Revd David Wenham MA, PhD
Tutor in New Testament (part time)
David Wenham joined the Trinity faculty in summer 2008. He was brought up in Bristol, and then studied theology in Cambridge University. He went on to do research on the Gospels for his PhD at Manchester University, before taking up the position of Theological Students' Secretary with the Universities' and Colleges' Christian Fellowship (UCCF, formerly Inter-Varsity Fellowship). He then taught in India for five years at Union Biblical Seminary, returning in 1979 to Tyndale House in Cambridge where he directed the Gospels Research Project. He was a lay reader in Histon Parish Church near Cambridge, and did part-time ordination training at Ridley Hall.
He moved to Wycliffe Hall in Oxford in 1983, and taught New Testament in the Hall and the University for 24 years. He served as Dean and Vice-Principal for several years, and was also for seven years Assistant Priest in rural parishes near Oxford. He was Vice-Principal of Trinity until December 2011.
David has published widely on Jesus and Paul. He gets particular pleasure out of seeking to make the Bible intelligible and exciting in classroom and parish contexts. His Did St Paul Get Jesus Right? (written at a popular level) looks at the relationship between Jesus' and Paul's teaching in the New Testament, and aims to show that Paul did not distort or invent Jesus' teaching, as is often claimed.
David is married to Clare. They have two married sons and four grandchildren. David's interests include gardening, walking, reading, India and current affairs.
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Research interests include
History of Jesus
Origins of the Gospels
The Sermon on the Mount
Paul and Jesus
'We Proclaim the Word of Life': preachng the New Testament today, eds by Ian Paul and David Wenham (Leicester: IVP/Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2013); chapter on 'Preaching the Sermon on the Mount'.
Did St Paul Get Jesus Right? The Gospel According to Paul (Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2010).
Paul and Jesus: The True Story (London: SPCK, 2002).
Exploring the New Testament, D. Wenham and S. Walton (London: SPCK, 2001; second edition 2011).
The Parables of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1989).
Paul: Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity? (Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1995).
Gospel Perspectives (Continuum International Publishing Group, 1984).
John's Gospel: Good News for Today (RTSF, 1997) available on http://theologynetwork.org.
Paul and the Historical Jesus (Grove, 1998)
Among his many articles, some of the most recent are:
'The Sevenfold Form of the Lord's Prayer', Expository Times, vol. 121, May 2010.
‘The Rock on which to build: some mainly Pauline observations about the Sermon on the Mount' in Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew, eds D.Gurtner and J.Nolland (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007)
‘The Purpose of Luke-Acts: Israel's Story in the Context of the Roman Empire' in Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation, eds C Bartholomew and A.C.Thiselton (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2006)