Professor James Crossley
James is Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics at Sheffield University. He has a particular interest in the role of ‘religion’ as a human phenomenon and its relationship to social, economic and ideological contexts, especially, but not exclusively, how all this relates to the critical study of the origins, use and influence of New Testament texts. Amongst his research interests are the historical Jesus and the Gospels, Reception of the Bible in contemporary politics and popular culture and the construction of religion and the media.
Dr Katie Edwards
Dr Katie Edwards is a lecturer in the Bible and Contemporary Culture and Society in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. She researches the impact and influence of the Bible on the modern world and in popular culture. Katie is the academic lead on Hidden Perspectives: Bringing the Bible Out of the Closet, a public engagement project that aims to open up interpretations of biblical narratives to underrepresented groups (hiddenperspectives.org). Katie is the author of Admen and Eve: The Bible in Contemporary Advertising and The Messiah Wears Prada: Images of Jesus in Popular Culture. She has edited a volume on biblical literacy Rethinking Biblical Literacy and is currently working on a single authored book on biblical literacy and popular culture for publication in late 2014.
Professor Philip Esler
Philip Esler is Professor in New Testament Studies in the University of Gloucestershire, at Cheltenham. He has a D Phil and a DD from the University of Oxford in this field. He is a biblical interpreter who works on both Old and New Testament texts. His primary focus is the use of social sciences to help understand the meanings the biblical texts conveyed to their original audiences in their very different ancient contexts, one aspect of which is how biblical narrative worked. He has also published on New Testament theology and on the representation of the Bible in paintings, from frescoes in the Roman catacombs to recent art from Wales. After eleven years working as a lawyer in Sydney, in 1992 he moved with his family to St Andrews, Scotland to a position at the university there. His career also embraces periods as the Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and as Principal and Professor of Biblical Interpretation at St Mary's University College, Twickenham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a member of the Council of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Amanda Hancox is an award winning producer who has worked in radio and television for the BBC for over twenty five years. She has produced a wide range of documentaries, current affairs and discussion programmes for Radios 2, 3 and 4. In her current role as Series Producer, she oversees the radio factual output of BBC Religion and Ethics across the radio networks this includes programmes such as Sunday, Beyond Belief, Hardeep’s Sunday Lunch, Good Morning Sunday and Belief. Amanda also abridged the King James Bible for a day of readings on Radio 4 to mark the bible’s 400th anniversary.