Dr Tim Meadowcroft is a Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, with a special interest in Old Testament Studies and Biblical Interpretation.
Tim loves the fact that the Bible is a vast undiscovered frontier that it takes a life time to explore. He teaches to help students glimpse that frontier, and find the tools and maps to help them carry on with their own exploration. In doing that, he hopes that students find in the Scriptures an amazing resource to take into wherever God has placed them.
Currently Tim is working on theological readings of the book of Daniel, and has recently published several articles on that theme. He is also exploring biblical wisdom and its response to the created order which we as human beings inhabit.
Tim grew up in Pakistan, and then studied and trained in his home town of Christchurch. After a period of high school teaching in Ngaruawahia, he trained for Anglican parish ministry and served in parishes in the Waikato diocese. He was given the opportunity to complete a PhD in Edinburgh before coming to work at Laidlaw College (then Bible College of New Zealand), where he is now in his twenty-fifth year of teaching. He remains active in his local Anglican parish.
Tim is married to Sue and they have four married daughters and ten grandchildren, all of whom live handy. Tim also likes his electric bike and experiences the agony and the ecstasy of trying to follow the Oklahoma City Thunder and the NZ Breakers basketball teams.
Hermeneutics, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Contextualisation, Wisdom literature, Apocalyptic literature, Literary readings of the text of Scripture, Scripture and Science
Current Research Projects
- Contextualisation and Participation in the book of Daniel
- Theological and contemporary readings of Ecclesiastes
- A reading of Psalm 104
Current and Recent Postgraduate Research Supervision
Supervision of University of Otago candidate on the Septuagint of Isaiah
Supervision of Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate on a Korean reading of John 14.6
Supervision of Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate on the Old Testament use of the concept of chesed in the New Testament.
Supervision of Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate on the metaphorical theology of James McClendon
Supervision of Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate on Zephaniah and intertextuality
Supervision of University of Otago PhD candidate on realistic empathy and a reading of Exodus
Supervision of Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate on Song of Songs and post-critical readings
Supervision of University of Otago PhD candidate on Lamentations
Supervision of University of Otago PhD candidate on the second temple priesthood
Supervision of Australian College of Theology DMin dissertation on the Churches of Christ and hermeneutics
Supervison of Laidlaw Graduate School of Theology MTh dissertation on contemporary prophecy and the Old Testament prophetic tradition
Supervision of Laidlaw Graduate School of Theology MTh thesis on Amos 9
Supervision of Laidlaw Graduate School MTh thesis on Ecological reading of the book of Revelation
Supervision of Laidlaw Graduate School of Theology MTh thesis on Habakkuk
Supervision of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School MTh dissertation on divine and divinely sanctioned violence
Supervision of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School MTh thesis on the book of Jonah and relevance theory
Supervision of Laidlaw-Carey Graduate School MTh dissertation on Daniel 9.24-27
Supervision of Bible College of New Zealand MTh thesis on Song of Songs and relevance theory
Co-editor (with William Longgar), Living in the Family of Jesus: Critical Contextualization in Melanesia and Beyond (Auckland: Archer, 2016)
Co-editor (with Caroline Blyth), Spirituality and Cancer: Christian Encounters (Auckland: Accent, 2015)
Co-editor (with Joel B. Green), Ears that Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013)
Co-editor (with Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett and Tim Bulkeley), Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire (Eugene: Pickwick, 2013)
The Message of the Word of God (Bible Speaks Today Biblical Themes; Leicester: IVP, 2011)
Co-editor (with P. Church, P. Walker and T. Bukleley), The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible (Eugene: Pickwick, 2011)
Co-editor (with M. Habets), Gospel, Truth, & Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand (Auckland: Archer, 2011)
Haggai (Readings: Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2006)
Recent Essays, Articles and Electronic Resources (peer reviewed)
Daniel’s Visionary Participation in the Divine Life: Dynamics of Participation in Daniel 8–12, Journal of Theological Interpretation 11 (2017): 217-38
“Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians” (NRSV Daniel 4:9): Explorations in Identity and Context from the Career of Daniel,” Mission Studies 33 (2016): 26-48. Online: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15733831-12341432;jsessionid=181yds7aou0a7.x-brill-live-03
“‘One Like a Son of Man’ in the Court of the Foreign King: Daniel 7 as Pointer to Wise Participation in the Divine Life,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 10 (2016): 245-63.
“Speculations towards Change,” Thought Matters 4 (2015): 151-169
“Eternity and Dust? Cancer and the Creative God,” Pacifica 27 (2014): 294-314. Online: http://paa.sagepub.com/content/27/3/294.full.pdf?i...
“Building an Old Testament Library: Psalms-Daniel,” Catalyst 40, no 3 (March 2014): 6-8. Online: http://www.catalystresources.org/building-an-old-t...
“Theological Commentary: A Diversifying Enterprise,” Journal of Theological Interpretation 7 (2013): 133-51.
“Introduction: An Interpretive Conversation,” in Ears that Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (eds Joel B. Green and T.J. Meadowcroft: Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013), 1-10.
“‘Exegesis as Love’: Encountering Truth in John 14.15-26,” in Ears that Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (eds Joel B. Green and T.J. Meadowcroft: Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2013), 191-203.
“Spirit, Interpretation and Scripture: A Study on 2 Peter 1:19-21,” in Light for Our Path: The Authority, Inspiration, Meaning and Mission of Scripture (eds Bruce Nicholls, Julie Belding and Joseph Shao; Manila: Asia Theological Association, 2013), 24-33.
“Is the God of the Old Testament a Tyrant?” in Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism (eds Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd; Eugene: Pickwick, 2013), 192-204.
“Transforming Word and Empire: Isaiah 55:10-11 Considered,” in Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire (eds Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley and Tim Meadowcroft; Eugene: Pickwick, 2013), 137-50.
(co-authored with William Messenger), “The Twelve Prophets and Work,” Theology of Work Project. Online: http://www.theologyofwork.org/old-testament/the-tw...
“Pascal’s Bus: A Conversation between Blaise Pascal and the British Humanist Association Buses,” Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion 10/2 (2011): 101-12
“The Gospel and the Land of Promise: A Response,” in The Gospel and the Land of Promise: Christian Approaches to the Land of the Bible (eds P. Church, P. Walker, T. Bukleley and T. Meadowcroft; Eugene: Pickwick, 2011), 158-65.
“Hermeneutics and Evangelical Identity: A Literary Critical Appreciation,” in Gospel, Truth, & Interpretation: Evangelical Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand (eds T. Meadowcroft and M. Habets; Auckland: Archer, 2011), 266-88.
“Spirit, Interpretation and Scripture: Exegetical Thoughts on 2 Peter 1:19-21,” in The Spirit of Truth: Reading Scripture and Constructing Theology with the Holy Spirit (ed. M. Habets; Eugene: Pickwick, 2010), 57-72.
“In Whose Interests Do We Read? A Response to Miriam Bier,” in Reconsidering Gender: Evangelical Perspectives (eds M. Habets and B. Wood; Eugene: Pickwick, 2010), 161-70.
“Prince,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Me-R, Volume 4 (ed. K.D. Sakenfeld; Nashville: Abingdon, 2009), 614.
‘A Desolate Land, People and Temple: Haggai and the Environment,’ Colloquium 40 (2008), 54-74
‘The Subtle Temptations of State Sponsored Theological Education: A New Zealand Perspective,’ Teaching Theology and Religion 10 (2007), 25-33
‘Method and Old Testament Theology: Barr, Brueggemann and Goldingay Considered,’ Tyndale Bulletin 57/1 (2006), 35-56
‘Between Authorial Intent and Indeterminacy: The Incarnation as an Invitation to Human-Divine Discourse’, in Scottish Journal of Theology 58 (2005), 199-218
‘Who are the Princes of Persia and Greece (Daniel 10)? Pointers towards the Danielic Vision of Earth and Heaven’, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 29 (2004), 99-113
‘History and Eschatology in Tension: A Literary Response to Daniel 11:40-45 as Test Case,’ Pacifica 17 (2004), 243-50
Recent and Current Editorial Responsibilities
Editorial Consultant, The Bible Translator
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplement Series
Editorial Board Member, Stimulus
Editorial Board Member, Interface
Editorial Consultant, The Bible Translator – Practical Papers
Joint Editor, Colloquium Journal
Editorial Board Member, Colloquium Journal
Old Testament Editor, Asia Bible Commentary series
Recent Conference and Seminar Papers
“Making Space for Hope: Qohelet’s הֶבֶל and the Life of Faith,” presented as keynote address to New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Combined Conference, Auckland, June 2016
“‘One Like a Son of Man’ in the Court of the Foreign King,’ presented to SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 2015
‘Eternity and Dust?’ presented to conference on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer, Auckland, February 2014
“Speculations towards Change,” presented to Salvation Army “Thought Matters” conference, Auckland, August 2014
“‘Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians’ (NRSV Dan 4.9): Explorations in Identity and Context from Daniel 1,” presented to Laidlaw Graduate School Thesis Writers Conference, October 2014
“Explorations in Identity and Context from the Court Tales of Daniel,” presented to ANZABS, Dunedin, December 2014
‘Theological Commentary: A Diversifying Enterprise: A Consideration of Three Recent “Theological” Commentaries on the Book of Genesis,’ presented to University of Otago Department of Theology and Religion Postgraduate Seminar, April 2013
‘Hebrews 1.1-4: In these Last Days God Has Spoken,’ presented to the Meeting of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies, Kota Kinabalu, June 2012
‘Spirit, Interpretation and Scripture: A study on 2 Peter 1:19-21,’ presented to the Asia Theological Association Consultation on Scripture, Kuang (Kuala Lumpur), June 2012
‘Theological Interpretation of the Bible as Interpretive Conversation’, presented to Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies, Auckland, December 2012.
‘God’s Word Goes Forth: Transformation within the Empire,’ presented to Colloquium on Isaiah and Empire, Laidlaw College, Auckland, February 2011
‘Exegesis as Love: Reflections on John 14:15-26,’ presented to Colloquium on Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Laidlaw College, Auckland, August 2011
‘Waiting for Godot: Eschatology and Scripture in Revelation 5,’ presented to Australia New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Conference, Melbourne, July 2010
‘“Be Perfect as Your Heavenly Father is Perfect”: An Exploration of Word and Word in Matthew 5.17-48,’ presented to Australian Catholic Biblical Association Meeting, Melbourne, July 2010
‘Spirit, Interpretation and Scripture: Exegetical Thoughts on 2 Peter 1.19-21,’ presented to ANZATS Conference, Adelaide, July 2009
‘Speech, Act and Covenant Transformation in Isaiah 55,’ presented to Australian Catholic Biblical Association Meeting, Sydney, July 2009
‘A Response to Chris Wright’s The Mission of God,” presented to a meeting of Tyndale-Carey Graduate School faculty meeting with Chris Wright, March 2008
‘Spirit, Interpretation and Scripture: Exegetical Thoughts on 2 Peter 1:19-21,’ presented to Tyndale-Carey Graduate School Colloquium on the Holy Spirit, April 2008
‘The Lineage of Haggai: Intertextuality in the Haggai Narrative,’ presented to Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Auckland, July 2008
‘Hermeneutics and Evangelical Identity: A Literary Perspective’, presented to Tyndale Carey Graduate School Evangelical Identities Conference, Auckland, March 2007
‘Hermeneutics: A Personal and Literary Critical Perspective,’ presented to Australasian Theological Forum Conference, Canberra, November 2007
‘The Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies, Ten Meetings On,’ presented to Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies, Auckland, December 2007
‘Haggai and the “Myth of the Empty Land”’, presented to Aotearoa New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies, Auckland, December 2006
‘A Desolate Land, People and Temple: Haggai and the Environment’, presented to Faith in a Hyphen Conference, Sydney, December 2006
H. Morrison, M. Rae, L. Paterson and B. Knowles (eds), Mana Maori and Christianity (Wellington: Huia, 2012), in Taonga 43 (2013), 41.
N. Habel, An Inconvenient Text: Is a Green Reading of the Bible Possible? (Adelaide: ATF, 2009), in Colloquium 43 (2011), 264-66.
W. Brueggemann, Divine Presence amid Violence: Contextualising the Book of Joshua (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2009), in Colloquium 42 (2010), 102-103
K.J. Vanhoozer, C.G. Bartholomew and D.J. Treier (eds), Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Book-By-Book Survey (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), in Colloquium 41 (2009), 223-25
N.B. MacDonald, Metaphysics and the God of Israel: Systematic Theology of the Old and the New Testaments (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006), in Colloquium 40 (2008), 206-10
B.G. Curtis, Up the Steep and Stony Road: The Book of Zechariah in Social Location Trajectory Analysis (Academia Biblica 25; Atlanta: SBL, 2006), in Journal of the American Oriental Society 128 (2008), 165-66
E. Howe, Friendship House, The Early Years (Auckland: Friendship House, 2006), in Anglican Taonga 24 (2007), 53
T.A. Perry, The Honeymoon is Over: Jonah’s Argument with God (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2006), in Colloquium 39 (2007), 106-108
S.E. Porter (ed), Hearing the Old Testament in the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006), in Colloquium 39 (2007), 108-11
J.A. Fitzmyer, The One Who Is To Come (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), in Colloquium 39 (2007), 226-28
K.A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003), in Stimulus 14/2 (2006), 44-45
M. Christine Tetley, The Reconstructed Chronology of the Divided Kingdom (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2005), in Stimulus 14/4 (2006), 46-47
D. Friedmann, To Kill and Take Possession: Law, Morality, and Society in Biblical Stories (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2002), in Stimulus 14/4 (2006), 47-48
Other Recent Writing
‘Faced with Daniel’s Choice,’ Anglican Taonga (Pentecost 2015), 18-19
‘When Hope’s Gone Down the River,’ Anglican Taonga (Spring 2012), 26-27
‘Holy Mary, Meek and Wild’, Anglican Taonga (Advent 2012), 28-29
‘My God, My God, Why?’ Anglican Taonga (Advent 2011), 23-24
‘Waiting and Hoping,’ Anglican Taonga (Winter 2010), 28
‘Jeremiah 21-29,’ Encounter with God (July-September 2010), 65-80
‘When Hermeneutics is Not Enough,’ Anglican Taonga (Spring 2010), 30
‘Word and Spirit,’ Anglican Taonga (Advent 2010), 32
‘Jonah and Zephaniah,’ Encounter with God (July-September 2009), 58-71
‘Where Was God in the Tsunami,’ Anglican Taonga (Advent 2009), 40
‘Daniel 7-12,’ Encounter with God (January-March 2007), 21-25, 27-31
‘Song of Songs,’ Encounter with God (July-September 2007), 24-31, 33
‘Proverbs 28-31,’ and ‘Featured Writer, Tim Meadowcroft,’ Encounter with God (April-June 2006), 12-17
‘The Holy Land, Irony, Paradox – and Beacons for Reconciliation,’ Anglican Taonga 19 (Easter 2006), 28-30
‘A Difficult Blessing,’ Anglican Taonga 23 (Advent 2006), 20-22