Research Profile: Kylie Crabbe

BA (Melb.), BTheol, AdvDipMin, MTheol (MCD), DPhil (Oxon.)

I am an ordained Minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and currently Research Fellow in the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at Australian Catholic University and Associate Teacher at Pilgrim. I was in congregational ministry in Melbourne prior to moving to Oxford for doctoral study. In Oxford and Melbourne I have taught on a wide variety of biblical texts and related areas, including Gospels, Pauline Literature, Second Temple Judaism, biblical Greek, and introductory units on Hebrew Bible.

Research interests

I work in biblical and early Christian studies. My doctoral work focused on ancient writers’ accounts of hope, discipleship, and politics. In particular, I was interested in how ancient writers explain negative experience through the structuring of history—including how their understanding of the end of history shapes their hope and politics in the present. My book Luke/Acts and the End of History (De Gruyter, 2019) considers these (much contested) themes in Luke and Acts, in comparison with diverse Jewish and non-Jewish contemporaneous texts.

My current work considers questions of disability and identity in early Christian texts, with a focus on New Testament texts, Apocryphal Acts, early Christian apocalypses, and the Apostolic Fathers. I am also working on a smaller project which considers the intellectual and social context of post-war German biblical scholarship—particularly that of Hans Conzelmann, which continues to dominate Lukan scholarship.

Research supervision

I am available to supervise graduate students, and would welcome inquiries from students wishing to pursue research into the texts of the New Testament, their Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian literary environment(s), and the texts of Second Temple Judaism, as well as other hermeneutical approaches such as reception history, disability studies, or feminist interpretation. I currently supervise doctoral students working in feminist biblical interpretation, and in images of hell in Matthew. Please do get in touch with me directly if you would like to discuss a possible project.

Recent publications

Crabbe, Kylie. Luke/Acts and the End of HistoryBeihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 238. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.

Crabbe, Kylie. ‘“The blind and the lame”: An adapted category in early Christian communal self-understanding.” In Making the same different: The reception of Jewish Traditions in the social construction of early Christianity. Edited by John Barclay and Kylie Crabbe. Receptions of Jesus in the First Three Centuries. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, forthcoming.

Crabbe, Kylie. ‘Gospels and Acts.’ In The Biblical World. Revd. ed. Edited by Katharine Dell. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, forthcoming.

Crabbe, Kylie. ‘The generation of iron and the final stumbling block: The present time in Hesiod’s Works and Days 106–201 and Barnabas 4.’ In The Eras of Empires. Edited by Loren Stuckenbruck and Andrew Perrin. Leuven: Brill, forthcoming.

Crabbe, Kylie.  ‘Oneness, Unity, and Josephus’s Theological Politics.’ In One God, One People: Oneness, Unity, and Christian Origins. Edited by Stephen C. Barton and Andrew J. Byers. SBLRBS. Atlanta: SBL Press, forthcoming.

Crabbe, Kylie. ‘Accepting Prophecy: Paul’s Response to Agabus with Insights from Valerius Maximus and Josephus.’ Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39.2 (2016): 188-208.

Crabbe, Kylie. ‘Being Found Fighting Against God: Luke’s Gamaliel and Josephus on Human Responses to Divine Providence.’ Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 106.1 (2015): 21-39.

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