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Dr Karen Fulton

Dr Karen Fulton

MA (Cambridge), MTh (London), PhD (Aberdeen), FHEA

Lecturer in New Testament and Hellenistic Greek

Karen is originally from Saintfield, Northern Ireland. She studied Classics at Cambridge and worked as a computer programmer in London before undertaking postgraduate studies in New Testament at King’s College London. Prior to joining BBC in 2000 she taught Biblical Studies at Berea Theological College in Kenya and served as Academic Dean and Vice-Principal of the College. While at BBC, Karen completed a PhD on aspects of the Pauline Letters through Aberdeen University.

Karen is currently interested in taking on research students, particularly those interested in exploring the intersection between the Graeco-Roman world and the New Testament.


Introduction to the New Testament
Paul's Life and Letters
The Epistle to the Hebrews
The Epistle to the Romans
Introduction to Biblical Languages
Greek Texts
Advanced Greek texts


The New Testament in Context (The New Testament and the Graeco-Roman world)
New Testament Exegesis
Mission and Ministry in the Bible
Discipleship in the Synoptic Gospels

College Courses

Between the Testament: a history of the Intertestamental Period
Reading Paul in Context
An Introduction to New Testament Greek

Karen's main research interest lies in situating the New Testament texts in their historical context and exploring how an understanding of that context, both the physical context and the conceptual framework, can inform our understanding of the original meaning of the text and its interpretation. Her PhD, “Co-Senders in Ancient Greek Letters and the Pauline Epistles,” involved studying Ancient Greek letters from the papyri, inscriptions and letter collections and comparing them with the Pauline epistles in the New Testament.

Academic papers

2009: Social World of the New Testament Seminar, the British New Testament Conference: "Co Senders in Ancient Letters."

2007: Irish Biblical Association: "Co-Senders in Christ?: Paul's letters in the light of Josephus and the Oxyrhynchus Papyri."

Before taking up the post at BBC Karen worked for a number of years in Kenya. Karen very much appreciated the opportunity of working cross-culturally and the benefits it brought in terms of a widening of perspective. She continues to be supportive of cross-cultural mission and enjoys working in an inter-dominational and international college with students and staff from around the world with the challenges and rewards that brings.