I am Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at Liverpool Hope University and an honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Manchester and at the Faculty of Theology and Biblical Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). Following my undergraduate studies at Warsaw University (Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities, with specialism in early Christian literature), I completed my MA, PhD, as well as canonical degrees (STB, STL, and STD) at the Faculty of Theology at KU Leuven. At Liverpool Hope University I am involved in teaching both at undergraduate (Ancient Religion; Biblical Studies; Biblical Greek) and postgraduate levels (Pauline Literature and Acts of the Apostles; Biblical Hermeneutics in a Pastoral Context; World of Early Christianity). I also regularly organise field trips, including longer international study tours to countries such as Greece or Turkey.
My research has thus far revolved mainly around the New Testament and other early Christian writings, with a particular focus on various issues in the Pauline letters, especially the Corinthian correspondence. In my doctoral dissertation, to be published by Brill, I examined the metaphor of scent in 2 Cor 2:14-17, where St. Paul employs a multifaceted olfactory imagery to express his apostolic calling to proclaim the gospel. My expertise and research interests include also Biblical Greek; the significance of material evidence for the interpretation of the New Testament, especially Greek epigraphy; emotions, sense perception and sense imagery in ancient Jewish and Christian literature; the Septuagint and the cultural world of its translators; New Testament textual criticism; the history of reception of select biblical passages; the role of women and masculinity in Early Christian discourse; biblical hermeneutics; and disability in the Bible and the ancient world.
I have published a number of articles in peer reviewed international journals and edited volumes, and I serve on the editorial board for the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. In addition, I am actively involved in the governance of several scholarly societies, which includes my current role of the Executive Officer of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the Committee member of the British New Testament Society (BNTS). I also serve on the Status of Women in the Profession Committee of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), I am a founder and co-chair of the EABS Emotions and the Biblical World research group, a co-founder and a co-chair of the SBL “Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making” Seminar, a member of the steering committee of the SBL “Senses and Culture in the Biblical World” Section, and a co-chair of the BNTS Early Christianity Seminar.
“’… the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins’: The Early Christian ‘Dying for’ Formula, Suffering, and the Eucharist in IgnSm 7:1,” in J. Verheyden, R. Bieringer, J. Schröter & I. Jäger (eds.), Docetism in the Early Church: The Quest for an Elusive Phenomenon (WUNT 402), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018, pp. 197-215.
“Text Critical Approaches: New Testament,” in Julia M. O'Brien (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
“Fellow Athletes or Fellow Soldiers? συναθλέω in Phil. 1.27 and 4.3,” in Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39.3 (2017) 279–303.
(Co-authored with Reimund Bieringer) “The Corinthian καιναὶ κτίσεις? 2 Cor 5:17 and the Roman Re-Foundation of Corinth,” in Alan H. Cadwallader (ed.), Stones, Bones and the Sacred: Essays on Material Culture and Ancient Religion in Honor of Dennis E. Smith, Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2016, pp. 195-220.
(Co-edited with Françoise Mirguet) Emotions in Ancient Jewish Literature, special issue of Biblical Interpretation 24 (2016).
“The Scent of (Mediated) Revelation? Some Remarks on Use of φανερόω with a Particular Focus on 2 Corinthians,” in R. Bieringer, M. Ibita, D. Kurek-Chomycz & T. Vollmer (eds.), Theologizing in the Corinthian Conflict: Studies in Exegesis and Theology of 2 Corinthians (Biblical Tools and Studies 16), Leuven: Peeters, 2013, pp. 69-107.
“Performing the Passion, Embodying Proclamation: The Story of Jesus’ Passion in the Pauline Letters?,” in Ch. Karakolis, K.-W. Niebuhr & S. Rogalsky (eds.), Gospel Images of Jesus Christ in Church Tradition and in Biblical Scholarship (WUNT 288), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012, pp. 373-402.
“‘Always Carrying the Dying of Jesus in the Body’ (2 Cor 4,10). Apostolic Suffering as Participation in the Dying and the Life of Jesus, and as an Epiphany of God’s Power,” in T. Merrigan & F. Glorieux (eds.), “Godhead Here in Hiding”: Incarnation and the History of Human Suffering (BETL 234), Leuven: Peeters, 2012, pp. 267-280.
“Spreading the Sweet Scent of the Gospel as the Cult of the Wise: On the Backdrop of the Olfactory Metaphor in 2 Cor 2:14-16,” in C.A. Eberhart (ed.), Ritual and Metaphor: Sacrifice in the Bible (Resources for Biblical Study), Atlanta, GA: SBL Publishers, 2011, 115-133.
“The Fragrance of Her Perfume: The Significance of Sense Imagery in John’s Account of the Anointing in Bethany,” in Novum Testamentum 52 (2010) 334-354.
“Scenting the Aroma of Christ: 2 Cor. 2:15-16 in Origen’s Interpretation,” in J. Baun, A. Cameron, M. Edwards & M. Vinzent (eds.), Studia Patristica. Papers presented at the Fifteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2007, Vol. XLIV, Leuven-Paris-Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2010, pp. 275-279.
“The Sweet Scent of the Gospel in the Didache and in Second Corinthians: Some Comments on Two Recent Interpretations of the Stinoufi Prayer in the Coptic Did. 10.8,” in Vigiliae Christianae 63 (2009) 323-344.
(Co-authored with Reimund Bieringer & Emmanuel Nathan) 2 Corinthians: A Bibliography (Biblical Tools and Studies 5), Leuven: Peeters, 2008.
(Co-authored with Reimund Bieringer) “Guardians of the Old at the Dawn of the New. The Role of Angels According to the Pauline Letters,” in F. Reiterer, T. Nicklas & K. Schöpflin (eds.), Angels. The Concept of Celestial Beings – Origins, Development and Reception (Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook 2007), Berlin-New York: de Gruyter, 2007, pp. 325-355.
“Sincerity and Chastity for Christ: A Textual Problem in 2 Cor. 11:3 Reconsidered,” in Novum Testamentum 49 (2007) 54-84.
“Whose Control Over Whose Will? 1 Cor 7:36-38 in Patristic Exegesis,” in F. Young, M. Edwards & P. Parvis (eds.), Studia Patristica. Papers presented at the Fourteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2003, Vol. XXXIX: Historica, Biblica, Ascetica et Hagiographica, Leuven-Paris-Dudley, MA: Peeters, 2006, pp. 245-252.
“Is There an ‘Anti-Priscan’ Tendency in the Manuscripts? Some Textual Problems with Prisca and Aquila,” in Journal of Biblical Literature 125 (2006) 107-128.