Dr Philip Johnston

Governing Body Fellow, Senior Tutor, Deputy Praelector


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The Senior Tutor’s role is to coordinate the college’s pastoral care and academic support of its student members. He heads the tutorial team consisting of Tutors and Admissions Tutors plus Tutorial Office and Admissions Office staff, and is responsible for ensuring that students receive appropriate support and advice during their time at Hughes Hall.

Philip Johnston brings a varied background to the role of Senior Tutor. He has studied Mathematics, Economics and Theology, has taught Old Testament Studies in Belfast, St Andrews and Oxford, and now teaches in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. His doctoral research looked at death in the ancient Near East, and he has published material on this and other biblical topics. He has also lived and worked in Ireland, francophone Europe and East Asia, so is well placed to relate to the richly diverse student community at Hughes Hall.

Selected Publications

Co-editor, Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, doctrinal and contemporary perspectives (London: Apollos, 2017)
Co-editor, Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches (Nottingham: Apollos, 2012)
Editor, IVP Introduction to the Bible (Nottingham: IVP, 2006)
Author, Deuteronomy (Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2005)
Co-editor, Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and Approaches (Leicester: Apollos, 2005)
Author, Shades of Sheol: Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament (Leicester: Apollos, 2002)
Co-editor, The Land of Promise: Biblical, Theological and Contemporary Perspectives (Leicester: Apollos, 2000)
Co-author, Les Psaumes: Aide à la lecture cursive du texte hébreu (Villurbaine, France: Editions Clé, 1995)

Book and journal articles

‘Creation and Covenant’, in K.J. Dell, ed., The Biblical World, 2nd edition (Routledge, f/c).
‘Traduttore traditore, Beowulf and the Psalms: A Response to Nancy deClaissé-Walford’, in S. Gillingham, ed., Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalms: Conflict and Convergence (Oxford: OUP, 2013), 204-08.
‘Civil leadership in Deuteronomy’, in D.G. Firth, P.S. Johnston, eds, Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches (Nottingham: Apollos, 2012), 139-56.
‘”Now you see me, now you don’t!” Jeremiah and God’, in J. Day, ed., Prophecy and the Prophets in Ancient Israel (LHBOTS 531; London: T&T Clark International, 2010), 290-308.
‘Amos’, in J.H. Walton, ed., Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 5: 54-89.
‘The Psalms in their setting’, in P. and D. Alexander, eds, Lion Handbook to the Bible, 4th edn (Oxford: Lion, 2009), 363-64.
‘Faith in Isaiah’, in H.G.M. Williamson, D.G. Firth, eds, Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches (Nottingham: Apollos, 2009), 104-21.
‘Ordeals in the Psalms?’, in J. Day, ed., Temple and Worship in Biblical Israel (LHBOTS 422; London: T&T Clark International, 2005), 271-92.
‘Distress in the Psalms’, in P.S. Johnston, D.G. Firth, eds, Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and Approaches (Leicester: Apollos, 2005), 63-84.
‘Death in Egypt and Israel: A Theological Reflection’, in R.P. Gordon, J.C. de Moor, eds, The Old Testament in Its World (OTS 52; Leiden: Brill, 2004), 94-116.
‘Figuring out figurines’ [Tyndale Fellowship Old Testament Lecture 2002], Tyndale Bulletin 54.2 (2003), 81-104.
‘Review Article: New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis’, Themelios 24.3 (1999), 42-45.

Dictionary articles, in

Oxford Encylopedia of the Bible and Theology (2015).
New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon, 2006-09).
Dictionary of the Old Testament (Downers Grove: IVP): Pentateuch (2003); Historical Books (2005); Wisdom, Poetry & Writings (2008); Prophets (2012).
New Dictionary of Biblical Theology (Leicester: IVP, 2000).

Journal co-editing
Bulletin for Biblical Research (2011-13)
Themelios (1997-2001)

Book reviews, 100+ in
Anvil, Biblical Interpretation, Evangelical Quarterly, Expository Times, Journal of Semitic Studies, Journal of Theological Studies, Society of Old Testament Study Book List, Theological Book Review, Themelios, Vetus Testamentum.