Having grown up in Minden in the north of Germany, I studied theology to MA level before working for a group of churches as Campus Missionary and Student Advisor in Bremen.
Having moved to Cheltenham in the UK, I completed a PhD in Old Testament Studies (with a thesis entitled ‘Presenting a Prophet in Debate: An Investigation of the Literary Structure and the Rhetoric of Persuasion of the Book of Amos’) and taught Old Testament at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education (now the University of Gloucestershire). In 1999, I became Project Administrator of the Scripture & Hermeneutics Project, an international project operated by Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education in partnership with The British & Foreign Bible Society. In 2000, I was appointed Course Co-ordinator at the Open Theological College, and in 2001 I became Research Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire.
In 2003, I joined St Martin’s College (now the University of Cumbria) where I taught Biblical Studies, Judaism and Study Skills until 2016. During that period, I also tutored for the Lancashire & Cumbria Theological Partnership, a local Anglican training course then serving the dioceses of Blackburn and Carlisle. In 2016, I was appointed Principal of Initial Ministerial Education at Cumbria Christian Learning, and in 2018, I became Vice-Principal at the All Saints Centre for Mission & Ministry.
My research interests include:
- biblical texts: Genesis 1–2, Exodus, Psalms, Song of Songs (sexuality and spirituality), prophets (with particular focus on Amos and Jonah);
- biblical hermeneutics: rhetorical criticism, speech act theory, theological interpretation, liberationist interpretation;
- biblical theology: biblical-theological perspectives on migration, seeking sanctuary and hospitality.
I have published a range of articles on the Old Testament and co-edited four volumes on biblical interpretation: Renewing Biblical Interpretation (2000), After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation (2001), Out of Egypt: Biblical Theology and Biblical Interpretation (2004), and Reading the Law: Studies in Honour of Gordon J. Wenham (2007).
I am the author of A Prophet in Debate: The Rhetoric of Persuasion in the Book of Amos (2003), Reading Amos as a Book (2014) and The Song of Songs: Beautiful Bodies, Erotic Desire and Intoxicating Pleasure (2018). My most recent book, Jonah’s Story, Our Challenge: Reading a Biblical Narrative for Today’s Church and World, will be published by SCM Press in 2021/22.
I have developed a strong interest in biblical-theological perspectives on migration, seeking sanctuary and hospitality and am currently working on a book project in that area.
I am married to Maja, and we have two children, Tobias and Sarah. I love good literature, cooking and football (German, of course).
For further information, including a complete list of publications, see my full CV.