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Elizabeth Evans Shively


Elizabeth Evans Shively
Postal address:
School of Divinity
St Mary's College
South Street
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462839

Research overview

Dr. Shively specializes in the Synoptic Gospels, literary analysis, and the intersection of Jewish apocalyptic worldview, symbols and language and the New Testament. She is particularly interested in the conceptual power of biblical narratives, and is currently preparing a monograph entitled The Invention of the Gospel: Genre, Meaning, and Identity (Oxford University Press). In it, she employs the integration of literary, socio-rhetorical, and cognitive theories to offer a new model for gospel genre study and analysis; and suggests how gospel genre contributes to the textual construction of early Christian identity. In addition, she is preparing the second edition of the New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) on The Gospel of Mark (Eerdmans, edited by Todd Still and Mark Goodacre).

Additional areas of research include: 1) the investigation of images of redemption in Mark’s Gospel in light of a complex symbolic world that incorporates motifs of the Passover and Second Exodus, Levitical purity and impurity, and apocalyptic eschatology; 2) the writing of a commentary on Paul’s letter to Philemon that focuses social identity formation; 3) the testing of a hypothesis that Paul’s presentation of the body (soma) and of the self/“I” in his writings is best explained by a monadic understanding of persons and a view of cognition as embodied and embedded in the world.

PhD research projects available

Synoptic Gospels, Gospel of Mark in particular; Genre of the Gospels; Use of narrative analysis, rhetorical analysis, and/or cognitive linguistics in the interpretation of the Gospels; Use of Scripture in the NT; Relationship between the Synoptic Gospels and the Jewish and Christian apocalypses and testaments; Concepts of sin and impurity in the Synoptic Gospels.

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