Dr David Allen

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Job TitleAcademic Dean and Tutor in New Testament
Telephone0121 452 2625

I came to Queen’s in 2007 to take up the position of Tutor in New Testament Studies, having previously completed my PhD on the use of the Old Testament in the book of Hebrews. Prior to that, I had a variable career as a youthworker and computer programmer, working particularly with mainframe computers and the infamous year-2000 compliance. I have taught at a number of HE institutions, including the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews.

1997MA (History)University of Cambridge
2004MCS (New Testament) Regent College, Vancouver
2007PhD (New Testament and Christian Origins) University of Edinburgh
2010PGCHEUniversity of Birmingham
Roles at Queen's

At Queen’s, I presently hold the role of Academic Dean, which involves attending to matters of academic quality and standards, and ensuring that we maintain high quality provision across our various academic programmes. I am also the Director of the Centre for Discipleship & Theology, which involves particularly working with our independent studies as they engage with theological study and enquiry. 


I have taught on, and contributed to, a number of biblical studies modules, including:

  • TMM1031 – Introduction to the Bible
  • TMM2077 – New Testament Text Study in Context (Gospel of John)
  • TMM2087 – Old Testament Text Study in Context (Daniel)
  • TMM40220 – Advanced Biblical Studies
  • QF613 – Paul
  • QF615 – Catholic Epistles
External roles and responsibilities

I am a lay person, but committed to the life of the local church, and am a member of St. Christopher’s, Springfield.

I was the co-ordinator of Great Britain group for Anglican Communion Project on the Bible of the Life of the Church (2009-12), contributing to the Communion’s “Deep Engagement, Fresh Discovery” report/resource.

I am an external examiner for two other HE institutions, and have served as external panellist on a number of programme validation boards; I have also examined a number of PhD theses.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests and supervision

Much of my research concerns the way in which the New Testament uses the Hebrew Scriptures, and the intertextual reading strategies this generates; I am regular member of the British Old Testament in the New Seminar and co-edited the recent JSNT volume on this subject. I am presently writing a volume on the use of the Old Testament in the accounts of Jesus’ death.  I also have a particular interest in the Epistle to the Hebrews, and am working on a project on the thirteenth chapter of that text.

I am a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Tyndale Fellowship.


I currently advise and supervise a number of students at both Masters and doctoral levels, on a variety of matters relating to biblical interpretation. I would welcome enquiries from those interested in:

  • The use of Jewish Scriptures in the New Testament
  • The Epistle to the Hebrews 


(edited with Steve Smith) Methodology in the Use of the Old Testament in the New (LNTS 240. London: T&T Clark, 2019)

According to the Scriptures: The Death of Christ in the Old Testament and the New (London: SCM, 2018)

The Historical Character of Jesus: Canonical Insights from outside the Gospels (London: SPCK, 2013)

Deuteronomy and Exhortation in Hebrews: An Exercise in Narrative Re-Presentation, (WUNT 2/238. Tübingen: Mohr (Siebeck), 2008)

Book Chapters & Articles:

(with Tom Thomas) "Mark's Story - Little Ones at the Centre?" Expository Times 132 (2021): 302-09

"Continuity and Discontinuity: The Relationship between the Two Testaments." Bible in Transmission Spr 21 (2021): 14-17.

"What Are They Saying about Hebrews 13?" in David M. Moffitt & Eric F. Mason (eds.) Son, Sacrifice, and Great Shepherd: Studies on the Epistle to the Hebrews (WUNT 2/510. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020): 191-206.

"Paul donning Mosaic garb? The use of Deuteronomy 32 in Phil 2.12-18" European Journal of Theology 26.2 (2017): 135-43.

"Glossolalia" in Tom Thatcher et al. (eds.) Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

"Introduction: The Study of the Use of the Old Testament in the New" Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38 (2015): 3-16.

“Who, what & why?: “The worship of the firstborn in Heb 1:6” in Chris Keith & Dieter T. Roth (eds.) Mark, Manuscripts and Monotheism: Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado (London: T&T Clark, 2014): 159-75

“UK Regional Group” in Clare Amos (ed.) The Bible in the Life of the Church: Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2013): 13-21

“Why Bother Going Outside?: The Use of the Old Testament in Heb 13:10–16” in Bart J. Koet, Steve Moyise & Joseph Verheyden (eds.) The Scriptures of Israel in Jewish and Christian Tradition: Essays in Honour of Maarten J. J. Menken (Leiden: Brill, 2013): 239-52

“Genesis in James, 1 and 2 Peter and Jude” in Steve Moyise & Maarten Menken (eds.) Genesis in the New Testament (London: T&T Clark, 2012): 147-65

“Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus” in Chris Keith & Larry Hurtado (eds.) Jesus among Friends and Enemies (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011): 149-69

“Forgotten Ages: Times and Space in Heb 1.2” in The Bible Translator 61.3 (2010): 144-52

“‘For the Bible tells me so’: New Approaches to the Bible Today” in Search 33 (2010): 113-22

“Phil 4:2-3: ‘To agree or not to agree? Unity is the question’” in Expository Times 121 (2010): 533-38

“‘The Forgotten Spirit’: A Pentecostal Reading of the Letter to the Hebrews.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 18 (2009): 51-66.

"The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: Evidence from the Book of Hebrews" in Testamentum Imperium 2 (2009): 1-24.

“The Holy Spirit as Gift or Giver? Retaining the Pentecostal Dimension of Hebrews 2:4.” The Bible Translator 59 (2008): 151-58.

“Constructing 'Janus-Faced' Exhortations. The Use of Old Testament Narratives in Heb 13,1-8.” Biblica 49 (2008): 401-09.

“More Than Just Numbers: Deuteronomic Influence in Hebrews 3:7-4:11.” Tyndale Bulletin 58 (2007): 161-81