In his scholarship, Dr. Coutts has focused on the relationship between the OT and NT, and the factors that contributed to early Christian devotion and allegiance to Jesus. His courses explore the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of early Christian writings, which bear witness to the activity and character of the God who continues to reconcile all things to himself. He loves helping students to encounter the riches preserved for us in the New Testament and to wrestle with its implications for today.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), New Testament Language, Literature and Theology
Master's Degree (MCS), Biblical Studies
Bachelor's Degree (B.A.), Theology
" 'Living According to the Lord's Day': The Formative Role of Worship in Early Christianity." Providence Public Lectures (Winnipeg; Steinbach). Feb, 2020.
" 'My People will Know my Name': Jewish Identity and the Name of God in John's Gospel." Annual Conference of the IBR (San Diego). November, 2019.
"Formed by the Word in the Age of Information: Recovering a Christian Approach to Scripture." Providence Theological Seminary BTS Symposium (Otterburne, MB). October, 2019.
“Beholding the Glory: The Reception of Exodus in John’s Gospel.” UMW Regional Meeting of the SBL (St. Paul, MN). April, 2019.
“A Dangerous Religion? Earliest Christianity in Pluralistic Roman Society.” Providence Public Lectures (Winnipeg; Steinbach). March, 2019.
“Naming God in Earliest Christianity.” Evening Public Lecture, Regent College (Vancouver). May, 2018.
“John’s Use of Isaiah: A Lesson in Hermeneutics.” Guest Lecture at Providence Seminary (Otterburne, MB). January, 2018.
“The Antagonistic Use of Scripture as a Catalyst for John’s Gospel.” Annual Seminar on OT in NT (Hawarden). April, 2017.
“Associative Concepts in the LXX of Deutero-Isaiah.” Annual Conference of the SBL (Atlanta). November, 2015.
“Kept in the Shared Name: Exploring Backgrounds for the Name-giving in John 17.11-12.” Annual Seminar on OT in NT (Hawarden). March, 2015.
“John’s Indebtedness to the Divine Name Concept in Deutero-Isaiah.” Biblical Studies Seminar (School of Divinity, Edinburgh). October, 2014.
“I Have Come in My Father’s Name”: John 5.43 in the Context of John’s Name-Christology.” Annual British New Testament Society Conference (Manchester). September, 2014.
“The Family Name and the Name’s Family: John’s Indebtedness to Isaiah’s Divine Name Concept.” Annual Seminar on OT in NT (Hawarden). April, 2014.
“Glory from Qumran in the Gospel of John?” Annual British New Testament Society Conference (London). September, 2012.
“By Whose Authority Do You Pray these things? The Believer’s Use of Psalm 2.1-2 in Acts 4:25-26.” Annual Academic Symposium, Regent College (Vancouver). March, 2010.
“Exodus in the Gospel of John,” in Let My People Go: The Reception of Exodus Motifs in Jewish and Christian Literature. (contracted with Brill)
“Scriptural Conflict and Interpretation: Lessons from Mark and John,” Crux 53 (Winter, 2017): 14-24.
“ ‘My Father’s Name’: A Survey of Research on the Use of Onoma with Respect to the Father in the Fourth Gospel,” Currents in Biblical Research 15 (February, 2017): 248-260.
“Gregory Against Gregory: A Critique of Gregory of Nyssa’s Via Negativa from His Own Theology and What Difference that Makes to Christians Today,” Crux 44 (Spring, 2008): 25-30.