Dr Mark FinneyMark Finney

Lecturer in Religion

Tel (0)114 22 20512

Email m.t.finney@sheffield.ac.uk


Mark's fascination with the role and function of religion in both ancient and contemporary perspectives led him to begin his academic studies at the London School of Theology. He later did research in middle eastern studies at the University of Nottingham where he explored areas such as Orientalism, Islamic studies, and religion, identity and conflict. He also held a teaching post at the ministerial training institution, St John´s College, Nottingham. Mark joined the University of Sheffield at the beginning of 2009.

One of Mark's major research interests is conflict and violence in the sacred texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also in 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). In addition, he is a member of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies and has research interests in concepts of afterlife and in religion and art.

Research interests

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


Resurrection, Hell and the Afterlife: Body and Soul in Antiquity, Judaism and Early Christianity(London: Routledge, forthcoming 2015).

‘Christian Zionism, the US and the Middle East: A Sketch & Brief Analysis’ in M. Sandford (ed.), The Bible, Zionism and Palestine: A Sheffield Colloquium (Relegere, forthcoming, 2015).

‘Jesus & the Contours of Oppression: Labelling & Deviance in the Johannine Passion Narrative’ in David Chalcraft (ed.), New Directions in Social Scientific and Cultural Studies: Approaches to the Bible (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2014).

‘Social Identity and Conflict in Corinth: 1 Corinthians 11.17-34 in Context’ in J. Brian Tucker and Coleman A. Baker (eds), T&T Clark Handbook for Social Identity and the New Testament (London: T&T Clark, 2014), 273-87.

‘Afterlives of the Afterlife: The Development of Hell in its Jewish and Christian Contexts’ in J. Cheryl Exum & David J. A. Clines (eds), Biblical Reception 2 (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2013), 150-71.

‘Servile Supplicium, Shame and the Deuteronomic Curse: Crucifixion in Its Cultural Context’ in Biblical Theology Bulletin 43.3 (2013), 124-34.

‘Jesus in Visual Imagination: The Art of Invention’ in J. Cheryl Exum & David J. A. Clines (eds), Biblical Reception 1 (Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2012), 1-28.

'Honour, Head-coverings & Headship: 1 Corinthians 11.2-16 in its Social Context' in Journal for the Study of the New Testament 33.1 (2011), 31-58.

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