Primary Department
School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music
Head of School
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Theology and Philosophy
Brad Anderson
Phone number:
01 700
Room Number
AHC S214

Academic biography

My teaching and research focuses on the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, as well as the use and impact of these texts down through the centuries. I am also interested in exploring how sacred texts are employed in the contemporary world, from iconic uses to the rise of digital culture.

I am actively involved in a number of professional organisations. I am a former president of the Irish Biblical Association (IBA), and am an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the Society for Old Testament Studies (SOTS), the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts (SCRIPT), and the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religion (ISASR).

I am also involved in postgraduate supervision, and would be happy to take any enquiries from prospective students. Current doctoral students are exploring both text-based and reception history-based projects.

Research interests

Old Testament/Hebrew Bible: Torah; Hebrew prophets; literary, theological, and theoretical approaches; particularity and difference in the HB (insiders and outsiders); interdisciplinary readings of the Bible; the relationship of intertextuality and canonicity; election theology; Jewish-Christian dialogue and the Bible

The use and reception of the Bible: Jewish and Christian history of interpretation; the Bible and biblical studies in theology and the university; the history of biblical studies; hermeneutical theory; the Bible in contemporary popular culture; the Bible and religion in the public square; the use of the Bible in contemporary Christian traditions (Pentecostal, evangelical, Anglican, Catholic); the material Bible and the iconicity of Scriptures

Pedagogy and Student Skills Development: student skills development in theology and religious studies; pedagogy in religion and theology; non-traditional and e-learning