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About Dr Robert Evans

I started off, academically, in English Literature and Anglo-Saxon at the University of London, King’s College. I tutored in Renaissance Studies at King’s and in Anglo-Saxon at the University of Cambridge. When I shifted into Theology, I kept the focus on text, language and literature, and specialised in the New Testament. I also trained professionally as a Christian minister and as a teacher and did a few years work in Cornish and London parishes, and in an inner-London comprehensive. Then I was back at Cambridge, as Chaplain of Robinson College and tutoring for the East Anglian Ministerial Training Course.

I came to Chester in the early 1990s to teach New Testament studies and to work with the ministerial partnerships that the Department was pioneering – and I still work with some of our ministerial partnerships today. I work a little with the University chaplaincy team, and am on the advisory committee for the Christian Union. My current work draws on all these experiences in a focus on New Testament theology and ethics.



  • The Bible: Contents and Contexts
  • The Bible: Reading and Interpretation
  • NT Studies: Paul’s Practical Theology
  • NT Greek
  • Experiential Independent Studies
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Dissertation


  • Independent Biblical Studies
  • Research Dissertation

Open Access

I work with the Cathedral’s canon theologian, Loveday Alexander, (and others) to host four public lectures a year as the Chester Theological Society.


Research interests:

My principal research is in the theology and ethics of Paul in the New Testament, and in biblical hermeneutics. I am interested in the politics of biblical interpretation (what social and political values are expressed in texts and whose interests are served in the ways they have been interpreted) as well as (and connected to) the theology of the texts.

My most recent project analyses the philosophical underpinning for the hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer, and advocates its integrative potential for the discipline of biblical studies. I explore ways in which we can hold together the first appearance of a biblical text with our encounter with it today, and with the tradition that brought it to us. This is tested with a case-study:  material representing 2,000 years of reception of Paul’s exhortations to ‘be subject’, in literature, law and politics as well as in theological traditions.

I am biblical studies consultant for the British Sign Language Bible Translation Project. The pilot for this project is a translation of the Gospel of Mark which is soon to be complete and accessible online ( with some commentary (in BSL).



Published Work


2014        Reception history, tradition and biblical interpretation (in a new series, Scriptural traces: studies in Bible, reception and influence), London: T &T Clark (2014 projected).
2009 Using the Bible: Studying the Text, London: Darton Longman and Todd (1999); (revised version online, Chester: Chester Academic Repository, 2009).
2003 Judge for Yourselves: Reading 1 Corinthians, London: Darton, Longman and Todd (2003)

 Other Select Publications

2013       (with the Project team)  The Gospel of Mark in BSL: 3.6-6.6 (DVD), Manchester: BSL Bible Translation Project, 2013.
2010 (with the Project team)  The Gospel of Mark in BSL: 1.1–3.6 (DVD), Manchester: BSL Bible Translation Project, 2010.


BA (Lond.), MA (Lond.), MA (Cantab.), MTh (Lond.), D.Phil. (Oxon.), FHEA.