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Senior Research Fellow

Revd Dr. Andrew Clarke

Revd Dr. Andrew Clarke is the Leadership Development Lead for the Scottish Baptist Union and is a Senior Research Fellow at IBTS.

Research Interests

"Social historical and theological understandings of the nature, understanding, practices and life of the earliest Christian communities, especially their leadership. Biblical hermeneutical questions in relation to present day patterns of church community."


Andrew D. Clarke, A Pauline Theology of Church Leadership (Library of New Testament Studies, 362; London: T&T Clark, 2008).

Andrew D. Clarke, Serve the Community of the Church: Christians as Leaders and Ministers (First-Century Christians in the Graeco-Roman World; Andrew D. Clarke [editor]; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000) [305pp].

Andrew D. Clarke, Secular and Christian Leadership in Corinth: A Socio-Historical and Exegetical Study of 1 Corinthians 1-6 (Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und Urchristentums; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1993; 2nd edition; Paternoster Biblical Monographs; Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2006) [190pp].


Andrew D. Clarke, ‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Apostolic Authority’, Criswell Theological Review 12 (2015) pp. 3-22.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Lexicography and New Testament Categories of Church Discipline’, Tyndale Bulletin 64 (2013) pp. 129-51.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘“Do not Judge who is Worthy and Unworthy”: Clement’s Warning not to Speculate about the Rich Young Man’s Response (Mark 10.17-31)’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31 (2009) pp. 447-68.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘“Be Imitators of Me”: Paul’s Model of Leadership’, Tyndale Bulletin 49 (1998) pp. 329-60.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘“Refresh the Hearts of the Saints”: A Unique Pauline Context?’, Tyndale Bulletin 47 (1996) pp. 277-300.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Another Corinthian Erastus Inscription’, Tyndale Bulletin 42 (1991) pp. 146-51.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘The Good and the Just in Romans 5:7’, Tyndale Bulletin 41 (1990) pp. 128-42.

Book Chapters

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘The Church as a Learning Community’, in collected essays from the The Doctine of the Church: Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference 2021 (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, forthcoming).

Andrew D. Clarke and J. Brian Tucker, ‘Social History and Social Theory in the Study of Social Identity’, in J. Brian Tucker & Coleman A. Baker (eds), T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament (London: T&T Clark, 2014) pp. 41-58.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Church Membership and the ἰδιώτης in the Early Corinthian Community’, in J. Laansma et al. (eds.), Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior: Essays on New Testament Theology in the Light of the Church’s Mission in Honor of I. Howard Marshall (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011) pp. 197-211.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Equality or Mutuality? – Paul’s Use of “Brother” Language’, in Peter J. Williams, Andrew D. Clarke, Peter M. Head, David Instone-Brewer (eds.), The New Testament in its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in honour of B.W. Winter on his 65th Birthday (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004) pp. 151-64.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Jew and Greek, Slave and Free, Male and Female: Paul’s Theology of Ethnic, Social and Gender Inclusiveness in Romans 16’, in P. Oakes (ed.), Rome in the Bible and the Early Church (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2002) pp. 103-25.

Andrew D. Clarke, ‘Rome and Italy’, in David W.J. Gill and Conrad Gempf (editors), The Book of Acts in its Graeco-Roman Setting (The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting volume 2; Grand Rapids/Carlisle: Eerdmans/ Paternoster, 1994) pp. 455-81.

Memberships & Networks

Accredited Minister of the Baptist Union of Scotland 2019-
Honorary Professor in School of Divinity, History and Philosophy 2016-
Emeritus Senior Lecturer in School of Divinity, History and Philosophy 2015-
Member of the Baptist Union of Scotland Board of Ministry 2015-
Associate of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University 2014-
Member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) (Assistant Secretary: 2010-15; Secretary: 2016-20) 2005-
Member of the British New Testament Society (BNTS) (local organiser of annual conferences in 1996 and 2009) 1995-
Member of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research (committee member from 1990-95, 2006-12) 1990-

Other Activities

‘The Church as a Learning Community’ at the Edinburgh Dogmatics Conference (June 2021)

‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Authority’ – paper for the New Testament Research Seminar, School of Divinity, University of St Andrews (April 2015)

‘The Theology and Practice of Forging Missional Communities’ – plenary paper at the New Evangelical Theological Symposium, Perth, Scotland (December 2014)

Respondent to James Miller’s review of The T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity and the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2014), for the ‘Identity Formation in the Pauline Letters’ research group of the Institute for Biblical Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA (November 2014)

‘The Unique Contribution of 1 Corinthians’ at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, Los Angeles, USA (November 2014)

‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Authority’ – paper for the New Testament Research Seminar, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University (February 2014)

‘The Church as a Community of Learning: a Neglected Element?’ – The 2014 Annual Livingston Public Lecture, Belfast (February 2014)

‘The Implications of Meeting in Élite Houses’ – paper for a session entitled, ‘Space and the Socio-Economic Situation of Early Christian Assemblies’, in the ‘Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy’ Program Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting at Baltimore, USA (November 2013)

‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Authority’ – paper for the ‘Early Christianity’ Seminar of the British New Testament Society Conference at St Andrews (August 2013)

‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Authority’ – paper for the ‘Reading Paul’s Letters in Context: Theological and Social-Scientific Approaches’ Seminar of the Studiorum Novum Testamentum Societas General Meeting at Perth, Australia (July 2013)

‘The Source and Scope of Paul’s Authority’ – paper for the ‘Authority and Influence in Ancient Texts’ Program Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting St Andrews (July 2013)