Simon Samuel

Simon Samuel

Principal

New Testament Studies

 

 

Degrees:

  • B.A. (History), University of Kerala, 1978
  • B.A., IGNOU, 1997
  • M.A. (History), University of Kerala,1980
  • B.D., Serampore University (Union Biblical Seminary), 1988
  • M.Th. Serampore University (United Theological College), 1992
  • M.Phil. Coventry University, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, UK, 1997
  • Ph.D., Sheffield University, UK, 2002

 

Biography:

 

 

Simon Samuel,

BA, MA, BD, MTh, M Phil, PhD

 

Principal, Luther W. New Jr. Theological College

Professor, New Testament Studies and Christian Origins

Kulhan P.O., Sahastradhara Road

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

India, 248001.

 

 

 

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Qualifications:

 

  • Ph.D. University of Sheffield, New Testament Studies and Christian Origins, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Studies (1998-2002). Internal examiners: Prof. Stephen Moore and Prof. Loveday Alexander; External examiners: Dr. RS Sugirtharajah and Prof. Keith Whitelam.
  • M.Phil. University of Coventry via Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, New Testament Studies and Cultural Studies (9/98). Internal Examiners: Dr. David Wenham and Prof. Christopher Rowland; External examiners: Prof. John Noland and Dr. Mark Goodacre.
  • M.Th. United Theological College, Bangalore, India, (Serampore University), New Testament Studies, (4/92). Examiners: Dr. MV Abraham and Dr. Carl.
  • B.D. Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India, (Serampore University) (4/88) studied under Dr. Saphir Atyal, Dr. Christopher Johathan Wright, Dr. Brine Wintle, Dr. AW Swamidoss.
  • M.A. Kerala University (3/80) Arts & Humanities (History)
  • B.A. Kerala University (3/78) Arts & Humanities (History)

 

Fellowships and Awards:

 

  • 2008 T. G. Frank Collison Award (USA) for outstanding contribution to theological studies in India through the publication of the book A Postcolonial Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus (New York: T & T Clark, 2007)
  • 2001 Patrie Watson Exhibition Award, University of Sheffield
  • 1998-2001 Overseas Research Scholarship Award, CVCP, UK
  • 2001 Gilchrist Educational Trust Scholarship
  • 1999-2001 Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship
  • 1996-2000 Interserve UK Fellowship
  • 1996-2000 Luther W. New Jr. College Research Fellowship
  • 1992 Dr. H.K. Moulton Memorial Prize for New Testament Greek

 

Research Interests:

 

  • New Testament and Christian Origins
  • New Testament and Mission Studies
  • New Testament and Cultural/ Postcolonial Studies
  • New Testament and Charismatic/ Pentecostal Studies
  • New Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics

 

Dissertations:

Ph.D. Dissertation ‘A Postcolonial Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus’ (University of Sheffield (1998-2002).

[Supervisors: Dr. Stephen Moore and Dr. Loveday Alexander, External examiners:  Dr. RS Sugirtharajah and Prof. Keith Whitelam]

This reads Mark’s story of Jesus from a postcolonial perspective. It proposes that Mark need not necessarily be treated in an oversimplified polarity as an anti- or pro-colonial discourse. Instead it may probably be treated as a postcolonial discourse, i.e., as a strategic essentialist and transcultural hybrid discourse that accommodates and disrupts both the native Jewish (nationalistic and collaborative) and the Roman colonial discourses of power. This thesis shows that Mark accommodates itself into a strategic third space in-between the variegated native Jewish and the Roman colonial discourses in order to enunciate its own voice. As a mimetic, ambivalent and hybrid discourse it mimics and mocks, accommodates and disrupts both the native essentialist and collaborative as well as the Roman colonial voices.

The portrait of Jesus in Mark, which I presume to be encoding also the portrait of a community, exhibits a colonial/ postcolonial conundrum which can neither be damned as pro- nor be praised as anti-colonial in nature. Instead the portrait of Jesus in Mark may be appreciated as a strategic essentialist and transcultural hybrid, in which the claims of difference and the desire for transculturality are both contradictorily present and visible.

In showing such a conundrumic portrait and invoking a complex discursive strategy Mark as the discourse of a subject community is not alone or unique in the Greco-Roman world. A number of discourses—historical, creative novelistic and apocalyptic— of the subject Greek and Jewish communities in the eastern Mediterranean under the imperium of Rome from the second century BCE to the end of the first century CE exhibit very similar postcolonial traits which one may add to be not far from the postcolonial traits of a number of postcolonial creative writings and cultural discourses of the colonial subject and the dominated post-colonial communities of our time.

M. Phil. Dissertation: ‘The Salvific Suffering Motif in Mark: A New Historicist Investigation into the Politics of Exegesis’ (Coventry University via Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, 1998)

Internal Examiners: Dr. David Wenham and Prof. Christopher Rowland (Oxford). External Examiners: Dr. John Noland (Bristol) and Dr. Mark Goodacre (Birmingham)

This is a discourse analysis on the salvific suffering motif in Mark in mainstream critical exegesis (of the first world) and the recent liberation exegesis (mainly of the third world), including examples of popular readings from Indian Christian communities. This work evaluates whether the liberationist readings are reductionist in giving Mark a socio-economic, religio-political slant or the predominantly spiritual salvation perspective forwarded by most western exegetes reflects more accurately the meaning of the text.

M. Th.  Dissertation: ‘Suffering Son of Man in Mark’s Gospel: A Study in Markan Soteriology’ (United Theological College, Bangalore, March 1992).

This work on the one hand explores the possible sources of Mark in formulating the unique suffering Son of Man tradition and on the other sheds light on the Markan creative theological and literary craftsmanship in mining different elements from the earlier traditions and assembling them together in order to speak creatively to the critical needs of his community.

 

Teaching Experience:

2002 — to the present, Professor, New Testament Studies and Christian Origins and Principal, Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. [affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University) and Asia Theological Association].

1999-2002 Visiting Lecturer, Cliff College, Calvar, Nr. Sheffield, UK

1992-1995, Senior Lecturer, New Testament Studies, Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

1988-1990, Lecturer, New Testament Studies and Indian Religions, Church on the Rock Theological College, Vizakapatanam, Andra Pradesh, India

1984-1985 Teacher, History, Tuinem English School, Tuinem Village, Ukrul district, Manipur state, India.

1980-1982, Lecturer, Ancient Indian History and Culture, St. Thomas Parallel College, Kozhenchery, Kerala, India.

Positions:

Principal:Luther W. New Jr. Theological College, Dehradun, India (2004 to the present)

Chief Editor: Doon Theological Journal, Published from New Theological College, Dehradun, India. (1994 to the present)

Member:Working Committee of the Academic Council of the Senate of Serampore College (University) representing BD studies from 2007-2010 and MTh studies from 2010-2013.

Member: Board of Theological Studies of the Senate of Serampore College (2004 to the present)

Academic Dean: Nav Jyoti Postgraduate and Research Center (NJPGRC), New Delhi 2011-2014. (A Federated Faculty of New Theological College, Dehradun, Dharma Jyoti Vidya Peet, Faridabad and Center for Dalit and Subaltern Studies, New Delhi affiliated to the Senate of Serampore College (University)

Board Member: Christian Evangelistic Assemblies and Bharat Susamachar Samiti

 

Paper Presentations, Seminars and Consultations

2012    ‘Asian Theological Education: Assessing Activities in Light of God’s Calling’ will be presented at the Institute of Excellence, Overseas Council International, on 31 October 2012, Kathmandu, Nepal.

2011    ‘Two Novels and a Sacred Story: Re-Imagining the Symbolic Universe and Meaning System of the Marginalia’, paper presented at the Center for Dalit/Subaltern Studies, New Delhi (November 2011)

2011    ‘MTh Curriculum Revision: A Concept Paper’ presented to the Academic Council of the Senate of Serampore College, October 2011

2010    ‘The Poetics and Politics of Pauline Identity: Wrestling with an Ancestor to Articulate our Identity as ‘Indians’ and ‘Christians’, paper submitted at the First SAICS Annual Consultation (November 9-12, 2010)

2008 SBL Annual Conference, Boston. Program Unit Type: Section, The Ancient Fiction, Early Jewish and Christian Narrative’ (SBL 23-53), Paper title: ‘Postclassical Greek Novels as Postcolonial Novels: Reading Chariton’s ‘Chaereas and Callirhoe’ as a Postcolonial Novel’ (23 November 2008).

2008 ‘Passing the Baton: Leadership Succession’ at the Overseas Council International, Institute on Excellence in Christian Leadership, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, 3-7 November.

2008 Seminars on ‘I Corinthians’ for Master of Theology (NT) degree students, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune (January 2008)

2007 ‘Mission Amidst Affluence and Affliction’ Paper presented in the Mission Conference at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore (October 2007)

2007 “Reading the Postcolonial Creative Discourses: Towards Modeling a Strategic Postcolonial Theology of/for the Marginalia”, read in a combined Faculty Seminar, New Theological College, Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Doon Bible College at Dehradun (October 2007).

2006 ‘The Mission Perspectives of the Early Christians’, JP Alter Memorial Lecture, Rajpur Retreat and Study Center, Rajpur Dehradun, 14 October 2006.

2005 ‘The Early Christian Mission Practice’, at Center for Mission Studies International Consultation on the Theory and Praxis of Mission, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

2003 “A Postcolonial Historiography: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Reading the Discourses of a Colonial Subject Community” read in a combined Faculty Seminar, New Theological College, Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Doon Bible College at Dehradun in October 2003.

2002 Lausanne-Manchester-Sheffield Conference on Historiography at Sheffield, UK, 2002. Paper title: ‘A Postcolonial Historiography: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Reading the Discourses of a Colonial Subject Community’.

2001 SBL Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado (S18-14) ‘The Beginning of Mark: A Colonial/ Postcolonial Conundrum’, Programme Unit: Consultation--‘New Testament Studies and Postcolonial Studies’.

2000 British New Testament Conference, Roehampton Institute, London, Paper title: ‘Postcolonialism as a Critical Practice in Biblical Studies’, Seminar 1, Hermeneutics.

2000 Center for the Study of Early Christianity in the Greco-Roman World, Department of Biblical Studies, The University of Sheffield, Paper title “Exploring the Postcoloniality of Chariton’s Chaereas and Callirhoe”.

1999 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies, Department of Biblical Studies, The University of Sheffield, Paper title ‘Postcolonial Studies in New Testament Studies’.

 

Books Published

2012    And They Crucified Him: A Postcolonial Reading of the Story of Jesus, Dehradun: Thadathil, 2012

2008 Remapping Mission Discourse: A Festschrift in Honour of the Rev. George Kuruvila Chavanikamannil (eds. Simon Samuel and PV. Joseph) Dehradun: NTC Publications/ ISPCK, 2008.

2007 A Postcolonial Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus, London, New York: T & T Clark, 2007

 

Paper Publications

2012    ‘The Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements and their Commitments to the Social Demands of the Gospel’ in Rethinking Theology in India for the 21st Century (eds.), James Massey & T.K. John, SJ., (New Delhi: Manohar, 2012). Also published in Doon Theological Journal 9.2 (2012) 214-246.

2012    ‘Two Novels and a Sacred Story: Re-Imagining the Symbolic Universe and Meaning System of the Marginalia’, in a forthcoming book Theology for a New Community: Symbolic Universe and Meaning Systems: A Probe into Dalit Consciousness (eds.) TK John, SJ and James Massey, (New Delhi: Center for Dalit/ Subaltern Studies, 2012)

2012    ‘Our Beginnings in NTC’s Beginnings: A Family Story Intertwined with an Institution’s (Hi)story’ in Beginnings, Dehradun: NTC Publications, pp. 17-24.

2011    ‘The Poetics and Politics of Pauline Identity: Wrestling with an Ancestor to Articulate our Identity as ‘Indians’ and ‘Christians’ in Indian and Christian: Changing Identities in Modern India, eds., C. Bennema and P.J. Bhakiaraj, Bangalore: SAICS Press, 2011, pp. 38-58.

2008 “Reading Postcolonial Creative Discourses: Towards Modeling a Strategic Postcolonial Theology of/for the Marginalia”, Doon Theological Journal 5.2, September 2008, pp. 165-182.

2008 “Mission Amidst Affluence and Affliction: Remapping the Mission Discourse” in S. Samuel and PV Joseph (eds.) Remapping Mission Discourse: A Festschrift in Honour of the Rev. George Kuruvila Chavanikamannil, Dehradun: NTC Publications/ ISPCK, 2008, pp. 160-84.

2008 “The Acts of Philip and the Tinej A)ndrej (certain men) of Cyprus and Cyrene in Acts of the Apostles” in S. Samuel and PV Joseph (eds.) Remapping the Mission Discourse: A Festschrift in Honour of the Rev. George Kuruvila Chavanikamannil, Dehradun: NTC Publications/ISPCK, 2008, pp. 42-71.

2007 “Mission Practice: The Early Christian Perspectives”, Doon Theological Journal 4.1, 2007, pp. 5-21.

2006 “Postcolonialism as a Critical Practice in Biblical Studies”, Part II, Doon Theological Journal, 3.1, 2006, pp. 5-10.

2005 “Postcolonialism as a Critical Practice in Biblical Studies”, Part I, Doon Theological Journal, 2:2 2005, pp. 97-119.

2005 “The Beginning of Mark (Mk. 1:1): A Postcolonial Reading” Doon Theological Journal, 2:1, 2005, pp. 39-52.

2004 “A Postcolonial Historiography: Toward a Postcolonial Approach to Reading the Discourses of a Colonial Subject Community” Doon Theological Journal 1:1 2004, pp. 5-19.

2002 “The Beginning of Mark: A Colonial/ Postcolonial Conundrum” Biblical Interpretation 10:2, 2002, pp. 405-419.

1995 “The Kairos of the Galilaioi: An Indian Liberationist Reading of John 1-7”, Jeevadhara xxv: 146, 1995, pp.149-60. Also Indian Journal of Theology 37:1, 1995, pp. 88-97.

 

 

Book Reviews

 

2008  Glen Warren Bowersock, Peter Brown and Oleg Grabar (eds.),  Later Antiquity: A Guide to the Postclassical World, Cambridge: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999, pp. 1-780 in Doon Theological Journal 5.2, pp. 233-235.

2008  Jo-Ann A. Brant, Charles W. Hedrick and Chris Shea (eds.), Ancient Fiction: The Matrix of Early Christian and Jewish Narrative, SBL Symposium Series No. 32, Leiden, Boson: Brill, 2005, pp. 1-372 in Doon Theological Journal 5.2, 2008, pp. 231-233

2006 Stephen Moore and Fernando Segovia (eds.), Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: Interdisciplinary Intersections, London: T & T Clark International, 2005, pp. vi-206 in Doon Theological Journal 3:2, 2006.

2005 Cohn-Sherbok, Dan & John M. Court (eds.), Religious Diversity in the Graeco-Roman World: A Survey of Recent Scholarship, Sheffield: SAP, 2001, pp. 1-237 in Doon Theological Journal 2:2, 2005

2005 Peder Borgen, Early Christianity and Hellenistic Judaism, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1998 (1996), pp. vii—376 in Doon Theological Journal 2:1, 2005.

2005 Markus Bockmuehl, Jewish Law in Gentile Churches: Halakhah and the Beginning of Christian Public Ethics, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003 (T & T Clark, 2000), pp. v — 314in Doon Theological Journal 2:1, 2005.

2004 George W.E. Nickelsburg, Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins: Diversity, Continuity, and Transformation, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003, pp. vii-264 in Doon Theological Journal 1:2, 2004, pp. 190-193

2003 N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God vol. 3), Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003, pp. xv-817 in Doon Theological Journal 1:1, 2003, pp. 93-95

2003 L.W. Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity, Cambridge: WB Eerdmans, 2003, pp. vii—746 in Doon Theological Journal 1:1, 2003, pp. 95-96.

1994 Robert H. Gundry, Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross, Grand Rapids: Wm.B. Eerdmans, 1993, in Indian Journal of Theology 36:1, 1994, pp. 126-128.

 

Professional Membership:

 

  • ·      Society of Biblical Literature (SBL No. SS 259890)
  • ·      Working Committee of the Academic Council, Senate of Serampore College (University)
  • ·      Board of Theological Education, Senate of Serampore College (University)
  • ·      Board of Studies (New Testament), Senate of Serampore College (University)

 

References:

 

Rev. Dr. George Chavanikamannil, Founder, New Theological College, Dehradun This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rev. Dr. Ravi Tiwari, Registrar, Senate of Serampore College, Serampore PO, Hooghly Dist. West Bengal, India. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rev. Dr. Loveday Alexander, Professor of Classics and New Testament Studies, The University of Sheffield, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dr. R. S. Sugirtharajah, Professor New Testament Studies, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham, England, UK, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Stephen Moore, The Theological School, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 07940 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel. 973.408.3313

Prof. Jacob Thomas, Prof. Theology and Ethics, Belfast Bible College, Northern Ireland, UK This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Personal Details

Date of Birth               : 12 November 1957

Nationality                  : Indian (Kerala State)

Permanent Address     : Thadathil House, Kidanguannur PO, Pathanamthitta Dist. Kerala                                         State, India, Pin. 689514

Marital Status              : Married

Spouse’s Name           : Mrs. Rajamma Simon (Mercy Simon)

Qualification               : B Sc Nursing (University of Sheffield, 2002)

Spouse’s Profession    : Staff Nurse (worked in NHS, England as RN from 1997-2002)

Children                      : Abhishek Samuel (13 years), Helen Elizabeth Samuel (6 years)

Church Membership    : Christian Evangelistic Assemblies, India.

 

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