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Associate Professor David Neville

BA (Berea), BD (MelbCollDivinity), PhD (Murdoch)

Lecturer in New Testament Studies
St Mark's National Theological Centre

David Neville lectures in New Testament Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, a partner in the School of Theology of Charles Sturt University. He grew up in East Africa and has studied in both the United States and Australia. Before joining the faculty at St Mark's, he taught in Anglican schools in both Perth and Sydney. He is married to Sonia and has two adult children and two grandchildren.


  • New Testament topics
  • Judaism and Early Christianity
  • Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation


  • The Vehement Jesus: Grappling with Troubling Gospel Texts (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2017).
  • Co-editor, Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014).
  • Editor, The Bible, Justice and Public Theology (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press; Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2014).
  • A Peaceable Hope: Contesting Violent Eschatology in New Testament Narratives (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013).
  • Co-editor, Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2009).
  • Co-editor, Theodicy and Eschatology (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005).
  • Co-editor, Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003).
  • Mark's Gospel—Prior or Posterior? A Reappraisal of the Phenomenon of Order (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002).
  • Editor, Prophecy and Passion: Essays in Honour of Athol Gill (Adelaide: Australian Theological Forum, 2002).
  • Arguments from Order in Synoptic Source Criticism: A History and Critique (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1994).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Anabaptist Pacifism," Faith and Freedom: A Journal of Christian Ethics, Vol. 6, No. 2 (August 1998): 12–16. Reprinted with a response by Graeme R. Chatfield in South Pacific Journal of Mission Studies, No. 28 (July 2003): 33–39.
  • "King, Merton and Barth: Their Abiding Significance," in Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture, ed. David Neville and Philip Matthews (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003), 95–125.
  • "C. S. Lewis and Christian Pacifism," in Faith and Freedom: Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture, ed. David Neville and Philip Matthews (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003), 205–216.
  • "Colour and Criticism: Light on the Gospels," St Mark's Review, No. 195 (2004): 29–36.
  • "God's Presence and Power: Christology, Eschatology and 'Theodicy' in Mark's Crucifixion Narrative," in Theodicy and Eschatology, ed. Bruce Barber and David Neville (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2005), 19–41.
  • "The Demise of the Two-Document Hypothesis? Dunn and Burkett on Gospel Sources," Pacifica, Vol. 19, No. 1 (February 2006): 78–92.
  • "The Second Testament as a Covenant of Peace," Biblical Theology Bulletin, Vol. 37, No. 1 (Spring 2007): 27–35.
  • "Jesus' Vision of God's Fair Reign," in "Into the World You Love": Encountering God in Everyday Life, ed. Graeme Garrett (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2007), 36–49.
  • "The Bible as a Public Document: A Perspective on the Contribution of Anglicanism," St Mark's Review, No. 203 (2007): 35–45.
  • "Toward a Teleology of Peace: Contesting Matthew's Violent Eschatology," Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Vol. 30, No. 2 (December 2007): 131–61. [Reprinted in New Testament Studies, 4 Volumes, SAGE Benchmarks in Religious Studies, ed. Paul Foster (Sage Publications, 2010), Volume 2, chapter 24.]
  • "Moral Vision and Eschatology in Mark's Gospel: Coherence or Conflict?" Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 127, No. 2 (Summer 2008): 359–84.
  • "Dialectic as Method in Public Theology: Recalling Jacques Ellul," International Journal of Public Theology, Vol. 2, No. 2 (2008): 163–81.
  • "The Phantom Returns: Delbert Burkett's Rehabilitation of Proto-Mark," Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Vol. 84, No. 1 (April 2008): 135–73. [See, in reply, Delbert Burkett, "The Return of Proto-Mark: A Response to David Neville," Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses, Vol. 85, No. 1 (April 2009): 117–34.]
  • "Violating Faith via Eschatological Violence: Reviewing Matthew's Eschatology," in Validating Violence – Violating Faith: Interfaith Perspectives on Religious Violence, ed. William Emilsen and John Squires (Adelaide: ATF Press, 2008), 95–110.
  • "Justice and Divine Judgment: Scriptural Perspectives for Public Theology," International Journal of Public Theology, Vol. 3, No. 3 (2009): 339–56.
  • "Grace Elicits Correspondences: The Christian Theologian as Peacemaker," in Embracing Grace – The Theologian's Task: Essays in Honour of Graeme Garrett, ed. Heather Thomson (Canberra: Barton Books, 2009), 119–34.
  • "Creation Reclaimed: Resurrection and Responsibility in Mark 15:40–16:8," in Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen, ed. Keith D. Dyer and David J. Neville (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009), 95–115.
  • "'The Spirit of the Lord is upon me': Preaching from Luke in Year C," St Mark's Review, No. 213 (2010): 57–70.
  • "Things New and Old: Preaching from Matthew in Year A," St Mark's Review, No. 216 (2011): 25–41.
  • "Faithful, True, and Violent? Christology and 'Divine Vengeance' in the Revelation to John," in Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend, ed. Ted Grimsrud and Michael Hardin (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2011), 56–84.
  • "The Way of the Lord: Preaching from Mark in Year B," St Mark's Review, No. 219 (2012): 17–34.
  • "The Spirit of Promise: Preaching from Acts," St Mark's Review, No. 223 (2013): 51–66.
  • "Christian Scripture and Public Theology: Ruminations on their Ambiguous Relationship," International Journal of Public Theology, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013): 5–23.
  • "The Moral Vision of Jesus in Matthew 5," St Mark's Review, No. 227 (2014): 46–61.
  • "Calamity and the Biblical God – Borderline or Line of Belonging? Intratextual Tension in Luke 13," in Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readings from Oceania, ed. Jione Havea, David J. Neville, and Elaine M. Wainwright (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014), 39–55.
  • "The Bible, Justice and Public Theology: An Introductory Essay," in The Bible, Justice and Public Theology, ed. David J. Neville (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2014), 1–21.
  • "Parable as Paradigm for Public Theology: Relating Theological Vision to Social Life," in The Bible, Justice and Public Theology, ed. David J. Neville (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2014), 145–60.
  • "Toward a Hermeneutic of Shalom: Reading Texts of Teleological Terror in Peace Perspective," Word & World, Vol. 34, No. 4 (2014): 339–48.
  • "Love of Enemies, NT," commissioned for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, forthcoming 2018.

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