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Dr Karen Fulton

Dr Karen Fulton

MA (Cambridge), MTh (London), PhD (Aberdeen), PGCHET (QUB), 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. As Director of Education at the College Karen oversees all the educational programmes and is part of the Management Team.


Introduction to the Gospels
Paul's Life and Letters
The Epistle to the Romans
The Epistle to the Hebrews
Apocalyptic Literature: Revelation
Introduction to New Testament Greek 
New Testament Greek Texts
Advanced Greek texts


Gospel and Context
Jesus as Teacher Contemporary Leadership 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

Transformation Project

Mark's Gospel Between the Testaments: a history of the Intertestamental Period
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 and public lectures

2018: 'Post Bible?' 75th Anniversary Lecture Series, Belfast Bible College

2014: Reading Paul in Pompeii: reading Paul in his Greco-Roman Context: Belfast Bible College Faculty Lecture 

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. Her experience of working in another culture has impacted her understanding of the importance of context for understanding. She is a member of Grace Fellowship Church and enjoys working with students.