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Professor Helen Bond (University of Edinburgh)

Professor Helen Bond is Chair of Christian Origins and Head of the School of Divinity. She's interested in the earliest years of the movement we now call 'Christianity' and the social, cultural and religious context in which it emerged. Her most recent work has been on Mark’s Gospel, the earliest biography of Jesus.

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Dr Hannah Holtschneider (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Hannah Holtschneider joined the University of Edinburgh in 2005, following a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations and the University of Cambridge. She is a cultural historian of twentieth-century Jewish history, with a particular focus on the consequences of the Holocaust, Jewish identities, and Jewish/non-Jewish relations.

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Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla (University of Edinburgh)

Trained in Islamic thought at the University of Oxford, Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla is Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. He is also the Programme Director of the newly launched Masters in Islam and Christian Muslim-Relations.

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Dr Sara Parvis (University of Edinburgh)

Dr Sara Parvis' research interests within the Patristic period include the development of orthodoxy and the construction of heresy, sources of authority in the Church, the place of scriptural exegesis in Patristic thought, and the search for some of the hidden voices of early Christianity, both doctrinal and sociological.

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Dr Julia Synder (University of Cambridge)

DrJulia Snyder holds a PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and previously studied Classics and Mathematics at Williams College (USA). Before going to the University of Cambridge, she had worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Tübingen and the University of Regensburg.

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Professor John Barton (University of Oxford)

Professor John Barton is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research areas concern Biblical Studies: Old Testament and his research interests are in Biblical canon; Biblical ethics; prophets; hermeneutics; history of scholarship.

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