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I am a Christian Minister supporting Churches and Charities under the auspices of the Evangelical Alliance in Wales. 
Paul Hocking

My interest in biblical studies generally has led me to an exploration of ancient scribal practices, and particularly to consideration of the plausibility that Hebrew Torah texts were created in a recursive parallelism, like a weave of texts, from the pericope and unit level to the book level.

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My professional background was in science teaching and leadership development, including  a masters in public health and action research and my publications were in this context.  My personal interest in biblical studies has been life-long, and developed through many years in church ministry, and also the last 8 years studying with an orthodox Jewish Scholar in Jerusalem via skype.  Moshe Kline argues that the Torah has been created as a ‘woven text’, and that there is esoteric meaning or theology in the parallel reading, beyond the normal linear reading.  This led me to Chester TRS department, as a mature student, as they were able to supervise such research in the Hebrew Bible.


My research is focused on the book of Leviticus and on the question: ‘What is the literary composition of the book of Leviticus as received, and how does this appear designed to persuade?’

I am examining the various rhetorical constructs that are proposed for the book of Leviticus, with a particular focus on scholarship since 1990, such as Milgrom, Douglas, Warning and Kline, and how they use the structure of the final form to argue for particular intended theology/ ideology/ persuasion?

I will create a ‘map’ of the key views on the structure and rhetoric of Leviticus as a book (an organising principle), and seek to identify how the structure contributes to the redactor’s persuasive intent (‘of positing a new reality and persuading others to adopt it’ Porter).

Published work

Burtonwood, A. P., Hocking, P. J., & Elwyn, G. E. (2001). Joining them up: the challenges of organisational change in the professional politic of general practice. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 15(4), 383-393.

Elwyn, G., Carlisle, S., Hocking, P., & Smail, S. (2001). Practice and professional development plans (PPDPs): results of a feasibility study. BMC Family Practice, 2(1), 1.

Elwyn, G., & Hocking, P. (2000). Organisational development in general practice: lessons from practice and professional development plans (PPDPs). BMC Family Practice, 1(1), 2.

Elwyn, G. E., Hocking, P. J., Burtonwood, A. P., Harry, K., & Turner, A. (2002). Learning to Plan?  Critical fiction about the facilitation of Professional and Practice Development Plans in Primary Care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 16(4), 349-358.

Rao, U., & Hocking, P. J. (2006). The ‘wicked problem’ of the cardiology clinic. British Journal of Cardiology, 13(3), 209-211.