Dr Jeffrey Aernie

Dr Jeffrey Aernie

Head of School, School of Ministry and Theology

Jeffrey Aernie is Head of School in the School of Ministry and Theology. Before coming to Alphacrucis he taught New Testament studies at Charles Sturt University, where he also served as Head of the School of Theology.

Jeffrey has studied theology at Wheaton College (USA), ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA), and New Testament at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). His research focuses on Paul’s letters and theology (especially the Corinthian correspondence), the theme of discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, and Greek linguistics (particularly the exegetical implications of verbal aspect theory). He welcomes research students in these three areas.


Ph.D. (University of Aberdeen)
Dissertation Title Is Paul Also among the Prophets? An Examination of the Relationship between Paul and the Old Testament Prophetic Tradition in 2 Corinthians 2011

M.Div. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) 2008

B.A. (Wheaton College) 2005

Research Interests

  • Gospel of Mark
  • Pauline Epistles and Theology
  • Christian Discipleship


  • 2018
    • Aernie, J. (2018). Narrative discipleship: Portraits of women in the Gospel of Mark. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.
  • 2012
    • Aernie, J. (2012). Is Paul also among the Prophets? An examination of the relationship between Paul and the Old Testament prophetic tradition in 2 Corinthians. London: T&T Clark.

Book Chapter

  • 2022
    • Aernie, J. (2022). The Corporate Portrayal of Women in the Gospel of Matthew as Narrative Disciples In , Character Studies in the Gospel of Matthew (pp. ). London: T&T Clark (forthcoming).
  • 2018
    • Aernie, J. (2018). Rule of the community and Mark 9:30–50: Discipleship reordered In Blackwell, B. C., Goodrich, J. K. & Maston, J., Reading Mark in context: Jesus and second temple Judaism (pp. 144-50). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
  • 2014
    • Aernie, J. (2014). Paul of Tarsus In Carroll, S. & Emilsen, W. W., Great spiritual leaders: Studies in leadership for a pluralist society (pp. 122-133). Canberra: Barton Books.
    • Aernie, J. (2014). Borderless discipleship: The syrophoenician woman as a Christ-Follower in Mark 7:24-30 In Havea, J., Neville, D. & Wainwright, E., Bible, borders, belonging(s): engaging readers from Oceania (pp. 191-207). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

Journal Article

  • 2022
    • Aernie, J. (2022). Abraham’s Paternity and God’s Promise: Another Look at the Context and Syntax of Romans 4.1. Journal for the Study of the New Testament,  1-22. | External link
  • 2019
    • Aernie, J. (2019). Theological grit: The convergence of deliberate practice and Christian discipleship. Colloquium, 51:2 5-25.
  • 2017
    • Aernie, J. (2017). Faith, Judgment, and the Life of the Believer: A Reassessment of 2 Corinthians 5:6-10. The Catholic Biblical quarterly, 79:3 438-454.
  • 2016
    • Aernie, J. (2016). Cruciform discipleship: The narrative function of the women in Mark 15-16. Journal of Biblical Literature, 135:4 779-797.
    • Aernie, J. (2016). Tablets of fleshly hearts: Paul and Ezekiel in Concert. Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters, 6:1 55-73.
  • 2015
    • Aernie, J. (2015). Participation in Christ: An analysis of Pauline soteriology. Horizons in Biblical Theology, 37:1 50-68.

Research and Professional Grants

  • 2019
    • Research Skills Development Grant, Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University
  • 2014
    • Research Grant, Faculty of Arts, Charles Sturt University
  • 2011
    • Postgraduate Research Scholarship, University of Aberdeen
  • 2010
    • Research Grant, University of Aberdeen

Scholarship Publications

Book Chapter

  • 2011
    • Aernie, J. (2011). Revealed Belief In Emilsen, W., I Believe in God (pp. 26-33). North Parramatta: UTC Publications.

Book Review

  • 2012
    • Aernie, J. (2012). Hoti's Business: Marking Thought and Talk in New Testament Greek. New Light from Linguistics on the Particles ἳνα and ὃτι. The Classical Review, 62:2.

Professional Memberships

Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Studies—Council Member (since 2022)

British New Testament Society (since 2009)

Centre for Gospels and Acts Research—Sydney College of Divinity (since 2018)

Evangelical Theological Society (since 2011)

Fellowship for Biblical Studies (since 2014)

Institute for Biblical Research (since 2010)

Society of Biblical Literature (since 2008)

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (since 2021)

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