Dr Philip Kern

“I have a special interest in John’s Gospel, Galatians and enjoy teaching New Testament Greek.”

Philip is captivated by the stories of the Bible, especially the patriarchal narratives and the exodus. The Gospel of John remains a constant source of great joy, while the epistles of Paul, especially Galatians (and esp. Paul’s teaching of the cross), are always in the background. When not studying or teaching he likes to read history, explore Australia on a motorcycle, and spend time with Amy and their four children.



Rhetoric and Galatians: Assessing an Approach to Paul’s Epistle. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 101. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.


Articles & Essays

‘Review of Thomas Schreiner’s, Galatians‘, Themelios 37.1 (2012): 78–80.

‘The Cultural Context of Paul’s Gospel: The Cross and Suffering in Galatians’, Reformed Theological Review 70.2 (2011): 135-154.

‘The Word of the Cross: the Language of the Cross in 1 Corinthians’. Chapter 4 in The Wisdom of the Cross: Exploring 1 Corinthians. Edited by Brian S. Rosner.  Nottingham: Apollos, 2011.

‘Paul’s Conversion and Luke’s Portrayal of Character in Acts 8–10’, Tyndale Bulletin 54.2 (2003): 63-80.

‘Justification by Faith in the Letter to the Galatians’. In Justification and Christian Assurance. Edited by R. J. Gibson. Explorations, 10. Sydney: Lancer, 1996.

‘Review of Duane Litfin, St Paul’s Theology of Proclamation. Evangelical Quarterly 68 (1996): 161–62.

‘Review of Daniel Patte, The Ethics of Interpretation. Beacon Book Reviewer (1996): 2–3.

‘Review of John Barclay, Obeying the Truth: Paul’s Ethics in Galatians. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 48 (1992): 125.

‘Review of William Mounce’, Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testament.  Emmaus Journal 16.1: 87-90.


‘Galatians, Scholarship and Rhetoric’.  PhD Thesis accepted by the University of Sheffield, 1994.

Seminar presented to the University of Sheffield Biblical Studies Seminar (March 1992):  ‘’Where is Rhetoric Taking Galatians?’

Seminar presented to the University of Sheffield Biblical Studies Seminar (April 1991):  ‘Sinner or Transgressor:  Searching for linguistic Consistency in Galatians 2:15-21’.

‘The “I” of Galatians 2.15-21’.  M.A. Thesis accepted by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1990.

Current Research

First Century Christians as Public Speakers and Apologists (for the Eerdmans Series First Century Christians in the Graeco–Roman World).

Definitions of ‘gospel’ in current NT studies.

Hina clauses in the New Testament

Paul’s Language of the Cross in 1 Corinthians


NT grammar

Jacob in Biblical Theology

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  • Motorcycles
  • Family
Previous Experience
  • 1989 Master of Divinity (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
  • 1990 Master of Arts (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
  • 1994 PhD (University of Sheffield)
  • 1991-92 Tutor in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield
  • 1995-98 Lecturer, Emmaus Bible College, Sydney
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