Featured Author - Dr. Svetlana Khobnya

Dr. Svetlana Khobnya is Lecturer in Biblical Studies, with specialisms in New Testament, Biblical Languages and Theological German, at the Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. She is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship, the British New Testament Society and the Wesleyan Theological Society, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr. Khobnya is a visiting lecturer at the European Nazarene College in Switzerland and has taught variety of Biblical subjects in the college’s learning centres located in different countries. She is also an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene


I started my research in the area of Linguistics at Volgograd Pedagogical University in Russia. During that time I became a Christian and decided to change my direction to theology. To pursue that I completed a BA (EuNC, Switzerland), an MA in Theological Studies (Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City) and a PhD (NTC, Manchester) in Biblical Studies. My thesis The Father Who Redeems and the Son Who Obeys: Consideration of Paul’s Teaching in Romans was published with Wipf & Stock in 2013. The book offers a narrative and intertextual analysis of Romans providing theological conclusions on how Paul explains the redemptive compassion of God for the Jews and Gentiles and what is the role of the faithful obedience of the Son in the story of God’s redemption.

I continued to work in the area of Pauline studies, intertextuality, and narrative approaches to Scripture, publishing articles and participating in collaborative projects. I have also developed an interest in papyrology. I translated and co-edited with Prof. J. Healey (University of Manchester) I. Shifman's monograph on the Palmyrene tax inscription of 137 CE, originally published in Russian in 1980. I supervise a number of PhD students working on various projects in the NT and Linguistics. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have an ongoing interest in developing courses and programmes for the institutions I am working with.