Academic Curriculum Vitae

Academic Qualifications:

1981 PhD Theology (University of Glasgow)
1977 MA Theology (University of Oxford)
1973 BA (Hons)Theology (University of Oxford)
1970 BSc (Hons) General Science - Psychology (University of Leicester)


Distinguished Teaching Award 2001 (University of Auckland)

22nd Annual William Menzies Lectureship (five lectures) with the title "God as Mother?" 2014 (Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio, Philippines)


Blog: Sansblogue
Audio Blog/Podcast: 5 Minute Bible
Study Notes on Jonah and Ruth
(including an introduction to Hebrew narrative)
Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary
Ancien Testament: méthodes d'étude
Reading the Bible Faithfully


1973-1974 V.S.B. Belfast: Volunteer
1974-1977 Upper Studley Baptist Church; Minister
1980-1992 Baptist Missionary Society; Missionary,
Faculté de théologie protestante au Zaire, Lecturer
Facultés protestantes au Zaire, Vice-Recteur
Visitor at Dept of Biblical Studies University of Sheffield, England; Scottish Baptist College, Glasgow, Scotland
1993-2011 University of Auckland
1993-2012 Carey Baptist College (and Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School)
Visitor at Columbo Theological Seminary, Sri Lanka
2014- Australian College of Ministries (Old Testament course writing and coordination); Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (Participating Faculty PhD program)

Research activities/interests:

Digital media and Biblical Studies; rhetorical and narrative readings; coherence of biblical texts; how real readers read

Academic Publications:

Forthcoming (invited, accepted for publication and appearing in November)
Chapter “The book of Amos as 'prophetic fiction': describing the genre of a written work that reinvigorates older oral speech forms” in a book on the new form criticism and the Book of the Twelve


“Presence and Pixels: Some impacts of electronically mediated communication on Christian living,” Review and Expositor, 111,1, 2014, 56-63.

"God as Mother? Ideas to clarify before we start," Asian Journal of Pentacostal Studies, 17,2, 2014,107-118.

"Biblical Talk of the Motherly God," Asian Journal of Pentacostal Studies, 17,2, 2014, 119-137.

"Jesus and the Father," Asian Journal of Pentacostal Studies, 17,2, 2014, 139-150.

"Speaking the Unspeakable: nearly 1,500 years of Christian Theology and Worship," Asian Journal of Pentacostal Studies, 17,2, 2014, 151-161.

"Experiencing God as Motherly," Asian Journal of Pentacostal Studies, 17,2, 2014, 168-170.


“The Troubling Theology of Jeremiah’s Confessions,” in Global Perspectives on the Old Testament, ed. Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver, (Boston: Pearson, 2013), 118–19.
"A Masculine Reading of the Book of Esther" In Global Perspectives on the Old Testament, edited by Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver, (Boston: Pearson, 2013), 220-222.
“The Book of Amos and the Day of Yhwh.” Colloquium 45, no. 2 (2013): 154–169.

Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, Tim Meadowcroft, ed. Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

“Living in the Empire: What Purposes Do Assertions of Divine Sovereignty Serve in Isaiah?” In Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire, edited by Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, Tim Meadowcroft. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

Bier, Miriam J., and Tim Bulkeley, eds. Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

“Does Jeremiah Confess, Lament, or Complain? Three Attitudes Towards Wrong.” In Spiritual Complaint: Theology and Practice of Lament, edited by Miriam J. Bier and Tim Bulkeley. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.


Not Only a Father: Talk of God as Mother in the Bible & Christian Tradition (Signs) Auckland: Archer Press, 2011
Available as a paperback or in an online discussable format.

"L’auteur est mort, But Won’t Lie Down: Inventing Authors While Reading Amos"  Colloquium, 43,1. 2011, 59-70.

Church, Philip, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft. The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.

“‘Exile away from his land’: Is landlessness the ultimate punishment in Amos?” In The Gospel and the Land of Promise, edited by Philip Church, Peter Walker, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011, 75-85.


“The Image of the Invisible God: (An)iconic Knowing, God, and Gender.” In Reconsidering Gender: Evangelical Perspectives, edited by Myk Habets and Beulah Wood. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2010.


"Amos 7,1-8,3: cohesion and generic dissonance" Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 121,4, 2009, 515-528

"Worship and Amos: An expository approach" The South African Baptist Journal of Theology, 18, 2009, 14-20

"Teaching the Facts, Inculcating Knowledge or Instilling Wisdom?  Rationale for a textbook in BS101" Teaching Theology and Religion 12,4, 2009, 352-353

Review of Keith Bodner, 1 Samuel: A Narrative Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).


"Abraham - Genesis, Chapters 11-21" Biblica: a Social and Historical Journey through the Lands of the Bible (ed. Barry J. Beitzel) Viking, 2006, 139-146

"Jacob - Genesis, Chapters 28-36" Biblica: a Social and Historical Journey through the Lands of the Bible (ed. Barry J. Beitzel) Viking, 2006, 139-146


Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary Auckland: Hypertext Bible [CD]

"Back to the Future: Virtual Theologising as Recapitulation". Colloquium, 2005, 37,2, 115-130. (Also guest editorial)

"Web-Based Hypertext as a Medium for Biblical Teaching." In: Horsfield, Peter. Papers from the Trans-Tasman Research Symposium, 'Emerging Research in Media, Religion and Culture,’ Melbourne: RMIT Publishing, 2005, 14-21.


(Editorial) "Prophets, losses and electronic communication", Stimulus, 2004, 12:3, 1-2

"Hypertext Bible Commentary and Encyclopaedia: a New Zealand-based international electronic publishing project", Stimulus, 2004, 12:3, 43–48

"Hypertext and Publication in Biblical Studies" SBL Forum []

Review of G. Johannes Botterweck And Helmer Ringgren And Heinz-Josef Fabry, eds., Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament: Volume 13, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2004).

Review of Bruce C. Birch And Walter Brueggemann And Terence E. Fretheim And David L. Petersen, A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2004).


"Form, Medium and Function: The Rhetorics and Poetics of Text and Hypertext in Humanities Publishing", International Journal of the Book 1, 2003, 317-327

Review of Michael H. Floyd, Minor Prophets: Part 2, Review of Biblical Literature []


'Commentary beyond the Codex: Hypertext and the Art of Biblical Commentary' in Johann Cook (ed.) Bible and Computer Leiden: Brill, 2002, 641-651

Review of John Olley First and Second Kings Then and Now: in the midst of change, God. Colloquium 34:1, 49-50


'Post Modern Bible Commentary Project' Journal of Biblical Studies [] 1:4

Review of Mark G. Brett Genesis: Procreation and the politics of identity. Pacifica 14, 328-330

Review of Abma, R. Bonds of Love: Studies of Prophetic Texts with Marriage Imagery (Isaiah 50: 1-3 and 54: 1-10, Hosea 1-3, Jeremiah 2-3) Studia Semitica Neerlandica 40. RBL Online Edition

Hypertext and Commentary Writing: the Hypertext Bible Commentary project Digital Resources for Research in the Humanities 2001, SETIS, University of Sydney


"Where do you read." in Mission without Christendom: exploring the site, essays for Brian Smith (Carey Studies in Theology) Auckland: Carey Baptist College, 13-22

Review of Baker, David W., and Bill T. Arnold The Face of Old Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches RBL Online Edition

"Genesis 1-2 : creation and evolution; nature and purpose" Stimulus 2000; 8(3):6-7


"Cohesion, Rhetorical Purpose and the Poetics of Coherence in Amos 3" ABR XLVII 1999 pp.16-28


Etudions l’Ancien Testament. (Manuel Africain de théologie, 2) Kinshasa: Université Protestante au Zaire (Book)


"Appropriate Theology: Reflections on Theological Education in Zaire", Baptist Ministers' Journal 240 1992 pp.15-16 (Short Note)


"The Long and the Short of it: Two Recent Commentaries on the Book of Amos" JSOT 51 1991 pp.119-121 (Review article)


"Qui me parlera de Dieu ma mère? Dieu comme mère dans Es 40ss et dans la pensée de quelques pères de l'Eglise" RZTP IV 1990 pp.83-92 (Article)


"Formation spirituelle dans l'éducation théologique: un projet oecumnique et son contexte locale" RZTP III 1989 pp.107-115 (Article)

Etudions... le livre du prophète Amos, Kinshasa, FTPZ, 1989 (Book)


"Le texte biblique et le contexte africain" RZTP II 1988 pp.11-17 (Article)


"Une lecture féministe, l'analyse structurelle et l'aperçu d'un scribe juif." RZTP I 1986 pp.173-181 (Article)


"Are the Two Creation Stories in Genesis Sexist" BTA VI,11 Supplément 1984 pp.111-119 (Article)