Andrew Davies

Colleges, School and Institutes


I am fundamentally a biblical scholar who works on the reception history of the Bible, particularly its handling by Pentecostals and Evangelicals throughout the world today and its interpretation in the arts, particularly music. My PhD, in the field of biblical ethics, provoked my interest in literary-critical approaches to the Hebrew Bible (particularly in the use of a resistant reader-response methodology for reading biblical texts), and in the use of the Bible as a moral resource. However, both these concerns have encouraged my broader fascination with the role and function of the Bible and religion in general in today’s world, their relevance for people of all faiths and none, and their cultural, social and political significance. I'm really interested at the moment in why people think religion and sacred texts are so important to them in making lifestyle choices and how faith commitments impact our interactions with and contributions to society and the public and political spheres. 

I joined the University of Birmingham in January 2010, after ten years of working in the theological college sector, the last five of them as Vice Principal. I now serve as Head of Education for the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion and Director of the Edward Cadbury Centre.

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Contemporary (especially cultural-critical and postmodern literary) approaches to biblical interpretation and hermeneutics
  • Biblical ethics and particularly the theology of social justice
  • Pentecostal and Evangelical approaches to the Bible
  • Religion and Culture, particularly the public understanding of religion and its impact upon areas of social and public policy
  • Global freedom of religion or belief and the Bible and human rights


  • BD(Hons) in Divinity, University of London (1992)
  • MA in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield (1994)
  • PhD in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield (1998)

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Sheffield University

    Double Standards in the Book of Isaiah

    1 Oct 1994 - 30 Sep 1998
  • Master of Arts, Sheffield University

    Biblical Studies

    1 Oct 1992 - 1 Jun 1994
  • Bachelor of Divinity, University of London


    1 Oct 1988 - 1 Jun 1992

Professional Qualifications

  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management, MInstLM

    1 Jun 2018 -
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, PFHEA

    1 Apr 2018 -
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, FRSA

    1 Jun 2016 -

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I would be interested in talking to potential research students who would like to work in any of the following fields:

The use of the the Bible in the Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions
Cultural-critical approaches to the Bible
Pentecostal music and worship
Biblical ethics
Hebrew Bible generally, particularly the prophetic books
The public understanding of religion
Religion and social/public/foreign policy
Global freedom of religion or belief