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Dr Mary Marshall

Mary Marshall

Dr Mary Marshall

  • Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Theology and Religion


After graduating from Keble College with a BA in Theology in 2004, I pursued my MSt and DPhil under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Tuckett, researching the portrayals of the Pharisees in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles. Having completed a PGCE in secondary education, I worked for a time as a Religious Studies teacher before returning to the University as a Departmental Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology and Religion (2012-2016). In 2016 I took up my current position as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Outreach.


I teach all those undergraduate papers which require tutorials on the New Testament (Introduction to the Study of the Bible; The Gospels; Paul and the Pauline Tradition) as well as the paper Varieties of Judaism from 100 BCE – 100 CE. I have and continue to deliver lectures on the New Testament at the Faculty of Theology and Religion and supervise a variety of MSt and MPhil essays and dissertations.


My research focusses on the New Testament; particularly the Gospels and Acts. I deal with the historical context of the New Testament with respect to first century Judaism; especially the portrayal of Jews and Judaism in New Testament Texts and “redaction-critical” approaches to the interpretation of New Testament as well as other early Christian and ancient Jewish texts.

General Interests

Theology in Schools and Secondary Education.

Selected Publications

'The New Testament' in Katherine J. Dell (ed), The Biblical World (2nd ed; Abingdon: Routledge, 2022).

‘Josephus and Mark 2:13-3:6: Controversies with the scribes and Pharisees' in Blackwell, Ben C., Goodrich, John K. and Maston, Jason (eds), Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2018), 55-61.

‘Becoming “Another”: Nicodemus and his relationships in the Fourth Gospel’ in Schmiedel, U. and Matarazzo Jr, J.M. (eds), Dynamics of Difference: Christianity and Alterity. A Festschrift for Werner G. Jeanrond (London: Bloomsbury, T&T Clark, 2015), 33-40.

The Portrayals of the Pharisees in the Gospels and Acts (FRLANT 254; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015).

‘“Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God.” A Brief Study of Luke 14.15 in its Context’ in Tuckett (ed), Feasts and Festivals (Leuven: Peeters, 2009).

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