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Kent Brower

Kent Brower BSL, MA, PhD (Manchester)

Vice Principal, Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Email: kbrower@nazarene.ac.uk

My passion for global theological education is expressed through extensive work with the International Board of Education.

I first worked at BINC (now NTC) in 1973 while a research student under supervision of F. F. Bruce. After nine years at CNC (now Ambrose University College, Calgary), I returned in 1988 as Dean and Lecturer in Biblical Studies. My PhD thesis, entitled The Old Testament in the Markan Passion Narrative, indicates long-standing interest in narrative and intertextual readings. Six students have successfully defended PhD theses under my supervision; seven are currently working on aspects of Pauline and Gospels studies. As a member of the Tyndale Fellowship I have served as Secretary to the New Testament Study Group. My passion for global theological education is expressed through extensive work with the International Board of Education.I have also taught in ten countries outside the UK.

I am an active lay-person in Longsight Church of the Nazarene. Social justice issues, especially asylum and immigration, are important to me. My wife Francine is a specialist in autistic spectrum disorder. Coming from a farming background I continue to be fascinated by all things agricultural; sport, especially football and cricket, is a significant interest outside the academic world.

Current projects include section editor and writer for the New Beacon Bible Commentary, editorial committee member and contributor to the Global Dictionary of Wesleyan Theology, committee of reference for Didache, and Aldersgate Papers, and co-chair of the programme committee for the denomination’s 2012 Global Theology Conference in Nairobi.

In addition to book reviews and dictionary articles, recent publications include:

  • Living as God’s Holy People: Holiness and Community in Paul. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2010.
  • ‘Who Then is This?’ – Christological Questions in Mark 4:35-5:43 Evangelical Quarterly 81 (2009):291-305.
  • ‘We are able’: Cross-bearing Discipleship and the Way of the Lord in Mark. Horizons in Biblical Theology 29 (2007): 177-201.
  • Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament. Ed. Kent Brower and Andy Johnson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Mark: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, 2012)
  • Joint editor of the Global Dictionary of Wesleyan Theology (Beacon Hill Press, Kansas City, 2013).