Dr Larry Kreitzer



The Revd Dr Larry Kreitzer

Tutorial Fellow in New Testament and Tutor for Graduates

Research Interests:
Pauline studies, particularly the relationship between christology and eschatology; Jewish apocalyptic literature; the apocalypse of John; numismatic research as applied to New Testament studies; the New Testament & modern literature and film; the Corinthian Correspondence; the Epistle to the Ephesians; 17th-century Baptists in Oxford and London.

General Interests:
Dr. Kreitzer is a Fellow at Regent’s  Park  College  where he has been based since 1986; he is also the Tutor for Graduate  Admissions at the college. In addition, Dr. Kreitzer holds a Research  Lectureship within the Faculty of Theology. He is a member of the  Society of New Testament Studies and served on the Editorial Board for  the Journal for the Study of the New Testament from 1998-2012. He is  married to Dr. Deborah W. Rooke, a Tutor of Old Testament who is an  Associate Member of the Theology Faculty.



  • 2 Corinthians  (New Testament Guides; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996, 2001, 2008).
  • Striking New Images: Roman Imperial Coinage and the New Testament World  (JSNTSuppS #134; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996).
  • The Epistle to the Ephesians  (Epworth Commentaries; London: Epworth Press, 1997).
  • Pauline Images in Fiction and Film  (The Biblical Seminar #61; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999).
  • The Dreaming Spires Version of Paul’s Letters (Codex Oxoniensis)  (Oxford: Alden Press, 2002).
  • Gospel Images in Fiction and Film  (The Biblical Seminar #84; Continuum/Sheffield:  Sheffield  Academic Press, 2002).
  • William Kiffin: The Portrait of 1667 at Regent’s  Park  College,  Oxford  (The Centre for Baptist History and Heritage: Regent’s  Park  College,  Oxford, 2006).
  • ‘Seditious Sectaryes’: The Baptist Conventiclers of  Oxford, 1641-1691  (Studies in Baptist History and Thought #30.1 and 30.2; Paternoster Press:  Milton Keynes, 2006).
  • Hierapolis  in the Heavens: Studies in the Letter to the Ephesians  (Journal of New Testament Studies #368; T & T Clark International:  London, 2007).
  • Philemon  (Readings;  Sheffield  Academic Press, 2008).
  • William Kiffen and His World (Part One)  (Resourcing Baptists History: Seventeenth Century Series Volume 1; Regent’s  Park  College:  Oxford, 2010).
  • William Kiffen and His World (Part Two)  (Resourcing Baptists History: Seventeenth Century Series Volume 2; Regent’s  Park  College:  Oxford, 2012).


  • ‘The Power of the Cross of Christ: Pauline Theology and Bram Stoker’s Dracula,’ in T. Tippin and G. Aichele (eds.)  The Monstrous and the Unspeakable: The Bible as Fantastic Literature  (Playing the Texts #1; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997): 181-219.
  • ‘”Crude Language” and ”Shameful Things Done in Secret” (Ephesians 5:4, 12): Allusions to the Cult of Demeter/Cybele in  Hierapolis,’  Journal for the Study of the  New Testament  71 (1998): 51-77.
  • ‘”When He at Last is First!”: Philippians 2:9-11 and the Exaltation of the Lord,’ in R.P. Martin and B.J. Dodd (eds.)  Where Christology Began: Essays on Philippians 2  (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1998): 111-127.
  • ‘The Plutonium of  Hierapolis: A Geographical Solution for the Puzzle of Ephesians 4:8-9?,’ in R. Dvořakova and J. Mrázek (eds.)  EPI AUTO: Essays in Honour of Petr  Pokorny  (Biblical Institute: Charles University, Prague, 1998): 218-233.
  • ‘The  Temple  Incident  of John 2:13-25: A Preview of What is to Come,’ in C. Rowland and C.H.T. Fletcher-Louis (eds.)  Understanding, Studying, and  Reading:  Essays in Honour of John Ashton  (JSNTSuppS #153; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998): 93-101.
  • ‘The Plutonium of  Hierapolis  and the Descent of Christ into the ”Lowermost Parts of the Earth” (Ephesians 4,9),’  Biblica  79 (1998): 381-393 + Plates I and II.
  • ‘Boarding the Eschatological  Ark  of God: Noah/Deucalion and the ”Phrygian Connection” in 1 Peter 3:19-22,’ in A.R. Cross and S.E. Porter (eds.)  Baptism, the New Testament and the Church: Historical and Contemporary Studies in Honour of  R.E.O. White  (JSNTSuppS #171; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999): 228-272.
  • ‘Suffering, Sacrifice and Redemption: Biblical Imagery in Star Trek,’ in J.E. Porter and D.L. McClaren (eds.)  Star Trek and Sacred Ground: Explorations of Star Trek, Religion, and American Culture  (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999): 139-163.
  • ‘”Revealingthe Affairs of the Heart”: Sin, Accusation and Confession in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter,’ in L.J. Kreitzer and Deborah W. Rooke (eds.)  Ciphers in the Sand: Interpretations of the Woman Taken in Adultery (John 7:53-8:11)  (The Biblical Seminar #74;  Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000): 139-213.
  • ‘Bread and Circuses: Christian History According to the World of  Star Trek,’ in Paul S. Fiddes (ed.)  Faith in the Centre: Christianity and Culture  (Regent’s Study Guides #9; Regent’s  Park  College:  Oxford, 2001): 207-224.
  • ‘Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors: Biblical Reflections on a Renaissance Masterpiece,’ in Martin O’Kane (ed.)  Borders, Boundaries and the Bible  (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series #313;  Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002): 217-228.
  • ‘The Son of Man Goes Forth to War’: Biblical Imagery in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Man Who Would Be King,’ in Martin O’Kane (ed.)  Borders, Boundaries and the Bible  (Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series #313;  Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002): 99-125.
  • ‘The Horror! The Whore!: The Abomination of Desolation and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,’ in  Christopher Rowland  and  John Barton  (eds.)  Apocalyptic in History and  Tradition  (Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement Series #43; Sheffield:  Sheffield  Academic Press, 2002): 284-318.
  • ‘The 1799 Baptist Meeting House Drawing and the Origins of the Tidmarsh Baptismal Tradition,’ in Rosie Chadwick (ed.)  A Protestant Catholic Church of Christ: Essays on the History and Life of New  Road  Baptist  Church,  Oxford  (Oxford: New  Road  Baptist  Church,  Oxford, 2003): 137-146.
  • ‘Epaphras and Philip: The Undercover Evangelists of Hierapolis’, in R. Glenn Wooden, Timothy R. Ashley and Robert S Wilson (eds.)  “You will be my witnesses”: A Festschrift in Honor of the Reverend Dr. Allison A. Trites on the Occasion of His Retirement  (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2003): 127-143.
  • ‘The Election in the Guildhall:  Oxford  politics in the 17th century,’  The Baptist  Quarterly  40 (2004): 430-435.
  • ‘Living in the  Lycus  Valley: Earthquake Imagery in Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians,’ in Jirí Mrázek and Jan Roskovec (eds.)  Testimony and Interpretation: Early Christology in its Judeo-Hellenistic Milieu. Studies in Honour of Petr Pokorý  (JSNT Supplement Series #272; T & T Clark International:  London, 2004): 81-94.
  • ‘The Fifth Monarchist John Pendarves (†1656) – A Victim of “Studious Bastard Consumption?”’,  American Baptist Quarterly  23 (2004): 281-289.
  • ‘The Messianic Man of Peace as  Temple  Builder: Solomonic Imagery in Ephesians 2.13-22,’ in John Day (ed.)  Temple  and Worship in Biblical  Israel  (JSOT Supplement Series #422; T & T Clark International:  London, 2005): 484-512.
  • ‘1653 or 1656: When Did  Oxford  Baptists Join the Abingdon Association?,’ in Philip E. Thompson and Anthony R. Cross (eds.)  Recycling the Past or Researching History?: Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myths  (Studies in Baptist History and Thought #11; Paternoster Press:  Milton Keynes, 2005): 207-219.
  • (with John Weaver) ‘Resources:  TheMission, Blade Runner, Witness, Amadeus, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, The Color Purple, 1984, Cry Freedom, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Saving Private Ryan,’ in Anthony J. Clarke and Paul S. Fiddes (eds.)  Flickering Images: Theology and Film in Dialogue  (Regent’s Study Guides #12; Regent’s Park College/Smyth & Helwys: Oxford/Macon, Georgia, 2005): 229-307.
  • ‘Matthew 11:28 and Release from the Burden of Sin: Bunyan and De Niro meet Jesus,’ in George Aichele and Richard Walsh (eds.)  Those Outside: Noncanonical Readings of the Canonical Gospels  (T & T Clark International:  London, 2005): 65-84.
  • ‘A “Famous Prank” in  Oxford?: The Jacobite Riots of 1715 and the Charge of Sexual Scandal,’  The Baptist Quarterly  42 (2007): 33-52.
  • ‘The New Testament in Fiction and Film: On Reversing the Hermeneutical Flow (1993)’, in Jolyon Mitchell and S. Brent Plate (eds.)  The Religion and Film Reader  (London: Routledge, 2007): 370-373.
  • Moby-Dick: Encountering the Leviathan of God – the Remake’,  Australian Religion Studies Review  21.3    (2008): 1-15.
  • ‘Oxford’s First  Quaker Meeting Place: the Home of the Surgeon Richard Bettris (c. 1606-1682)’,    Oxoniensia  73 (2008): 59-97 + Plates  10-12.
  • ‘A Letter of John Pendarves from 1656,’  The Baptist Quarterly  43 (2009): 49-55.
  • ‘The Fifth Monarchist John Pendarves: Chaplain to Colonel Thomas Rainborowe’s Regiment of Foot (1645-7),’  The Baptist Quarterly  43 (2009): 112-122.
  • ‘Humphrey Gillet: Signatory of  A Testimony to Truth  (1659),’  The Baptist Quarterly  43 (2010): 302-304.
  • ‘Images of the Apostle Paul in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century  Wales,’ in Martin O’Kane and John Morgan-Guy (eds.)  Biblical Art From  Wales  (Sheffield: Sheffield  Phoenix  Press, 2010): 234-251.
  • ‘The Anabaptist Petitions of 1660 and 1661’, in Anthony R Crioss and Nicholas J Wood (eds.)  Exploring  Baptist Origins  (Centre for Baptist History and Heritage Studies Volume 1; Regent’s Park College: Oxford, 2010): 81-99.
  • ‘Hadrian as Nero  Redivivus: Some Supporting Evidence from  Corinth’, in David M. Jacobson and Nikor Kokkinos (eds.)  Judaea and  Rome  in Coins 65 BCE-135 CE: Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Spink, 13th-14th  September 2010  (Spink:  London, 2012): 229-242.

Contributions to Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:

  • Articles on ‘Apocalyptic, Apocalypticism’ and ‘Parousia,’ in  Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments  edited by Ralph P. Martin, (IVP: Downers Grove, Illinois, 1997), pp. 55-68 and 856-875.
  • Article on ‘Coinage-Graeco-Roman,’ in  Dictionary of New Testament Background  edited by Craig A. Evans and Stanley E. Porter, (IVP: Downers Grove, Illinois), (2000), pp. 220-222.
  • Article on ‘Film,’ in Leslie Houlden (ed.)  Jesus in History, Thought and Culture: An Encyclopedia, Volume One  A-J  (Santa Barbara,  California: ABC-CLIO, 2003): 288-292 (Also published in  Jesus: The Complete  Guide  (T & T Clark:  Edinburgh, 2005): 280-284).
  • Articles on ‘Adam and Christ,’ ‘Eschatology II,’ ‘Kingdom of God II,’ and ‘Resurrection II,’ in  The IVPDictionary of the New Testament  edited by Daniel G. Reid, (IVP: Downers Grove, Illinois), (2004), pp. 33-40, 332-350, 656-659 and 913-921.
  • Articles on ‘Film and Interpretation,’ and ‘Numismatics’ in  Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation  edited by Stanley E. Porter (Routledge:  London), (2007), pp. 108-110 and 247-248.
  • Article on  ‘Philemon’ in Michael D. Coogan (ed.)  The  Oxford  Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible, Volume 2  (Oxford:  Oxford  University  Press, 2012):  160-163.