jason. 2010. Les Discours Édifiants et la connaissance liturgique : Kierkegaard and a phenomenology of theological language. (Paper presented at Oxford Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought: International Conference on Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Discourses 16–18 April, 2010)

Hurtado, Larry. (2007) The ‘Meta-Data’ of Earliest Christian Manuscripts

Hurtado, Larry. (2009) Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology

New Testament Manuscripts: Their Text and Their World, ed. Thomas J. Kraus and Tobias Nicklas. “Texts and Editions for New Testament Study,” 2. Leiden: Brill 2006. Pp. 207-26.

Hurtado, Larry. (2009-03-01) New Testament Studies in the 20th Century, Religion 39(1) 43-57

Hurtado, Larry W. 2003. P52 (P. Rylands Gk. 457) and the Nomina Sacra: Method and Probability. Tyndale Bulletin . Vol. 54.1 (May 2003).

Hurtado, Larry. (2007) Remembering and Revelation: The Historic and Glorified Jesus in the Gospel of John.

 

Philosophy PhD thesis

Edinburgh has a distinguished place in the history of philosophy, having been home to David Hume and Adam Smith. Philosophy has been taught at the university since its foundation in 1583, and the department counts among its past scholars such leading figures as Adam Ferguson, Dugald Stewart (whose memorial, pictured, overlooks Hume’s tomb in Old Calton Cemetery), Sir William Hamilton, A.E. Taylor, Norman Kemp Smith, John Macmurray and W.H. Walsh. (See the Notes on the History of the Department.) Hume was an undergraduate, but, in one of the University’s more questionable actions, was turned down for the chair of moral philosophy in 1745.

Renton, Alistair. 2000. An apology for materialism. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Carr, Jeffrey. 1997. Aristotle’s Use of “Genus” in Logic, Philosophy and Science. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Conway, William. 1999. The deep extent of mental autonomy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Charles, S.R. 2003. The emergent metaphysics in Plato’s theory of disorder as found in The Timaeus and Laws X. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Dalgliesh, Bregham. 2002. Enlightenment contra humanism: Michel Foucault’s critical history of thought. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Pollock, William J. 2001. The Epistemology of Necessity. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Chapman, Deborah H. 2007. Florencio Segura: Communicating Quechua Evangelical Theology Via Hymnody in Southern Peru. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Duffy, Simon J. 2001. An Intuitionist Response to Moral Scepticism: A critique of Mackie’s scepticism, and an alternative proposal combining Ross’s intuitionism with a Kantian epistemology. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Zamuner, Edoardo. 2008. Knowledge and Self-Knowledge of Emotions. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kuukkanen, Jouni-Matti. 2006. Meaning Change in the Context of Thomas S. Kuhn’s Philosophy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Di Nucci, Ezio. 2008. Mind Out of Action: The Intentionality of Automatic Actions. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Campbell, Peter. 2002. On rules and the metaphysics of meaning. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Durie, Robin. 1997. Phenomenology and Deconstruction. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Moseley, Darran A. 1997. A Philosophy of War. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Thompson, Hamish D. 2001. Representationism and Phenomenism: A critique of two approaches to explaining the relation between representational and phenomenal content. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

McHugh, Conor. 2008. Self-knowledge in consciousness. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Spat, William. 1992. Themes of action and life in four philosophical theories of mind. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Manolakaki, Eleni. 2000. Truth Evaluability in Radical Interpretation Theory. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Schaefer, Brian. 2002. Universal rights from external reasons. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Margutti Pinto, Paulo Roberto. 1992. Wittgenstein and semantic presuppositions generated by definite descriptions in subject-position. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

 

Politics PhD thesis

Sokolowski, Asaf Zeev. 2008. A breakdown of cosmopolitanism: Self, State and Nation. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

McIver, Scott Iain. 2010. Conceptualisations of citizenship in Sweden and the United Kingdom: an empirical study and analysis of how ‘citizenship’ is understood in policy and by policy-makers. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Hawkins, Benjamin Robert. 2010. Constructing Britain and the EU: a discourse theoretical account of the EU treaty reform process 2003-2007. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Langvatn, Silje Aambo. 2001. Distributive Justice through International Law? – A Discourse ethical approach. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Vaughan, Sarah. 2003. Ethnicity and Power in Ethiopia. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Ward, Matthew R. 2010. Identity in crisis : the politics of humanitarian intervention. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Colclough, Kevin. 2007. Imperial Nationalism: Nationalism and the Empire in late nineteenth century Scotland and British Canada. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Bouchard, Caroline. 2008. Managing Expectations: the European Union and Human Security at the United Nations. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Moore, Thomas P. 2007. Mastery and Dominion: Carl Schmitt’s Juridical Concept of the Political. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Hill, Sarah Jane. 2011. Performing politics: representation and deliberation in the public sphere. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Bonotti, Matteo. 2010. Pluralism and moderation in an inclusive political realm: a normative defence of religious political parties. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Craigie, Allan. 2010. Regional and national identity mobilization in Canada and Britain: Nova Scotia and North East England compared. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Hardie, Iain. 2007. Trading the Risk: Financialisation, Loyalty and Emerging Market Government Policy Autonomy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Moug, Peter. 2008. Understanding Democratic Engagement at the Micro-Level: Communication, Participation and Representation. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Wittman, Amanda Barrett. 2010. What happens to the radical potential of gender mainstreaming? Problems of implementation and institutionalisation in gendered organisations. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Elsley, Susan. 2009. Heroes and Heroines or Just Like Us? Young People’s Views on Childhood in Children’s Books. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Loipponen, Jaana. 2009. Telling Absence: War Widows, Loss and Memory. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Stearns, David L. 2007. “Think of it as Money”: A History of the VISA Payment System, 1970–1984. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Fee, Angie. 2010. Transgender identities: within and beyond the constraints of heteronormativity. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

 

Social Anthropology PhD thesis

Robinson, Thomas F. 2007. Cooperation and quality of life among Bering Sea fishermen and their families. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Gee, Andrew. 2009. Disengagement and engaging citizenship: the everyday reproduction of Jewish democracy by Jewish Israeli youth. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Wadugodapitiya, Menaka Dhananjali. 2010. Fragments of terror: memories and narratives of former insurgents in Southern Sri Lanka. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Davis, Kelly L. 2008. ‘Here’s your baby, on you go’: Kinship and Expert Advice Amongst Mothers in Scotland. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Enav, Yarden B.. 2009. Searching for Israeliness in ‘No Man’s Land’: an ethnographic research of Israeli citizenship in a zionist academic institute in the ‘West-Bank’ of Israel/Palestine. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Reedy, Kathleen. 2007. A State of Conspiracy. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh.

Atkinson, William P. 2007. A Theological Appraisal of the Doctrine that Jesus Died Spiritually, as Taught by Kenyon, Hagin and Copeland. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Akanji, Israel Adelani. 2011. Towards a theology of conflict transformation: a study of religious conflict in contemporary Nigerian society. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Lee, Hansang. 2009. Trinitarian Theology and Piety: The Attributes of God in the Thought of Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) and William Perkins (1558-1602). PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Curtis, Jason M. 2007. Trinity and time: An investigation into God’s being and his relationship with the created order, with special reference to Karl Barth and Robert W Jenson. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Kwok, Hon Lee. 2009. Use of Isaiah in the Pauline letters: with special reference to his self-conception of being an apostle to the gentiles. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Bailey, Hunter M. 2008. Via Media Alia: Reconsidering the controversial doctrine of universal redemption in thetheology of James Fraser of Brea (1639 – 1699). PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Aplin, Max. 2011. Was Jesus ever a disciple of John the Baptist? A historical study. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Longkumer, Arkotong. 2008. Where Do I Belong?: Evolving Reform and Identity Amongst the Zeme Heraka of North Cachar Hills, Assam, India. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

Leong, Siang-Nuan. 2010. Windows to the polemics against the so-called Jews and Jezebel in Revelation: insights from historical and co(n)textual analysis. PhD Thesis, University of Edinburgh

 

Divinity Publication

Hurtado, Larry. (2008) The Binitarian Pattern of Earliest Christian Devotion and Early Doctrinal Development

Hurtado, Larry W. Devotion to Jesus and Historical Investigation. A Grateful, Clarifying and Critical Response to Professor Casey. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 27.1 (2004)

Hurtado, Larry. (2004) Does Philo Help Explain Early Christianity?

Hurtado, Larry. (2009) Freed by Love and for Love: Freedom in the New Testament

Wardley, Kenneth Jason. 2010. Learning to be silent: theological and philosophical reflections on silence and transcendence

Wardley, Kenneth Jason. 2010. Les Discours Édifiants et la connaissance liturgique : Kierkegaard and a phenomenology of theological language. (Paper presented at Oxford Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought: International Conference on Kierkegaard’s Upbuilding Discourses 16–18 April, 2010)

Hurtado, Larry. (2007) The ‘Meta-Data’ of Earliest Christian Manuscripts

Hurtado, Larry. (2009) Monotheism, Principal Angels, and the Background of Christology

New Testament Manuscripts: Their Text and Their World, ed. Thomas J. Kraus and Tobias Nicklas. “Texts and Editions for New Testament Study,” 2. Leiden: Brill 2006. Pp. 207-26.

Hurtado, Larry. (2009-03-01) New Testament Studies in the 20th Century, Religion 39(1) 43-57

Hurtado, Larry W. 2003. P52 (P. Rylands Gk. 457) and the Nomina Sacra: Method and Probability. Tyndale Bulletin . Vol. 54.1 (May 2003).

Hurtado, Larry. (2007) Remembering and Revelation: The Historic and Glorified Jesus in the Gospel of John.

 

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