Heads of School

Dr Jeffrey Aernie

BA (Wheaton), MDiv (TEDS), PhD (Aberdeen)

Head of School, School of Theology
United Theological College

Jeffrey Aernie is Head of School and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies. Dr Aernie serves as the Academic Dean and Course Advisor for Theology Higher Degree by Research programs at the Parramatta campus of the School of Theology (United Theological College).

His current research focuses on Paul's letters and theology (especially the Corinthian correspondence), the theme of discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, and and the nature of Christian discipleship as virtue-formation. He welcomes research students in these three areas.


  • THL101/417 — New Testament Greek 1
  • THL106/409 — Introduction to New Testament Studies
  • THL203 — Paul and His Letters
  • THL204/443 — New Testament Greek 2
  • THL208 — Synoptic Gospels
  • THL301 — Hebrews and the General Epistles
  • THL302 — New Testament Greek 3
  • THL303 — Judaism and Early Christianity
  • THL307 — Johannine Literature
  • THL511 — Contemporary Approaches to Biblical Studies
  • THL517 — Advanced Biblical Exegesis
  • THL535 — Seminar in Biblical and Theological Interpretation


  • Narrative Discipleship: Portraits of Women in the Gospel of Mark. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018.
  • Is Paul also among the Prophets? An Examination of the Relationship between Paul and the Old Testament Prophetic Tradition in 2 Corinthians. Library of New Testament Studies 467. London: T&T Clark, 2012.


  • "Theological Grit: The Convergence of Deliberate Practice and Christian Discipleship.” Colloquium (2019): forthcoming.
  • "Faith, Judgment, and the Life of the Believer: A Reassessment of 2 Corinthians 5:6–10." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 79 (2017): 438–454.
  • "Cruciform Discipleship: The Narrative Function of the Women in Mark 15–16." Journal of Biblical Literature 135 (2016): 779–797.
  • "Tablets of Fleshly Hearts: Paul and Ezekiel in Concert." Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 6 (2016): 55–73.
  • "Participation in Christ: An Analysis of Pauline Soteriology." Horizons in Biblical Theology 37 (2015): 50–68.

Book Chapters

  • "Rule of the Community (1QS)and Mark 9:30­–50: Discipleship Re-ordered.” In Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism. Edited by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018.
  • "Borderless Discipleship: The Syrophoenician Woman as a Christ-Follower in Mark 7:24–30." Pages 191–207 in Bible, Borders, Belonging(s): Engaging Readers from Oceania. Edited by   Jione Havea, David Neville, and Elaine Wainwright. Society of Biblical Literature Semeia Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.
  • "Paul of Tarsus." Pages 122–133 in Great Spiritual Leaders: Studies in Leadership for a Pluralist Society. Edited by Seforosa Carroll and William M. Emilsen. Canberra: Barton, 2014.
  • "Revealed Belief." Pages 26–33 in I Believe in God. Edited by William M. Emilsen. North Parramatta: UTC, 2011.

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