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

  • Reader in New Testament Studies
  • Joint Head of School

Tel: +44 (0)1570 424742
E-mail: c.h.williams@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk

Catrin Williams

I currently teach New Testament and Judaism to undergraduates on various programmes (BA Religious Studies, BA Study of Religions, BA Theology).  I am also Programme Director for the Welsh medium undergraduate programme (BA Astudiaethau Crefyddol). 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.

As Joint Head of School I have particular responsibility for the School’s undergraduate programmes and for overseeing the research degrees portfolio in close co-operation with the School’s Director of Graduate 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 working with Professors Martin Hengel and Otto Betz 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), where I currently serve as Joint Head of School with my colleague Dr Robert Pope.

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, until last year, served on the editorial board of Biblical Interpretation.

I have recently been appointed Co-Chair (with Professor Craig Koester) of the ‘John, Jesus and History Group’ (Society of Biblical Literature), which examines various issues related to the Johannine tradition and the composition-history of John’s Gospel and the Johannine Epistles.

I am also 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, Jan van der Watt, Udo Schnelle).

  • 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)

Most of my teaching falls within the area of New Testament Studies (especially Gospels and the Book of Revelation), 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
  • The Abrahamic Faiths
  • Women and Religion
  • Jews and Christians in Conflict and Dialogue
  • Jesus through Faith and Culture
  • Images of the End
  • Satan and his World of Darkness

For the MA in Biblical Interpretation I coordinate and/or contribute to the following modules:

  • The Bible:  Text and Transmission (New Testament)
  • The Gospel of John

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

  • The retelling of the story of Israel in the Gospel of John
  • Multilingualism in the first century CE and the impact of Latin on the Gospel of John
  • Angelomorphic christology and the Gospel of John
  • The origins of Johannine irony
  • Ecological hermeneutics with particular reference to the Book of Revelation
  • The Gospel of Matthew and Jewish apocalyptic

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).

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 an examination of the influence of Isaiah on John’s Gospel, giving particular attention to the linguistic and theological factors that contributed to the fourth evangelist’s interest in the testimony of Isaiah.

I have co-edited (with Professor Tom Thatcher, Cincinnati Christianity University) 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).

Most recently I have edited a volume on John’s Gospel and Jewish apocalyptic (with Professor Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford), 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.

My expertise falls into the following categories:

  • The Gospel of John
  • The interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures in late Second Temple Judaism
  • Post-biblical Judaism (including targumic and rabbinic traditions)

Ancient media culture, especially memory, orality and textuality

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).

‘Scripture Remembered: Social Memory and Perceptions of Israel’s Past in the Gospel of John’, in A.D Myers and B.G. Schuchard (eds.), Searching the Scriptures: Current Perspectives on the Use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel, Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study, Atlanta: SBL Publications (forthcoming).

‘”I Am” Sayings’, in J.B. Green, J.K. Brown & N. Perrin (eds.), Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd edition (IVP Academic: Downers Grove, 2013), 396-99.

‘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’, Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John, eds. S. Hunt, F. Tolmie & R. Zimmermann(Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament I: 314; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 46-60.

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

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

‘First-Century Media Culture and Abraham as a Figure of Memory in John 8:31-59’, The Fourth Gospel in First-Century Media Culture, eds. A. Le Donne & T. Thatcher (London: T & T Clark International) (April 2011), 205-22.

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

‘The Gospel of John’, The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible, eds. M. Lieb, J. Roberts, E. Mason, C. Rowland (Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology; Oxford: OUP, 2010), 104-117.

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

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

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

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

‘Interpretations of the Identity and Role of Jesus’, The Biblical World, ed. J. Barton (London: Routledge, 2003), Vol. II, 332-56.

Llyfr Datguddiad (Caernarfon: Gwasg Pantycelyn, 2002)

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

I am He: The Interpretation of ’Anî Hû’ in Jewish and Early Christian Literature (WUNT II: 113; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2000).

Examination of doctorates

Bristol (2012), Cambridge (2013), Durham (2013), Ednburgh (2014), Leeds (2013), London (2014), Oxford (2009), Sheffield (2009, 2010, 2014

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.

Invited keynote lectures

  • ‘The Figure of Eve in Jewish Tradition’, Institut für Evangelische Theologie, University of Osnabrück, May 2010.
  • ‘John: A Gospel for Insiders or Outsiders?’, Theology Lecture Series, Swansea University, March 2011.

Conference papers since 2008:

  • Society of Biblical Literature: New Orleans (2009), San Francisco (2011), Chicago (2012), Baltimore (2013).
  • European Association of Biblical Studies (2009).
  • British New Testament Society (2010, 2012).
  • ‘The Legacies of C.H. Dodd and Raymond E. Brown’, St Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore (2013).
  • New Testament Research Seminars: Cambridge (2012), Durham (2013), Exeter (2012), Sheffield (2013), Oxford (2013).
  • Colloquium Ioanneum, Patmos, Greece (2013).