Rev Dr Adam White

Rev Dr Adam White

Head of Biblical Studies, Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Adam began his working career as a spraypainter and from there moved into ministry as a youth pastor then an associate pastor at Riverlands Christian Church in Penrith. Then at the age of 25 he felt called to study theology at Southern Cross College (now AC); this continued through an honours degree up to a Doctorate of Ancient History at Macquarie University.  Adam is now a senior lecturer in New Testament, with particular focus on Paul and his letters, as well as Graeco-Roman culture more broadly. He is also an ordained minister in the ACC and preaches in churches around the country. His passion is to help bring the bible to life for Christians everywhere. 

Qualifications

PhD in Ancient History (Macquarie University)
Dissertation Title “Where is the Wise Man? Graeco-Roman Education as a Background to the Divisions in 1 Corinthians 1–4.” 2013

BTh with Honours (Alphacrucis College)
Dissertation Title “A Comparative Analysis of 1 Corinthians 1–4 and 2 Corinthians 10–13 in Light of Paul’s Ongoing Relationship with the Church.” 2009

Research Interests

Adam's primary interests are Graeco-Roman history, ancient education and culture, and Pauline studies.

Field of Research

Historical Studies, Religious studies

Book

  • 2021
    • Adam G. White (2021). Paul, Community, and Discipline: Establishing Boundaries and Dealing with the Disorderly. Maryland: Lexington Books/Fortress Academic.
  • 2015
    • Adam G. White (2015). Where is the Wise Man? Graeco-Roman Education as a Background to the Divisions in 1 Corinthians 1-4.. Library of New Testament Studies 536. Harrisburg, PA: T&T Clark.

Book Chapter

  • 2019
    • Adam G. White (2019). God Chose the Poor: Recapturing the Radical Vision of Early Pentecostalism and the Original Pauline Communities. In Antipas Harris and Michael Palmer, The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives (pp. 194–216). Lanham, MD: Seymour Press.
  • 2018
    • Adam G. White (2018). New Adventures in Sound Mapping: A First-Timer’s Attempt at a New Methodology In Margaret Lee, Sound Matters: New Testament Studies in Sound Mapping (pp. 27-42). Wipf & Stock. | External link

Journal Article

  • 2021
    • Adam G. White (2021). “You’re Stealing from Us, Paul": An Examination of Paul’s "Painful" Visit to Corinth and the Charge of Embezzlement. Australian Biblical Review, 69 37-46.
  • 2020
    • Adam G. White (2020). 'Three Strikes, You’re Out!’ A Reflection on Church Excommunication in Light of Pauline Practice.”. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 29.2 275-296.
    • Adam G. White (2020). Paul’s Absence from Corinth as Voluntary Exile: Reading 2 Corinthians 1.1–2.13 and 7.5–16 as a Letter from Exile.. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 43.1 44-66.
  • 2018
    • Adam G. White, Lily Arasaratnam-Smith (2018). The Messenger Now and Then: A Socio-cultural Analysis of the Roles and Responsibilities of the ‘Preacher.’. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 27.1 146-158. | External link
  • 2017
    • Adam G. White (2017). Visualising Paul’s Appeal: A Performance Critical Analysis of the Letter to Philemon. The Oral History Journal of South Africa, 5.2 1-16. | External link
    • Adam G. White (2017). The Rod as Excommunication: A Possible Meaning for an Ambiguous Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 4.21.. Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 39.4 388–411. | External link | AC Link
  • 2016
    • Adam G. White (2016). Pentecostal Preaching as a Modern Epistle: A Comparison of Pentecostal Preaching with Paul’s Practice of Letter Writing.. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 25.1 123-149. | AC Link
    • Adam G. White (2016). Obey as to the Lord: Christian Slaves and the Call to Worship. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 18.
  • 2015
    • Adam G. White (2015). Not in Lofty Speech or Media: A Reflection on Pentecostal Preaching in Light of 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 24.1 117-135. | AC Link
  • 2014
    • Adam G. White (2014). Servants, Not Intellectual Clients: The Significance of Paul’s Role as an Oikonomos in 1 Cor 4:1 and 9:17.. Australian Biblical Review, 62 44-57.
  • 2012
    • Adam G. White (2012). Knowledge and Transformation: towards a ‘Pentecostal Paideia'. Australasian Pentecostal Studies, 14 111-120.

Presentations

Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • “The Grief of Exile: A Fresh Proposal for Paul’s ‘Near Death Experience’ in 2 Cor 1:8–9" (2021), Fellowship for Biblical Studies Conference, Online, 01 Oct 2021
    • “‘You’re Stealing from Us, Paul’: An Examination of Paul’s ‘Painful’ Visit to Corinth and the Charge of Embezzlement” (2021), Society for the Study of Early Christianity, Sydney, 01 May 2021
    • Review of Holly Beers, A Week in the Life of a Greco-Roman Woman. Panelist: Biblical Interest Group. (2021), Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Online, 10 Mar 2021
  • 2020
    • Review of J. Brian Tucker and Aaron Kuecker, ed., T&T Clark Social Identity Commentary on the New Testament. Panelist: Writing Social-Scientific Commentaries of the New Testament. (2020), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Online, 24 Nov 2020
  • 2019
    • “Watch out for that one!” Evaluating a Pauline Command Through the Lens of the Black Sheep Effect (2019), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, 23 Nov 2019
    • “‘If a Person Doesn’t Work, They Shall Not Eat!’ An Early Christian Formula for Excommunication?” (2019), Society of Biblical Literature International, Rome, Italy, 16 Jul 2019
  • 2018
    • “God Chose the Poor: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 and the Social Upheaval of the Gospel.” (2018), Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland, Tennessee, 08 Mar 2018
  • 2017
    • "Visualising Paul’s Appeal: A Performance Critical Reading of Philemon.” (2017), Society of Biblical Literature International Conference, Berlin, 22 Jun 2017
    • "Three Strikes, You're Out!" A Reflection on Church Discipline, Then and Now. (2017), Society for Pentecostal Studies Annual Conference, St Louis, Missouri, 09 Mar 2017
  • 2016
    • Paul, the Rod, and Excommunication: A Possible Meaning to an Ambiguous Metaphor in 1 Corinthians 4:21 (2016), Society of Biblical Literature International Conference, Seoul, Korea, 18 Jul 2016
    • The Transformative Performance of Pentecostal Sermons: a Comparison of Pentecostal Preaching with the Early Church’s Practice of Letter Writing (2016), Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, California, 05 Mar 2016
  • 2015
    • Echoes of Empedocles: A Pre-Socratic Citation in 1 Corinthians 2:9? (2015), Society of Biblical Literature, Beunos Aires, Argentina, 24 Jul 2015
  • 2014
    • "Yes, But I Follow Seneca!" Was a Desire for Their Own Seneca Behind the Factions in Corinth? (2014), The second Fellowship for Biblical Studies National Conference, University of Sydney, 14 Sep 2014
    • Obey as to the Lord: Paul’s Advice to the Ephesian Slaves as a “Hermeneutic of Worship” (2014), Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Springfield, MO, 28 Mar 2014
  • 2012
    • Value Formation and Value judgement: Graeco-Roman paideia as a backdrop to Paul’s judgement language in 1 Cor 4.1-5 (2012), Fellowship for Biblical Studies National Conference, Melbourne, 03 Sep 2012
    • Paul’s Educational Imagery in His Conflict with the Corinthians (2012), Society of Biblical Literature International Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 13 Jul 2012
  • 2011
    • Paul and Paideia: Greco-Roman education as a background to Paul’s conflict in Corinth (2011), Ancient History Research Seminar, Macquarie University, Sydney, 15 Sep 2011

Scholarship Publications

Book Review

  • 2021
    • Adam G. White (2021). Review of E. A. Judge, Paul and the Conflict of Cultures: The Legacy of His Thought Today. Australian Biblical Review, 69.
  • 2020
    • Adam G, White (2020). Review of Carole Ferch-Jones, Telling Hands and Touching Feet: Nonverbal Communication in Two of the Narratives of Acts. Australian Biblical Review, 68.
    • Adam G. White (2020). Review of Moshe Blidstein, Purity, Community, and Ritual in Early Christian Literature. Religious Studies Review, 45.2 207-208.
    • Adam G. White (2020). Review of Scot McKnight and Greg Mamula (eds.), Conflict Management and the Apostle Paul. Review of Biblical Literature, .
  • 2018
    • Adam G. White (2018). Review of Christopher D. Land, The Integrity of 2 Corinthians and Paul’s Aggravating Absence. Review of Biblical Literature, . | External link
  • 2017
    • Adam G. White (2017). Review of B. J. Oropeza, Exploring Second Corinthians: Death and Life, Hardship and Rivalry. Review of Biblical Literature, . | AC Link
  • 2015
    • Adam G. White (2015). Review of Jay Twomey, 2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict. Review of Biblical Literature, .

Popular Article

  • 2021
    • White, A. (2021). Doing Life With God (And Learning A New Greek Word). Crucis, . | External link

Professional Memberships

Society for Pentecostal Studies interest group at SBL International (since 2017)

Completed Supervision

  • 2020
    • Griffith, J., Unknown (Doctoral Thesis), 2020

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