I'm excited to pass along the news that Philip Esler is beginning his appointment as Portland Professor of New Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. Here's the announcement from the Theoglos blog:
We are delighted to welcome the new Portland Professor of New Testament at the University of Gloucestershire following the (semi) retirement of the previous incumbent, Professor Andrew Lincoln. Philip has pioneered the use of social sciences in biblical studies and has published extensively in this area. Philip’s interests are wide-ranging: he has also published a New Testament Theology and work on visual representations of biblical texts. He was the inaugural Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and also currently serves on the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature. Philip’s appointment now means there are no less than six biblical scholars on staff at UoG. Although the chair is primarily a research post, Philip has made it clear that he would like to teach undergraduates and will indeed be teaching our new first years on the Social World of the Old and New Testaments.
Professor Esler will be an excellent addition to the Gloucestershire faculty. Glad to have him on board. Be sure to click through and find out more about the new program in Theology and Religious Studies at Gloucestershire Uni.