Fergus King, DTh

Professor of New Testament Mission
Sociocultural Interpretation Specialist
International Experiences: Australia, Botswana, Caribbean, England, Kenya, Malawi, Scotland, South Africa, Tanzania, Venezuela, Zambia




  • Doctor of Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Master of Arts (Hons), Classical Studies, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Bachelor of Divinity (Hons) [MDiv equivalent], Edinburgh Theological College, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland

Doctoral Dissertation

  • More Than A Passover: Inculturation in the Supper Narratives of the New Testament


Academic Experiences

  • Farnham Maynard Lecturer in Ministry Education, Director of the Ministry Education Centre, Trinity College Theological School, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia
  • Honorary Fellow & Adjunct Faculty, University of Divinity, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Conjoint Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Conjoint Lecturer, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Tutor, New Testament & Greek, St. Mark's Anglican Theological College, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Volunteer Teacher, Nyamathumbi Harambee High School, Thiki, Kenya

Teaching Specializations

  • New Testament Studies
  • Greek Language and Literature
  • Missiology
  • Church History

Ministry & Professional Experiences

Pastoral & Chaplain Ministry

  • Rector, Parish of the Good Shepherd, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Co-ordinating Chaplain for Anglican Ministry, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Area Dean, Newcastle deanery, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Hon Curate, William Temple Church, Abbey Wood (Southwark), London, England
  • Honorary Canon & Canon Theologian, Anglican Diocese of Tanga, Tanzania
  • Honorary Chaplain, Missions to Seafarers, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • NSM Assistant Priest, St. Peter & Paul's, Mwenge, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Non-stipendiary Priest in Charge, St Matthew's, Mikocheni, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Curate, St. John's Cathedral, Oban, Scotland

International Mission Activities and Experience

  • Regional Desk Officer: Central Africa & Tanzania, United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), London, England
  • International Encounter & Partnership Officer, United Society Partners in the Gospel (USPG), London, England
  • Training for Missionary Work, College of The Ascension, Birmingham, UK



Authored Books

  • More Than A Passover: Inculturation in the Supper Narratives of the New Testament, Volume 3 in New Testament Studies in Contextual Exegesis ( eds. J. Bueller, T. Schmeller & W. Kahl), Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2007.
  • Opening the Scroll: An Introductory Commentary on the Revelation of John, Köln: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009. [ The English text, slightly revised, of Mwongozo wa Ufunuo wa Yohana]
  • A Guide to St John’s Gospel, London: SPCK, 2015.
  • Mwongozo wa Ufunuo wa Yohana (tr.: A Commentary of the Revelation of John), Dodoma: Central Tanganyika Press, 2000.

Peer-reviewed Journal & Dictionary Articles

  • “Je, Lazima Ubatizo Uwe Ktk Maji Mengi?” (tr.: Baptism: Must It Be By Immersion?), Jarida la Kichungaji, 3.3 (1996), 105-110.
  • “WaKristo Na Serikali Mbovu” (tr: Christians & Bad Government), Jarida la Kichungaji, 4.3 (1997), 103-7.
  • “Lorimer, W.L.” in N. Cameron et al., Dictionary Of Scottish Church History & Theology, Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1993.
  • “The Chreia: Return Of The Form-Critic”, Africa Theology Journal, 22/2 (1993), 76-90.
  • “Angels And Ancestors: A Basis For Christology?”, Mission Studies, XI-1 (21) (1994), 10-26.
  • “Eating In Corinth: Full Meal Or Token Meal?”, Irish Biblical Studies, 19 (1997), 161-173.
  • “St Paul & Culture”, Mission Studies, 27-28 (1997)
  • “Across The Great Divide: Higher Criticism, The Writers Of The New Testament And African Biblical Interpretation”, Mission Studies, XV-2, 30 (1998), 13-28.
  • “How The Bible Says? Reflections On The Bible, Culture & Reading”, Thinking Mission, January 1999, London: USPG.
  • “Inculturation And The Book of Revelation”, Mission Studies, XVIII-1,35 (2001), pp24-41
  • “Making Disciples: Four Missionary Movements”, Thinking Mission 2002:3,19-25
  • "Theological Education and Mission", Mission Studies, XIX-2,38, 2002, 77-89
  • “Travesty or Taboo: “Drinking Blood” and Revelation 17:2-6”, Neotestamentica 38.2, 2004, 303-25.
  • “De Baptista Nil Nisi Bonum: John the Baptist as Paradigm for Mission”. Mission Studies 26 (2009), 173-91.
  • “Mission-Shaped or Paul-Shaped?: Apostolic Challenges to the Mission –Shaped Church”. Journal of Anglican Studies 9/2 (2011), 223-46
  • “‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’: Re-tuning John O’Neill’s Theory of the Blasphemy Charge against Jesus”. Irish Biblical Studies 28/2 (2010), 52-77.
  • “ ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’: Reflections on Luke 23:34a, Kol Nidre and the Atonement”. Australian Journal of Jewish Studies XXIV (2010), 134-60.
  • “He Descended to the Dead: Towards a Pastoral Strategy for Making Peace with the Living Dead”, Soma: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses 2 (2012), 1-19.
  • “ ‘Pointing the Bone’: Sorcery Syndrome and Uncanny Death in Acts 5:1-11”, Irish Biblical Studies 30/1 (2012), 1-22
  • "Deep Change or Slow Death?: Johannine Critique & Ignatian Resolution," Compass 47/4 (2013), 22-29.
  • “In Hoc Signo: A Literary & Social Analysis of Constantine’s Dream”, St Mark’s Review 225 (2013), 16-26
  • “Lex Orandi, lex credendi: Worship and Doctrine in Revelation 4-5”, Scottish Journal of Theology 67 (2014), 33-49
  • “More Than a Vapid Sound: The Case for a Hermeneutic of Resonance”, Journal for Theology in Southern Africa 148 (2014), 83-98.
  • “Revelation 21:1-22:5: An Early Christian Locus Amoenus?”, Biblical Theology Bulletin 45/3 (2015), 174-83.
  • “‘Fencing the Altar’: Jesus, Judas and Eucharistic Discipline”, Compass 50 (2016), 30-38.
  • with Maimbo W. Mndolwa, “In Two Minds: African Experience and Preferment in UMCA and the Journey to Independence in Tanganyika”, Mission Studies 33 (2016), 327-51.
  • “Tragedy and Ethics: Responding to  the Crisis of Historic Sexual Abuse”, Anglican Theological Review, 99/3 (2017), 461-77.
  • "Pleasant Places in the Gospel according to John: A Classical Motif as Introit to Theological Awareness," Pacifica: Australasian Theological Studies, (forthcoming)

Chapters in Books

  • “[Untitled article on Romans 7:21-5]” in Balla, P. (ed.), Teacher, Scholar, Friend: An Unusual Festschrift In Honour Of John Cochrane O’Neill, Budapest: Karoli Gaspar University, 1996, 26-30.
  • “Nyimbo za Vijana: Biblical Interpretation in Contemporary Hymns from Tanzania” in West, G., and Dube, M.W., The Bible In Africa, Leiden: Brill, 2000, 360-73.
  • “There’s More to Meals Than Food: A Contextual Interpretation of Paul’s Understanding of the Corinthian Lord’s Supper” in Burns, S. and Monro, A (ed.s), Christian Worship In Australia, Strathfield: St Paul’s, 2009, 167-79.
  • “Ice-Cold in Alex: Philo’s treatment of the Divine Lover in Hellenistic Pedagogy”, in H. Tarrant and M. Johnson (ed.s) Alcibiades and the Socratic lover-Educator, London: Bristol Classical Press, 2012, 164-79.

Book Reviews

  • Wachege, P. N., Jesus Christ Our Muthamaki (Ideal Elder). TBR 10.1. and Mission Studies XVI-2 (32), 1999, 211-13.
  • Legrand, L., The Bible on Culture, in Mission Studies XVIII-1, 35 (2001), 217-18.
  • Kuster, V., The Many Faces of Christ in Mission Studies XVIII-2, 36 (2001), 172-73.
  • Gonzalez, J.L., Acts: The Gospel of the Spirit, in Mission Studies, XIX-2, 38 (2002), 184-86.
  • Gallagher, R.L., and Hertig, P., Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context, in Mission Studies, 21.2 (2004), 325-26.
  • Fotopoulos, J., Food Offered to Idols in Roman Corinth, in Mission Studies, 22.1 (2005), 169-70.
  • Magesa, L., Anatomy of Inculturation: Transforming the Church in Africa, in Mission Studies22.2 (2005), 351-52.
  • Jalland, P., Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth Century Australia: War, Medicine and the Funeral Business, in Australian Economic History Review 46 (2006)
  • Beale, G.K., The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God, in Mission Studies 23 (2006), 299-300.
  • Flemming, D.E., Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission, in Mission Studies 24/1 (2007), 138-39.
  • Kollman, P.V., The Evangelization of Slaves and Catholic Origins in East Africa, in Mission Studies 24/1 (2007), 142-43.
  • Avis, P., A Ministry Shaped by Mission, in Mission Studies 24/2 (2007), 347-48.
  • Adamo, D. (ed.), Biblical Interpretation in African Perspective, in Mission Studies 24/2 (2007), 353-54.
  • Hume, L., and McPhillips, K., Popular Spiritualities: The Politics of Contemporary Enchantment, in Mission Studies 25 (2008), 124-25.
  • Barz, G.F., Performing Religion: Negotiating Past and Present in Kwaya Music of Tanzania, in The Journal of World Christianity, 1:1 (2008), 204-06.
  • Tarrant, I., Anglican Swahili prayer Books: Tanzania (1995) and Congo (1998), in Mission Studies 25.2 (2008), 282-83.
  • Brondos, D. A., Paul on the Cross: Reconstructing the Apostle’s Story of Redemption, in Mission Studies 25.2 (2008), 293-94.
  • van Gelder, C., The Ministry of the Missional Church: A Community led by the Spirit, in Mission Studies 26.1 (2009), 105-06.
  • Nürnberger, K., The Living Dead and the Living God: Christ and the Ancestors in a Changing Africa, in Mission Studies, 26.1 (2009), 119-20.
  • Brennan, P.J., The Mission Driven Parish in Mission Studies 26 (2009),255.
  • Oden, T., How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seed-bed of Western Christianity in Mission Studies 26 (2009), 258-59.
  • de Wit, H., and West, G.O., African and European Readers of the Bible in Dialogue: In Quest of a Shared Meaning in Mission Studies 27 (2010), 97-98.
  • Lingenfelter, S.G., Leading Cross-Culturally: Covenant Relationships for Effective Christian Leadership in Mission Studies 27 (2010), 108-09.
  • O’Collins, G., Jesus: A Portrait in Mission Studies 27 (2010), 112-13.
  • Spencer, S., SCM Studyguide to Christian Mission: Historic Types and Contemporary Expressions, in Mission Studies 27 (2010), 275-76.
  • Robert L. Gallacher and Paul Hertig, Landmark Essays in Mission and World Christianity, in Mission Studies 28 (2011), 120.
  • Diane B. Stinton, African Theology on the Way: Current Conversations, in Mission Studies 29 (2012), 122-23.
  • Craig Ott, Stephen J. Strauss and Timothy C. Tennent, Encountering theology of Mission: Biblical Foundations, Historical Developments and Contemporary Issues, in Mission Studies29 (2012), 127-28.
  • Darrell L. Bock and Mitch Glaser, To the Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History, in Mission Studies 29 (2012), 136-37
  • Anne F. Elvey, The Matter of the Text: Material Engagements between Luke and the Five Senses, in Colloquium 44/2 (2012), 278-80
  • David E. Aune and Frederick E. Brenk (eds), Greco-Roman Culture and the New Testament: Studies Commemorating the Centennial of the Pontifical Biblical Institute, in Colloquium 45.1 (2013), 91-93 (32)
  • Dyron B. Daughrity, Church History: Five Approaches to a Global Discipline, in Colloquium46/1 (2014), 119-21
  • Nigel Wright, Michael Kirby & William Countryman (eds), Five Uneasy Pieces: Essays on Scripture and Sexuality, in Colloquium 46/1 (2014), 132-34.
  • William Loader, The New Testament on Sexuality, in Colloquium 46/2, 262-63.
  • Murray J. Harris, Prepositions and Theology in the Greek New Testament: An Essential Reference Resource for Exegesis, in Colloquium 46/2, 277-79.
  • Rosemary Canavan, Clothing the Body of Christ at Colossae: A Visual Construction of Identity, in Colloquium 47/1, 162-63.
  • Warren Carter, Seven Events which Shaped the New Testament World, in Colloquium 47/1, 163-66
  • John A. Davies, Unless Someone Shows Me: English Grammar for Students of Biblical Languages, in Colloquium 47/2 (2015), 320-21.
  • Alistair C. Stewart, The Original Bishops: Office and Order in the First Christian Communities, in Colloquium 47/2 (2015), 321-22.
  • Constantine Campbell, Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study, in Colloquium 48/1 (2016), 103-04.
  • James D.G. Dunn, The Gospel Oral Tradition, in Colloquium 48/1, 104-06.
  • Carl Holladay et al., Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and early Christianity. Collected Essays 1959-2012 by Abraham J. Malherbe, in Colloquium 48/1, 106-08.
  • Sebastian A. Carnazzo, Seeing Blood and Water: A Narrative-Critical Study of John 19:34, in Colloquium 48/2, 234-36.
  • Francis J. Moloney, Love in the Gospel of John: An Exegetical, Theological and Literary Study, in Colloquium 48/2, 241-42.
  • Craig S. Keener et al., But These are Written: Essays on Johannine Literature in Honor of Professor Benny C. Aker, in Colloquium 48/2 (2016), 251-52.
  • Joseph Verheyden et al., Studies in the Gospel of John and its Christology: Festschrift Gilbert van Belle in Colloquium 49/1 (2017), 121-22.  

  • Sue Patterson, Word, Worlds and Word: How a Wittgensteinian Perspective on Metaphor-Making Reveals the Theo-Logic of Reality in Colloquium 49/1 (2017),119-21.



  • Cur Deus et Homo? Reflections on the Place of New Testament Studies in a Liberal Arts Faculty. Presented at the University of Newcastle GRIT Workshop on Religion, the Academy and the Public Sphere, Noah's On the Beach, Monday December 10, 2007.
  • "What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?": On the Absence of the Erotic in  the Pupil-Teacher Relationship in the Depiction of Platonism in Judaism and Early Christianity”. Presented at Socrates, Alcibiades, and the Divine Lover & Educator: A Research Conference revolving round the Platonic Alcibiades I. University of Newcastle, 4–6 December 2008.
  • 3 Bible Studies, Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, Diocesan Leaders’ Conference, May 2010
  • “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Worship and Doctrine in Revelation 4-5”presented at “Bounden to Say: The Book of Common Prayer Then and Now”, the 3rd St. Paul’s College Symposium, University of Sydney, 30th November 2011.
  • Diocese of Newcastle, Clergy Study Day, February 2012
  • “In Hoc Signo: A Literary and Social Analysis of Constantine's Dream” presented at “Christianity and the Prince: the Interweaving of Faith and Secular Power since Constantine”, the Fourth St Paul’s College Symposium, University of Sydney, 4th December 2012.
  • The Year of Matthew, St James Institute, Sydney, 17th November 2013
  • The Year of Mark, St James Institute , Sydney, 9th November 2014
  • The Year of Luke, St James Institute, Sydney, 1st November 2015.
  • 3 Bible Studies, Diocese of Newcastle, Diocesan Leaders Conference, August 2016.
  • “Tragedy & Ethics: Remembering the Human and the Divine in Times of Crisis”. Classics Seminar, University of Newcastle, October 2016

Academic & Professional Memberships

  • International Association for Mission Studies
  • Fellowship for Biblical Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Soietas Novi Testamenti Studiorum
  • Editorial Board, Soma: An International Journal of Theological Discourses and Counter-Discourses


  • Modern Languages
    • English, Native or Bilingual Proficiency Kiswahili, Advanced Proficiency
    • German, Reading Proficiency
  • Ancient Languages
    • Classical & Koine Greek, Advanced Reading Proficiency
    • Latin, Advanced Reading Proficiency