Jonathan Linebaugh

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Dr Jonathan Linebaugh

Fellow, Acting Assistant Graduate Tutor, Director of Studies in Theology
University Positions
University Associate Professor in New Testament, Faculty of Divinity
Specialising in
Theology and the New Testament

Dr Linebaugh is a Fellow and Director of Studies for Theology at Jesus College. He specialises in the contexts, texts, and reception history of the New Testament, especially the Letters of Paul.

Academic interests

Dr Linebaugh's main academic interest is the interpretation of the New Testament, especially the letters of Paul. This interest works both backwards and forwards, bringing Paul’s writing into conversation both with the literature contemporaneous with it and with the history of interpreting Paul. 


After reading economics and theology in America (including periods of study in Greece and Israel), Dr Linebaugh studied theology as a post-graduate at Durham University, writing a doctoral thesis on early Jewish and New Testament theology. Before joining the Faculty of Divinity at Cambridge, he taught New Testament in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Publications, links and resources


  • God, Grace, and Righteousness: Wisdom of Solomon and Paul’s Letter to the Romans in Conversation, Brill (NovTSup), 2013.

Edited volumes

  • God's Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions. Eerdmans, 2018.
  • Reformation Readings of Paul. Edited with R. Michael Allen. IVP Academic, 2015.

Selected journal articles and essays

  • ‘The Grammar of the Gospel: Justification as a Theological Criterion in the Reformation and Paul’s Letter to the Galatians’. Scottish Journal of Theology (2018).
  • ‘The Christo-Centrism of Faith in Christ: Martin Luther’s Reading of Galatians 2:16, 19-20.’ New Testament Studies 59.4 (2013): 535-544.
  • ‘Announcing the Human: Rethinking the Relationship between Wisdom of Solomon 13-14 and Romans 1.18-32.’ New Testament Studies 57.2 (2011): 214-237.
  • ‘Rational or Radical: Origen on Romans 9.10-14.’ Studia Patristica 52 (2011): 63-69.
  • ‘Debating Diagonal Δικαιοσύνη: The Epistle of Enoch and Paul in Theological Conversation.’ Early Christianity 1 (2010): 107-128.
  • ‘Paul’s (Re)Reading of Israel’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 3:6-14.’ Trinity Journal for Theology and Ministry 3.1 (2009): 111-130.
  •  “Scandalous and Foolish: Debating and Defining Grace with Pseudo-Solomon and Saint Paul.” In Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl (eds. John D. Koch and Todd Brewer. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013).
  • “Not the End: The History and Hope of the Unfailing Word in Romans 9-11.” In God and Israel: Providence and Purpose in Romans 9-11. Edited by Todd Still. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2017.
  •  “The Texts of Paul and the Theology of Cranmer.” In Reformation Readings of Paul (eds. R. Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015).
  • “Wisdom 13-15 and Romans 1:18-2:5” and “The Epistle of Enoch and Romans 3:21-31.”  In Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism. (eds. Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, Jason Matson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
  • “Righteousness Revealed: The Death of Christ as the Definition of the Righteousness of God.” In Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination. Edited by Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

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