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T.J. Lang

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T.J. Lang
Postal address:
School of Divinity
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom

Email: tjl5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462828

Research overview

Dr Lang's scholarship wanders across texts and centuries, but the core of his research is twofold: first, the New Testament; second, the history of its formation and interpretation. Strictly speaking, the anthology named ‘New Testament’ is not a first-century artefact. The canon coalesces alongside the centuries-long reception and interpretation of its contents. Much of Dr Lang's work, therefore, also moves alongside the canonical formation of the New Testament, alongside its earliest interpretation, but utlimately back to the text itself. The accent is not on reception for its own sake but on how the New Testament's reception returns to the text and contributes to its ongoing interpretation. ‘Reception history’ (or Wirkungsgeschichte) is not unfitting as a description of his primary research interest, but he aspires to a version of this that is more powerful and historically expansive than what is often so labelled.

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