Catrin Williams

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Dr Catrin H Williams BA (Wales), PhD (Cantab), FLSW

  • Reader in New Testament Studies

Tel: +44 (0)1570 424742

I currently teach New Testament and Judaism on various undergraduate programmes. I teach and supervise students on the MA in Biblical Interpretation, and I supervise several PhD students working on a variety of topics in the field of New Testament Studies. I am also involved in teaching modules on Judaism, Christianity and Hermeneutics for the Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies.

After graduating from Bangor University with a BA in Biblical Studies, I completed my doctorate at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, during which time I also spent six months studying at the University of Tübingen.

In 1988 I was appointed to a lectureship at Bangor University and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2000. In 2004 I was appointed University Lecturer in New Testament Studies and Tutorial Fellow in Theology at Keble College, University of Oxford, before returning to Bangor in the summer of 2006. In 2010 I took up a post as Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter campus) and was promoted to Reader in New Testament Studies in 2014.

In 2013 I was appointed editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, having served as a member of the JSNT editorial board since 2006. I am also a member of the editorial board of the monograph series The Library of New Testament Studies (Bloomsbury T&T Clark) and in January 2019 I will join the editorial board of New Testament Studies. I have also served on the editorial board of Biblical Interpretation.

Until 2016 I was Co-Chair (with Professor Craig Koester) of the ‘John, Jesus, and History Group’ (Society of Biblical Literature), and I have recently been appointed Co-Chair of the SNTS Johannine Seminar (with Professors Jörg Frey and Christina Hoegen-Rohls). 

I am a member of the Colloquium Ioanneum, which brings together a small group of international scholars in the field of Johannine studies (steering committee: Professors Alan Culpepper, Jörg Frey, Jan van der Watt, Udo Schnelle).

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
  • Research Fellow, Department of Old and New Testament Studies, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Society of Biblical Literature 
  • Society for Old Testament Study 
  • British New Testament Society
  • Editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament
  • Member of the editorial board of the monograph series ‘The Library of New Testament Studies’ (London/New York: Bloomsbury T & T Clark) and of the following journals: Journal for the Study of the New Testament and New Testament Studies.

Most of my teaching falls within the area of New Testament Studies, although at undergraduate level I also contribute to modules that focus on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. At present I coordinate and/or contribute to the following undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to Judaism and Christianity
  • Women and Religion
  • Jews and Christians: From Conflict to Dialogue
  • Satan and his World of Darkness

For the MA in Biblical Interpretation I coordinate the following modules:

  • The Bible: Text and Transmission
  • The Gospel of John
  • The Book of Isaiah

I supervise a number of postgraduate research students, whose topics include the following:

  • The Letter to the Hebrews and Jewish Mysticism (completed)
  • The retelling of the story of Israel in the Gospel of John (completed)
  • Narrative Traditioning and Allusive Gesturing: Perpetua Reconsidered (completed)
  • Jesus Caesar: A Roman Reading of John 18:28-19:22 (completed)
  • The origins of Johannine irony
  • Ecological hermeneutics with particular reference to the Book of Revelation
  • The ‘Agency’ Motif in the Gospel of John
  • The Gospel of Matthew and Jewish apocalyptic
  • Discipleship and mission in John 15
  • Family ties in the Gospel of John
  • Composite citations and allusions in the Gospel of John
  • Death, Resurrection and the Combat Myth in the Gospel of John

My research focuses primarily on the Gospel of John, particularly its reception of Jewish scripture and tradition.  My first book examined the origins and significance of divine self-declaratory pronouncements in ancient Judaism and early Christianity, including the Gospels of Mark and John: I am He: The Interpretation of ’Anî Hû’ in Jewish and Early Christian Literature (2000).

I have co-edited (with Professor Tom Thatcher) the volume Engaging with CH Dodd on the Gospel of John: Sixty Years of Tradition and Interpretation (CUP, 2013), in which twelve Johannine scholars assess the contribution of C.H. Dodd to Johannine scholarship in his two landmark studies: The Interpretation of the Fourth Gospel (CUP, 1953) and Historical Tradition in the Fourth Gospel (CUP, 1963).

I have also edited a volume on John’s Gospel and Jewish apocalyptic (with Professor Christopher Rowland), entitled John’s Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013). The volume brings together twelve specialists in the fields of Jewish apocalyptic and Johannine studies who explore ways in which the apocalyptic traditions of Judaism may have contributed to the Gospel’s outlook and to some of its most distinctive motifs.

In several other publications during the past decade I have explored how the use of scriptural motifs and themes in ancient Judaism can shed new light on the interpretation of Johannine christology. My most recent project is a book-length examination of the influence of Isaiah on John’s Gospel, giving particular attention to the exegetical and theological factors that contributed to the fourth evangelist’s interest in the testimony of Isaiah.

My expertise falls into the following categories:

  • The Gospel of John
  • The Interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity
  • Post-biblical Judaism (including targumic and rabbinic traditions)
  • Ancient media culture, especially memory, orality and textuality


I am He: The Interpretation of ’Anî Hû’in Jewish and Early Christian Literature, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II: 113, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000.

 Llyfr Datguddiad, Caernarfon: Gwasg Pantycelyn, 2002 [commentary in Welsh on the Book of Revelation].

 Engaging with CH Dodd on the Gospel of John: Sixty Years of Tradition and Interpretation, co-editor with Tom Thatcher, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

 John’s Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic, co-editor with Christopher Rowland, London/ New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013.

Discovering John, co-editor with Christopher Rowland, Eugene: Cascade Books, in press.


Essays and Articles

‘Jeremiah and/in the New Testament’, in L. Stulman and E. Silver (eds.), Oxford Handbook of the Book of Jeremiah (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), forthcoming.

‘New Testament Christology: Interpretations of the Identity and Role of Jesus’, in K Dell (ed.), The Biblical World,2ndedition, London: Routledge, 2019, in press.

'Samaritan Hopes and Scriptural Promises: Engagement with Samaritans and Samaritan Issues in John 4', in R.A. Culpepper and J. Frey (eds.), Readings from the Colloquium Ioanneum 2017 in Jerusalem, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019, in press.

‘Judas Thaddeus’, Brill Encyclopaedia of Early Christianity, P.J.J. van Geest, B.J. Lietaert Peerbolte, D. Hunter(eds.), Leiden: Brill, 2018, in press.

‘Jesus as Prophet in the Fourth Gospel’, in C. Koester (ed.), Portraits of Jesus in the Gospel of John, LNTS; London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018, in press.

‘The Voice in the Wilderness and the Way of the Lord: A Scriptural Frame for John’s Witness to Jesus’, in R.A. Culpepper and J. Frey (eds.), The Opening of John's Narrative (John 1:19-2:22): Historical, Literary, and Theological Readings from the Colloquium Ioanneum 2015 in Ephesus, WUNT 385; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018, 39-58.

‘Faith, Life, and the Spirit’, in J.M. Lieu and M. de Boer (eds.), The Oxford Companion to Johannine Studies, Oxford: OUP, 2018, 347-62.

‘Johannine Christology and Prophetic Traditions’, in B. Reynolds and G. Boccaccini (eds.), Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism: Royal, Prophetic, and Divine Messiahs, Leiden: Brill, 2018, 92-123.

‘Composite Citations in the Gospel of John’, in S. Adams and S. Ehorn (eds.), Composite Citations in Antiquity, Volume 2, LNTS; London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2018, 94-127

‘John, Judaism, and “Searching the Scriptures”’, in R.A. Culpepper and P. Anderson (eds.), John and Judaism: A Contested Relationship in Context, Atlanta: SBL, 2017, 77-100.

‘Text and Experience: Reflections on “Seeing” in the Gospel of John’, in B. Schmidt (ed.), The Study of Religious Experience,London: Equinox, 2016, 135-50.

‘(Not) Seeing God in the Prologue and Body of John’s Gospel’, in J.G. van der Watt, R.A. Culpepper, and U. Schnelle (eds.), The Prologue of the Gospel of John: Its Literary, Theological, and Philosophical Contexts. Papers Read at the Colloquium Ioanneum in Patmos, 2013, WUNT 359; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016, 79-98.

‘Another Look at “Lifting Up” in the Gospel of John’, in J.G. McConville and L.K. Pietersen (eds.), Conception, Reception, and the Spirit:Essays in Honor of Andrew T. Lincoln, Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2015, 58-70.

‘Patriarchs and Prophets Remembered: Framing Israel’s Past in the Gospel of John’, in A.D Myers and B.G. Schuchard (eds.), Abiding Words: The Use of Scripture in the Gospel of John, Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study, Atlanta: SBL Publications, 2015, 187-212.

‘“I Am” Sayings’, in J.B. Green, J.K. Brown & N. Perrin (eds.), Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2ndedition, IVP Academic: Downers Grove: 2013, 180-82.

‘Unveiling Revelation: The Spirit-Paraclete and Apocalyptic Disclosure in the Gospel of John’, in C.H. Williams and C. Rowland (eds.), John’s Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic, London/New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013, 104-27.

‘John (the Baptist): The In-Between Witness’, in S. Hunt, F. Tolmie & R. Zimmermann (eds.), Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, WUNT I: 314, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 46-60.

‘What’s in a Name? Judas (not Iscariot)’, in S. Hunt, F. Tolmie & R. Zimmermann (eds.), Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, WUNT I: 314, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 550-55.

‘John and the Rabbis Revisited’, in T. Thatcher and C.H. Williams (eds.), The Gospel of John and Jesus of History: Engaging with CH Dodd on the Fourth Gospel, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, 107-25.

‘First-Century Media Culture and Abraham as a Figure of Memory in John 8:31-59’, in A. Le Donne (ed.), The Fourth Gospel and First-Century Media Culture, The Library of New Testament Studies 296,London/New York: T & T Clark Continuum, 2011, 205-22.

‘The Gospel of John’, in M. Lieb, J. Roberts, E. Mason and C. Rowland (eds.),The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 104-18.

‘“Seeing the Glory”: The Reception of Isaiah’s Call-Vision in John 12:41’, in J. Crossley (ed.), Judaism, Jewish Identities and the Gospel Tradition: Festschrift for Professor Maurice Casey, London: Equinox Press, 2010, 245-72.

‘Newid Hinsawdd a’r Weledigaeth Apocalyptaidd’, Y Traethodydd, 2009, 226-35.

‘Inspecting an Aerial Photograph of John’s Engagement with Sources’, in T. Thatcher (ed.), “What We Have Heard from the Beginning”: The Past, Present and Future of Johannine Studies, Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007, 83-86.

‘Isaiah and Johannine Christology’, in P.K. Tull and C.M. McGinnis (eds.),“As Those Who Are Taught”: The Reception of Isaiah from the LXX to the SBL, SBL Symposium Series 27, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2006, 107-24.

‘Isaiah in John’s Gospel’, in S. Moyise and M.J.J. Menken (eds.), Isaiah in the New Testament, London/New York: T&T Clark International, 2005, 101-17.

‘Interpretations of the Identity and Role of Jesus’, in J. Barton (ed.), The Biblical World, London: Routledge, 2002, Vol. II, 332-56.

‘“I Am” or “I Am He”? Self-Declaratory Pronouncements in the Fourth Gospel and Rabbinic Tradition’, in R.T. Fortna and T. Thatcher (eds.), Jesus in Johannine Tradition, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001, 343-52.

Examination of doctoral theses

Aberdeen (2007, 2018), Adelaide (2017), Bristol (2012), Brunel [London School of Theology] (2005, 2011), Cambridge (2000, 2003, 2013, 2016), Durham (2013, 2014, 2015), Edinburgh (2007, 2014, 2016), Gloucestershire (2004), King’s College, London (2006), Leeds (2013),London [Heythrop] (2014), Oxford (2009), Sheffield (2003, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2018).

Conference organisation:

  • ‘John’s Gospel and Intimations of Apocalyptic’, Bangor University, July 2010 (partly funded by Bible Society).
  • British New Testament Society, Bangor University, September 2010.
  • Co-convenor of ‘The Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown’, St Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, November 2013.
  • Co-organiser with Professors Helen Bond and Eve-Marie Becker, ‘John and Mark: is there a Connection?’, Pre-SNTS conference, Athens, August 2018.

Peer reviewer for the following publishers: 

  • Oxford University Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Bloomsbury T&T Clark
  • SPCK

Selected Conference and Seminar Papers:

  • Society of Biblical Literature: San Francisco (2011), Chicago (2012), Baltimore (2013), San Diego (2014), Atlanta (2015), San Antonio (2016), Boston (2017).
  • Jesus the Jew: John’s Gospel as a Form of Jewish Messianism, Enoch Seminar: Camaldoli (2016).
  • British New Testament Society (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018).
  • Plenary lecture, Atonement, Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity, St Andrews International Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies, University of St Andrews, June 2018.
  • ‘John and Searching the Scriptures’, Guest lecturer: Vacation Term for Biblical Study, University of Cambridge, August 2018.
  • ‘John's "Rewriting" of Mark: Some Methodological Considerations’, John and Mark: Is there a Connection?, Athens, August 2018.
  • ‘The Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown’, St Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore (2013).
  • New Testament Research Seminars: Cambridge (2012, 2016, 2018), Durham (2013, 2018), Exeter (2012), Sheffield (2013), Oxford (2013).
  • Colloquium Ioanneum, Patmos (2013), Ephesus (2015), Jerusalem (2017).
  • European Association of Biblical Studies (2009).