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Thomas R. Hatina, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Biblical Studies Coordinator

  • Biography

    Dr. Hatina is a prolific author and researcher. He has over fifty publications, which include five books and numerous articles in peer reviewed journals, scholarly monographs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Currently he is working on two books. The first is about the function of the Jewish scriptures in the New Testament and the second is an Introduction to the New Testament. Dr. Hatina’s research interests focus on collective memory, historiography, narrative criticism and mythmaking in relation to the origins and development of Christianity in the first two centuries. He is also interested in how the New Testament is interpreted and appropriated in contemporary North Atlantic Western culture.

    In addition to teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate Religious Studies programs at Trinity Western University, Dr. Hatina has recently been appointed as Visiting Professor at Charles University in Prague, which is one of the oldest universities in the world. In Prague, he leads graduate and doctoral seminars in New Testament Studies, gives supervision to dissertations, and collaborates on research projects. His most recent book, New Testament Theology and its Quest for Relevance (Bloomsbury, 2013) has recently been translated into Czech and published through Karolinum Press.

     

  • Education

    • Ph.D. - University of Bristol (Trinity College), England (2000). Humanities (History of Religion). Specialization in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation, Supervisor: Prof. John Nolland
    • M.A. - Regent College, at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver, B.C., Canada (1995). Graduated with First Class Honours. Major in Biblical Studies. Thesis topic: Comparative Midrash.
    • B.A. (Hons.) - Trinity Western University, Langley, B.C., Canada, (1993). Graduated with Great Distinction, Religious Studies, Philosophy, and History.
  • Recent Publications

    Books

    As It Is Written: The Scriptures of Israel in the New Testament (London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming, 2016).

    Introduction to the New Testament (Miami: Stone Face Publishing, forthcoming 2016).

    New Testament Theology and Its Quest for Relevance: Ancient Texts and Modern Readers: (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2013).

    Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospel. Volume 3: The Gospel of Luke (Library of New Testament Studies 376; Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity 16 London: T. & T. Clark International, 2010). Edited volume.

    Peer Reviewed Articles

    “The Voice of Northrop Frye Crying in the Wilderness: The Mythmaking Function of Isaiah 40.3 in Luke’s Annunciation of the Baptist,” in Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels: The Gospel of Luke (ed. Thomas R. Hatina; Library of New Testament Studies; London: T. & T. Clark, 2010) 59-84.

    Chapters in Books and other articles

    “Rome and Its Provinces,” in The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Edited by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013) 557-570.

    “Palestine,” in The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Edited by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013) 474-489.

    “Complexity of Contexts and the Study of Luke’s Use of Scripture,” in Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels: The Gospel of Luke (ed. Thomas R. Hatina; Library of New Testament Studies; London: T. & T. Clark, 2010) 1-17.

    Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles

    “Historiography and the New Testament,” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Dale C. Allison, Jr., Volker Leppin, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2009- ), forthcoming 2015.

    “Transfiguration,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary. Edited by John D. Barry and Lazarus Wentz (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2011- ).

    * For all other publications, please see attached CV

     

  • Memberships & Affiliations

    • Member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
    • Associate Member of the Catholic Biblical Association
    • Fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research
    • Visiting Professor at Charles University, Prague
  • Awards & Honours

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Institutional Grant (2004)

    • Project: edited monograph on the narrative function of Jewish scripture in early Christian Gospels (vol 1 is contracted with Continuum Press, forthcoming 2005)

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Institutional Grant (2002)

    • Project: Early Christian Language of Violence in an Apocalyptic Worldview (article on language of judgment in the Gospel of Mark has been accepted by Biblica, forthcoming 2005)

    Overseas Research Students Award, Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom (1995-98).

    The Margaret J. Mayhew Essay Award, Trinity Western University (1993).

    Great Distinction Graduation Honour, Trinity Western University, (1993).

  • Areas of Research

    • Early Jewish and Christian Literature and Religions
    • Historical Jesus
    • Greek Grammar
    • Hermeneutics (Literary, cultural, and historical criticisms)
    • Developing interest in Religion and Politics (especially religious violence)
School of Graduate Studies, and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department or Program:

MA Biblical Studies, and Religious Studies
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