Dr Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson joined the Moore College faculty in July 2016, having previously been Teaching Fellow in Biblical Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew Studies at the University of Cambridge, Visiting Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Oak Hill College, London, and Junior Research Fellow at Tyndale House, Cambridge.

Chris studied law at Oxford, trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, and served on the ministry staff of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, before undertaking theological studies at Oak Hill College and Cambridge. His doctoral thesis was entitled ‘The Removal of Sin in the Book of Zechariah’.

The subjects Chris has taught include introductory, intermediate, and advanced biblical Hebrew, biblical Aramaic, introductory and intermediate New Testament Greek, and the books of Deuteronomy, Ruth, Daniel, Zechariah, Romans, and Hebrews. He has tutored several other subjects, including courses on the Pentateuch, Job, Old Testament Theology, and the exilic period.

His current research lies at the intersection of Hebrew linguistics and biblical theology, with a particular focus on conceptions of sin and righteousness in the Hebrew Bible. He is also interested in pedagogy and is close to completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice through the University of Edinburgh.

Chris belongs to Church By The Bridge in Kirribilli and in his spare time enjoys playing guitar, walking, and spending time with friends.


Articles & Essays

‘What is Aspect? Contrasting Definitions in General Linguistics and New Testament Studies’. Pages 13-80 in The Greek Verb Revisited: A Fresh Approach for Biblical Exegesis. Edited by Steven E Runge & Christopher J. Fresch.  Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2016.

‘The “Seven Eyes” of Zech 3:9 and the Meaning of the Dual Form,’ Vetus Testamentum 62 (2012): 115–28.

Book Reviews

Review of Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, ‘Zechariah and His Visions: An Exegetical Study of Zechariah’s Vision Report.’ Journal of Theological Studies 68 (2017): 712–14.

Review of Joseph Lam,’ Patterns of Sin in the Hebrew Bible: Metaphor, Culture, and the Making of a Religious Concept’. Themelios 42 (2017): 153–54.

Review of Bryan J. Whitfield, ‘Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3 and 4’. Page 181 in D.W. Rooke (ed) Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2015. London: SAGE, 2015.

Review of Sun Myung Lyu, ‘Righteousness in the Book of Proverbs’. Pages 101–2 in D.W. Rooke (ed) Society for Old Testament Study Book List 2014. London: SAGE, 2014.

Conference and Seminar Papers

“Should We Speak of Jesus ‘Paying Our Debt’ On the Cross?” Moore College School of Theology, 2016.

“When Is a God Not a God? The Semantics of Biblical Monotheism.” Edinburgh Biblical Studies Research Seminar, 2016.

“What Is Aspect? Competing Definitions in Linguistics and New Testament Studies.” Conference on Linguistics and the Greek Verb, Cambridge, 2015.

“Righteousness in the Hebrew Bible and Misconceptions in New Testament Scholarship.” Cambridge New Testament Senior Seminar, 2015.

“Was the Exile a Payment of Debt? The Supposed rṣh II in Lev. 26 and Isa. 40:2.” Society for Old Testament Study Winter Meeting, Cambridge, 2015.

“Tom Wright on Paul and Justification: An Old Testament Perspective.” Conference on Justification with N. T. Wright, Theologische Universiteit Kampen, 2014.

“Deuteronomy and the Passover Lamb: A Case of Semantic Overloading?” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Vienna, 2014.

“Metaphors for Sin: A Response to Recent Research.” Cambridge Old Testament Senior Seminar, 2012.

“‘How Long?’ Now And Not Yet in Zechariah 1–8.” Cambridge Old Testament Graduate Seminar, 2010.

“Uncovering the Woman in Zechariah’s Ephah (Zech. 5:5–11)” Congress of the International Organisation for the Study of the Old Testament, Helsinki, 2010.

“The Lord’s Choosing of Jerusalem and the Seven-Eyed Stone of Zech. 3:9” Oxbridge Old Testament Graduate Seminar, Cambridge, 2009.

Current Research

The intersection of Hebrew linguistics and biblical theology, with a particular focus on conceptions of sin and righteousness in the Hebrew Bible.

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Previous Experience
  • 2015–16 Teaching Fellow in Biblical Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • 2013–15 Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew Studies, University of Cambridge
  • 2012–13 Visiting Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Oak Hill College, London
  • 2012–15 Junior Research Fellow in Biblical Studies, Tyndale House, Cambridge
  • 2001–4 City Worker, St. Helen’s Church, Bishopsgate, London
  • 1998–2001 Trainee Chartered Accountant, Ernst & Young, London
  • Academic Biography
  • 2008–12 University of Cambridge, Ph.D. in Theology and Religious Studies
  • 2007–8 University of Cambridge, M.Phil. in Theology and Religious Studies
  • 2004–7 Oak Hill College, B.A. Hons. (1st Class) in Theological and Pastoral Studies
  • 1994–98 University of Oxford, B.A. Hons. (1st Class) in Jurisprudence
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