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Ben Nelson

PhD Candidate in Church History & New Testament

Working Title: "The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Annotationes in Evangelium Ioannis of Johannes Oecolampadius."

Ben is studying the biblical commentaries of an early Swiss Reformer, Johannes Oecolampadius (1482-1531), and in particular his Annotations on the Gospel of John. Although the great bulk of his work has not yet been translated into English, he is increasingly recognised to be an accomplished and highly influential exegete, displaying many of the emphases that would later be found in Reformed biblical interpretation. Ben is interested not only in the translation of the commentary, but also its place in exegetical history as well as the development of Reformed covenant theology, pneumatology and sacramentology.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Rowland Ward

Co-Supervisor: Rev Dr Jared Hood

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Chanreiso Lungleng

PHD candidate in Old Testament

Working Title: "Jonah’s Motive: Reading the Book of Jonah in the light of Exodus 32–34."

Chanreiso's research is a re-examination of the message of the book of Jonah against the background of Exodus 32–34. Reading Jonah in the light of Exod 32–34, he proposes that Jonah’s protest for sparing of Nineveh is motivated by his concern for God’s glory. Jonah grapples with how God’s extension of his mercy to Nineveh, which effectively seals the destruction of Israel, glorifies his name (Jon 4:2 cf. Exod 32:12; 34:10). In response, Jon 4:6–11 subverts Jonah’s sincere but misguided zeal to teach that God’s glory is revealed most radiantly in showing his mercy even to the most undeserving Nineveh (echoing Exod 33:18–19; 34:6).

Principal Supervisor: Professor Dr Allan Harman

Co-Supervisor: Rev Dr Jared Hood

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Peter Hastie

phd student in Systematic Theology

Working Title: "In Adam’s Fall / We Sinned All"? (New England Primer c1690)

Peter’s research is an examination of the doctrines of the fall and original sin in the major theological traditions in the light of Evolutionary Creationism and rise of the Biologos Movement.

Principal Supervisor: Dr Noel Weeks

Co-Supervisor: Dr Peter Barnes

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Nathan Runham

phd student in Theology

Working Title: "What are the Qualifications of Luther’s theologian of the cross? An investigation into the Heidelberg Disputation and an analysis of its reception”.

Principal Supervisor: Rev Dr Rowland Ward

Co-Supervisor: Rev Dr Michael Brautigam

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Stuart Bonnington

phd candidate in church history

Working Title: "‘Bringing in the day of the Galilean’? - An assessment of the impact of Samuel Angus (1879-1943) on the Presbyterian Church of Australia, in light of the rise and progress of the Fundamentalist-Controversy especially in Australia.”

Principal Supervisor: Rev Dr Rowland Ward

Co-Supervisor: Rev. Dr. Peter Barnes


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