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Rev Professor W Gordon Campbell

Biblical Studies Department

Rev Professor W Gordon Campbell


Professor of New Testament
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Gordon took up his current role at Union in 2007. Since 2010 he has been Assistant Director (undergraduate affairs) of the Institute of Theology, Queen’s University, while in Union Gordon oversees the student experience, including Erasmus and Study Abroad opportunities: he was privileged to inaugurate the Erasmus partner relationship between Union and the Theologische Universiteit Kampen, in the Netherlands. He is adviser of studies for all UG students, lead personal tutor and also staff reference person for mentoring and the general support of students.

Gordon was a modern languages teacher in the 1980s. Then, following theological studies at Union, he was Assistant Minister in Ulsterville Presbyterian Church, Belfast (1986-89). He served in the Reformed Church of France, as Minister of Cognac and Segonzac Reformed Churches (1989-1994) and then Marseilles South-East Reformed Church (1995-97). From 1998 to 2005 he was Professor of New Testament at Faculté Jean Calvin in Aix-en-Provence, France, as well as vice-principal and then principal of the College: Gordon remains an Associate Professor at FJC and continues to help deliver its curriculum on an annual basis. He is also a visiting Professor of New Testament at Baltic Reformed Theological Seminary in Riga, Latvia.

Gordon favours approaches to Scripture which respect the integrity of texts and which also investigate their contribution to larger corpora and to the Canon as a whole. Gordon’s publications, reflecting various interests or commissions, include for example (1999) the motif of progress in the Pauline mission; (2002) covenant and family in New Testament perspective; (2003) the cult of the body and body of Christ in Corinth; (2004) the synoptic problem; (2006) death and resurrection; or Luke 1-2 and ancient historiography; (2010; 2016) the Jesus of Calvin's Gospels commentary; or the Pilgrim Leader and the pilgrims in Hebrews; (2017-18) Luther, the letter of James and ‘all Scripture’ (2 Tim 3.16).

Most of Gordon’s research, however, reflects his area of special expertise: the Book of Revelation. His PhD dissertation on Parody in the Apocalypse (2002) led to a full-blown thematic study of Revelation – the first of its kind – first published in French (2007), then later in English (Reading Revelation: A Thematic Approach, Cambs, Jas. Clarke, 2012). Other diverse contributions on Revelation include: (2001) story and interpretation; (2003) apocalypse and extermination; or true and false proclamation; (2004) feminine-urban imagery; covenant rupture and restoration; or rival identities; (2005) the royalty of God, the Lamb and his followers; (2006) perseverance of the saints; (2015) a reading of Revelation's violence; (2016) Revelation's implied worshipper; or the Book of Revelation and New Testament Theology. Current research (2017-18, all forthcoming) includes Luther, Revelation and the New Testament Canon; collaborative verbal and visual interpretation of Revelation in Luther’s September Testament (1522) and revised New Testament (1530); or the Spirit in the Book of Revelation.

Gordon is an elder in his local Church, where he has been involved in developing a five-year project in experimental all-age worship (2012-17). Gordon likes making and listening to music, exploring new places and meeting new people. He and his wife Sandra are parents to four young adults, currently living in Florida, Spain, N. Ireland and Nepal respectively.


Rev Professor W Gordon Campbell