My area of research focusses on the use of the social sciences and cognitive sciences in New Testament Interpretation. My research is driven by the question of how best to make sense of the New Testament, a book of great significance to Western Culture yet often perplexing. Our cognitive habits, enculturated ways of speaking, value systems, customs, and world views are noticeably different from the ancient ones. We must not assume that our political and economic systems functioned in similar fashion to the systems in Greco-Roman antiquity. I, therefore, rely on the interpretive models of the social sciences, particularly cultural anthropology and ethnographical studies of non-western, traditional cultures, to bridge the gap between these two worlds. I have published extensively on issues of honour and shame, gender and sexuality, ecstatic states and possession, and clothing and adornment (The Social Sciences and Biblical Translation, 2008/Understanding the Social World of the New Testament, 2012). I am currently writing a book on Mark and Mockery in the Greco-Roman World under contract with T & T Clark. I am also fascinated by what the cognitive sciences have to offer by way of understanding the universal human propensity to imagine after-life realities, or resurrection bodies, or other-worldly journeys, or unimaginable torture in hell for the wicked,or bodies unconstrained by the laws of nature. For example, the story of Jesus walking on water retains some of the physical features we attach to a body in locomotion on land but also violates basic intuitive physics when it does so on water (Matt 14:25). The insights gained by neurobiology and neuroanthropology help us to give account of the persistance of such beliefs in the New Testament. Our department is a single unit with three-interdisciplinary streams, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, working together collectively, collaboratively, and cooperatively to give you a transformative research experience. Join with me and our department for an interdisciplinary-learning experience you will not forget.