September 2014‎ > ‎

08. Faculty Spotlight: Nik Ansell

Nik Ansell’s teaching and research focus on several areas of systematic and biblical theology, notably Christology, eschatology, Old Testament wisdom thinking, and the theology of gender. He has an ongoing interest in the phenomenology of revelation and “the spirituality of existence.”

Nik is a theologian who works at the interface between biblical studies, systematic theology, and philosophical theology. This interdisciplinary orientation is evident in The Annihilation of Hell: Universal Salvation and the Redemption of Time in the Eschatology of Jürgen Moltmann, published at the end of 2013 by Paternoster in Europe and Cascade in North America. In his foreword, Moltmann refers to this work as “far-reaching and profound.”

In recent years, Nik has developed the biblical studies side of his work, giving several papers at Society of Biblical Literature meetings on intertextuality in the Pentateuch and on OT sapiential (wisdom) motifs in Proverbs and Genesis. His work has been accepted for publication in two books: “This Is Her Body . . . Judges 19 as Test of Discernment” in Tamar’s Tears: Evangelical Engagements with Feminist Old Testament Hermeneutics, ed. Andrew Sloane (Pickwick, 2012), 112–70 and “For the Love of Wisdom: Scripture, Philosophy, and the Relativization of Order,” an in-depth exploration of Proverbs 30:18–20, forthcoming in a collection of essays from the 2011 VU conference on creation order. Together with several of his SBL presentations, these studies will form part of a book on the implications of biblical wisdom thinking that will extend Nik’s research into the NT.

In the 2014–15 academic year, Nik will be teaching the ICS Biblical Foundations course for the tenth time! In addition to “God/Sex/Word/Flesh: Gender, Theology, and the Body,” which develops motifs explored in his first book, The Woman Will Overcome the Warrior: A Dialogue with the Christian/Feminist Theology of Rosemary Radford Ruether (University Press of America, 1994), Nik will also be offering a new course: “Birthpangs of the New Creation: Judgment unto Salvation in the Book of Revelation.”

Nik Ansell, Assistant Professor of Theology, BA (Hons) (University of Bristol), MPhil (Institute for Christian Studies), PhD (VU University, Amsterdam).

Nik is currently developing "Continuing Ed/ge," an innovative continuing education program in biblical studies, to be introduced during the winter semester.