Christopher Grant Foster, Ph.D. ‘Communal Participation in the Spirit: the Corinthian Correspondence in Light of early Jewish Mysticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls’ (NTC), 2013.
Chris completed his Ph.D. thesis in 2013 on ‘Communal Participation in the Spirit: the Corinthians Correspondence in Light of early Jewish Mysticism in the Dead Sea Scrolls.’ This comparative study illuminates through differences and similarities how Paul advocates a mystical and communal participation in the spirit. Besides revising for publication, his research interests include worship practice, community formation, and religious experience and perception in early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism.
Chris has a BA in History from Truman State University and a Mdiv from Oral Roberts University. Before moving to Manchester, UK, to pursue a MA in Theology in 2008, he served for five years on staff at Family Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to being a visiting lecturer at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, Chris also served as the postgraduate assistant to the Biblical Studies Department and to the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. Chris now resides with his family back in the US where he teaches for Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Southwestern Christian University, and Oral Roberts University, and holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and Wesleyan Theological Society.