About Murray

Murray is the Lecturer in Biblical Theology & Exegesis. He has been on the full-time faculty at Christ College since 2010, and teaches introductory units in Biblical Theology, advanced units in Greek and Hebrew exegesis, and study tours to the biblical lands. Murray is also a guest lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney, where he co-teaches a unit on “Historical Jesus to Written Gospels”.

Murray’s main research interests are in Jesus and the Gospels, biblical eschatology, biblical church government, and the relationship between biblical theology and systematic theology in the Reformed tradition.
Prior to joining the faculty at Christ College, Murray served as a pastor at Kirkplace Presbyterian Church, as a teacher of Ancient History and Religious Education at Newington College and the Presbyterian Ladies College, and as a staff worker with the Sydney University Evangelical Union. He currently serves the Presbyterian Church of NSW as Convenor of the Committee for Elders and Deacons, and serves the wider church as a member of the United Evangelistic Council. He is an elder at Hornsby Presbyterian Church, where he takes particular responsibility for the Gospel Training (Christian Education) program.

Murray is married to Lynette and they have five children.


Qualifications:

1999 Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)
2001 Master of Arts (Hons) (University of Sydney)
2006 Master of Arts (Hons) (Macquarie University)
2014 Master of Divinity (Australian College of Theology)
2008 Graduate Diploma of Education (University of New England)
PhD (Cand.) (Macquarie University)


Publications:

Books
Better than heaven: A Biblical Theology of Hope, Biblical Theology for Life Series, (Zondervan: Grand Rapids, forthcoming).
Jesus: All About Life, (NSW Bible Society: Macquarie Park, 2009).

Chapters and Articles
“God’s Righteousness, Christ’s Faith/fulness, and ‘Justification by Faith Alone’ (Romans 3:21-26)”, in P.G. Bolt and J.R. Harrison (eds.), Romans and the Legacy of St Paul: Historical, Theological, and Social Perspectives. Occasional Series 1, (Macquarie Park: SCD Press, 2019), 181-254.
“Redemption”, in D. Burke and P. Cooper (eds)., Read in the Light: The Declaratory Statement of the Presbyterian Church of Australia, (Sydney: Eider Books, 2019), 87-122.
“Shepherds and Servants: The Two Offices Christ appointed in his Church.” Haddington House Journal (2018): 179-200.
“The Book of Revelation: A Call to Worship, Witness, and Wait in the Midst of Violence” in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), Into All the World: Emergent Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman Context, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016), 334-71.
‘The Lord Jesus and His Coming in the Didache’ in J.A. Draper and C.N. Jefford (eds.), The Didache: A Missing Piece of the Puzzle in Early Christianity, Early Christianity and Its Literature 14, (Society of Biblical Literature: Atlanta, 2015), 363-407.
‘The Thessalonian Correspondence, in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2013), 269-301.
‘Paul in the Twenty-First Century’, in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), All Things to All Cultures: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2013), 1-33.
‘Our Father in heaven’ in G. Goswell and Greg Munro (eds.), Teach Us to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer and the Gospel of Jesus, (Christian Education Committee, Presbyterian Church of Australia: Melbourne, 2013), 37-44.
‘The Gospels in Early Christian Literature’ in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), The Content and Setting of the Gospel Traditions, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2010), 181-208.
‘The Political Context of the Gospels’ in M. Harding and A. Nobbs (eds.), The Content and Setting of the Gospel Traditions, (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2010), 79-104.

Reviews
Review of Darrell L. Bock with Benjamin I. Simpson. Jesus according to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels. 2nd ed. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017) in Themelios 43:2 (2018): 288-89.
Review of Nicholas Perrin, Lost in Transmission? What Can We Know about the Words of Jesus? (Thomas Nelson: Nashville, 2007) in Crucible 1:2 (October, 2008).

Educational
Historical Consultant, The Man from Galilee Documentary, Wesley Mission (April, 2018)
“Passion and power: the many portraits of Pontius Pilate.” Sydney Morning Herald, Good Friday, 2nd April, 2010.


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