Dr Mark Finney

BA, PhD

Department of History

Lecturer in Religion

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m.t.finney@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 22 20512

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Dr Mark Finney
Department of History
1.07
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA
Profile

My major research interests are conflict and violence in the sacred texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the contemporary aspects of religion and conflict in the Middle East (e.g., the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Zionism, Christian Zionism, and the influence of the Christian Right in US foreign policy).

I am a member of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS).

Research interests
  • Afterlife
  • Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Environment
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Religion & Art
  • Religion, Conflict & Violence
  • Religion, Politics, & the Modern Middle East
  • Social-scientific approaches to interpreting ancient religious texts

Current research projects / collaborations:

Publications

Books

  • Finney MT (2016) Resurrection, Hell, and Afterlife: Body and Soul in Antiquity, Judaism, and Early Christianity. London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2012) Honour and Conflict in the Ancient World. T&T Clark Int'l. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2011) Honour and Conflict in the Ancient World. Bloomsbury T&T Clark. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Finney MT (2013) Servile Supplicium: Shame and the Deuteronomic Curse—Crucifixion in Its Cultural Context. Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture, 43(3), 124-134. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2013) Social Identity and Conflict in Corinth: 1 Corinthians 11.17-34 in Context. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2013) SERVILE SUPPLICIUM, SHAME & THE DEUTERONOMIC CURSE— CRUCIFIXION IN ITS CULTURAL CONTEXT. Biblical Theology Bulletin, 43(No. 3), 88-102. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2013) The Priority of the Soul: Constructions of Afterlife in Second Temple Judaism. Journal of Biblical Literature. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney M (2012) Abraham, the Nations, and the Hagarites: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Perspectives on Kinship with Abraham. Edited by MARTIN GOODMAN, GEORGE H. VAN KOOTEN, JACQUES T. A. G. M. VAN RUITEN.. The Journal of Theological Studies, 63(1), 203-205. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2012) Jesus in Visual Imagination: The Art of Invention. Biblical Reception, 1(1), 21-43. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2010) Honor, rhetoric and factionalism in the ancient World: 1 corinthians 1-4 in its social context. Biblical Theology Bulletin, 40(1), 27-36. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2010) Honour, Rhetoric, and Factionalism in the Ancient World: 1 Cor 1-4 in its Social Context. Biblical Theology Bulletin, 1(40). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2010) Honour, Head-coverings & Headship: 1 Corinthians 11.2-16 in its Social Context. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 1(33). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2007) Conflict and Honour in the Ancient World: Some Thoughts on the Social Problems Behind 1 Corinthians. Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2005) Christ Crucified: The Inversion of Roman Imperial Ideology in 1 Corinthians. Biblical Theology Bulletin, 1(35). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2005) Christ Crucified and the Inversion of Roman Imperial Ideology in 1 Corinthians. Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture, 35(1), 20-33. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT () Review essay of Pearce (S.) (ed.), The Image and its Prohibition in Jewish Antiquity.. Classical Review. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT () Review essay of Steven Fine, Art & Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Towards a New Jewish Archaeology. Palestine Exploration Quarterly. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT () Review of Geert Van Oyen & Tom Shepherd (eds), Resurrection of the Dead: Biblical Traditions in Dialogue. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT () Review of Stefan Alkier, The Reality of the Resurrection: the New Testament Witness. Journal for the Study of the New Testament. RIS download Bibtex download

Chapters

  • Finney MT (2016) Christian Zionism, the US and the Middle East: A Sketch and Brief Analysis In Sandford M (Ed.), The Bible, Zionism and Palestine: The Bible's Role in Conflict and Liberation in Israel-Palestine (pp. 20-31). Dunedin, New Zealand: Relegere Academic Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2014) Jesus and the Contours of Oppression: Labelling and Deviance in the Johannine Passion In Chalcraft DJ, Uhlenbruch F & Watson RS (Ed.), Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific Approaches in Biblical Studies Sheffield: Phoenix Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2014) Social Identity and Conflict in Corinth: 1 Corinthians 11.17-34 in Context In Tucker JB & Baker CA (Ed.), T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament Bloomsbury View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2013) Afterlives of the Afterlife: The Development of Hell in its Jewish and Christian Contexts In Exum JC & Clines D (Ed.), Biblical Reception Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries

  • Finney MT (2008) Koinonia. In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Vol 3). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2006) Common. In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Vol 1). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2006) Common Life. In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Vol 1). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2006) Community. In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Vol 1). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Finney MT (2006) Community of Goods. In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (Vol 1). RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of supervision for potential PhD students:

  • Afterlife
  • Judaism and Christianity in their Greco-Roman contexts
  • Religion and Violence
  • Religion, Politics, and the modern Middle East
  • Social-scientific approaches to Biblical Interpretation

Current PhD students:

  • Mohammed Alruwaili - Ibn Taymiyyah and the Ideology of ISIS.
  • Heui Young Lee - Exploring Paul's Ethics: the Context of the Kingdom of God in the Pauline Letters.
  • Bryan Stanton - The Interface between Demonology and Second Temple Purity Systems in the Markan Exorcism Stories.
  • Rosa Wu - The Veil in Biblical and Classical Antiquity: A Sociocultural and Exegetical Study of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16.

All current students

PhD study in History

Teaching activities

Undergraduate:

  • HST202 - Historians and History
  • HST2042 -The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • REL118 - An Introduction to Islam
  • REL127 - Language Skills (Greek)
  • REL210 - Understanding Islam
  • REL359 - Biblical Texts
  • REL382 - Religion in an Age of Terror

Postgraduate: 

  • HST6802 - Research Presentation
  • REL6000 - Research Methods
Professional activities
  • Member of the Sheffield Interdisciplinary Institute for Biblical Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • British New Testament Society
  • Book reviewer: Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Journal of Theological Studies; Palestine Exploration Quarterly; Classical Review

Administrative roles:

Programme Director and Team Leader for Religion & Theology

Public engagement

I am frequently asked for interviews on BBC Radio Sheffield related to my expertise in the area of religion, conflict and violence. This especially involves issues related to the Middle East (Iraq, Gaza etc).