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Joshua Mann

I am a Research Fellow at CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology at the University of Durham (UK). I research at the intersection of digital humanities and biblical studies/theology, and I am particularly interested in the hermeneutics of technology, i.e., how technology itself means and has politics.

You can find me on twitter @beJLM and follow me on

Selected Publications: 

  1. How Bible Software Means” in Proceedings of the Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts Conference, DRHA2015, Dublin (forthcoming).
  2. “What Is Opened in Luke 24:45, the Mind or the Scriptures?” Journal of Biblical Literature (forthcoming).
  3. “The (New) Exodus in Luke and Acts: An Appeal for Moderation,” in The Reverberations of the Exodus in Scripture (ed. R. Michael Fox; Oregon: Pickwick, 2014), 94–120.
  4. “The Rhetorical Function of Chiasmus in Acts 2:2–4,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 2/9.1 (2010): 66–77.

Conference Papers & Presentations:

  1. “Digital Forms of Scholarly Publications: Effective but Untrusted” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, USA, Nov. 2016.
  2. “Understanding the Messiah in Luke-Acts” New Testament Seminar, Dept. of Theology, University of Durham (invited), Feb. 2016.
  3. “Digital Paratextuality” Biblical Literacy in a Media Culture (St John’s College), Jan. 2016.
  4. “(re)Presenting Material Features of Biblical Texts on the Web” SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2015.
  5. “Surveillance and Religion” Roundtable Discussion, St John’s College, Durham University, Durham, Sept. 2015.
  6. “How Does Bible Software Affect the Meaning of Our Texts?” British New Testament Conference, Edinburgh, 3–5 Sept. 2015.
  7. “How Does Bible Software Mean?” Digital Research in the Humanities & Arts Conference 2015, Dublin, Sept. 2015.
  8. “From Scrolls to Scrolling: Making the Most of Shifting Modes of Scholarly Communication” The Emerging Humanities: Strategies for the Future, Durham University, Durham, 22 June 2015.
  9. “From Scrolls to Scrolling: The Bible’s Ever-Changing Medium and Layout” CODEC Research Seminar, Durham University, 28 May 2015 (invited).
  10. “Ignorance and Illumination in Luke-Acts: An Overview” Biblical Studies Research Seminar, New College, University of Edinburgh (invited), Nov. 2014
  11. “Illumination and Jewish Unbelief Depicted in Acts” British New Testament Conference, Manchester, Sept. 2014.
  12. “We’ve Got the Power”: How Bibliobloggers Can (and Should) Make the Most of Democratized Media” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA, Nov. 2013.
  13. “ἀνοίγω and διανοίγω in Luke and Acts: ‘Opening’ as a Narrative Motif ” British New Testament Conference, St. Andrews, Aug. 2013.
  14. “Chiasm in the New Testament: Its Use and Abuse” Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting, St. Andrews, July 2013.