Dr David Instone-Brewer

Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament

Contact Details:


B.D. hons (Cardiff); Ph.D. (Cantab)


Tyndale Fellowship (TF)
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS)
British Association for Jewish Studies (BAJS)
Society for Biblical Literature (SBL - now and then)
Committee for Bible Translation (CBT - translators of the NIV)

Research Interests:

Rabbinic background to the New Testament with special interest in dating rabbinic sources.
Electronic resources for Biblical Studies.

Some of my websites:

Academic Publications:

  • 1991: "Mene Mene Teqel Uparsin: Daniel 5.25 in Cuneiform" (Tyndale Bulletin 1991 42.2 pp. 310-316). (online version)
  • 1992: Techniques and Assumptions in Jewish Exegesis Before 70 CE. (Mohr & Siebeck, Tübingen, Vol.30 of Texte und Studien zum Antiken Judentum). (Googlebooks)
  • 1992: "1 Corinthians 9.9-11: A Literal Interpretation of 'Do Not Muzzle the Ox'" (New Testament Studies 38 1992 p554-565). (pre-pub version)
  • 1996: "Three Weddings and a Divorce - God's marriage to Judah, Israel and the Church" (Tyndale Bulletin 47, 1996, 1-26). (online version)
  • 1996: "Jesus and the Psychiatrists" in The Unseen World: Christian Reflections on Angles, Demons and the Heavenly Realm Ed Anthony N.S.Lane (Baker Books, Grand Rapids, Paternoster, Cumbria, 1996) pp. 133-148.(pre-pub version)
  • 1997: "Deuteronomy 24:1-4 and the Origin of the Jewish Divorce Certificate", (Journal of Jewish Studies 49, 1998, 230-243) (pre-pub version)
  • 1998: "Nomological Exegesis in Qumran 'Divorce' Texts", (Revue de Qumran, 18, 1998, 561-579) (pre-pub version)
  • 1999: "Jewish women divorcing their husbands in early Judaism: the background to papyrus Se'elim 13", (Harvard Theological Review, 92, 1999, 349-57) (pre-pub version)
  • 1999: Consultant editor on the Gospels and three articles in the New Lion Handbook of the Bible (Oxford: Lion, 1999)
  • 1999: "Comfort" in the New dictionary of Biblical theology eds., T. Desmond Alexander, Brian S. Rosner. consulting editors: D.A. Carson, Graeme Goldworthy, Steve Carter (Leicester. Inter-Varsity. 2000 ) (pre-pub version)
  • 1999: "The Use of Rabbinic Sources in Gospel Studies", (Tyndale Bulletin 50, 1999, 281-298) (online version)
  • 2000: "Jesus' Old Testament Basis for Monogamy", in The Old Testament in the New Testament: Essays in Honour of J.L.North ed. Steve Moyise, JNTS Supp 189 (Sheffield: Sheffield Ac Press, 2000) 75-105 (pre-pub version)
  • 2000: "Jesus's Last Passover in the Synoptics and in John", (Expository Times, 112, 2001, 122-123) (pre-pub version)
  • 2001: "1 Corinthians 7 in the light of the Graeco-Roman Marriage and Divorce Papyri" (Tyndale Bulletin, 52, 2001, 101-116). (online version)
  • 2001: "1 Corinthians 7 in the light of the Jewish Greek and Aramaic Marriage and Divorce Papyri" (Tyndale Bulletin, 52, 2001, 225-243) (online version)
  • 2002: "Choosing a Legal System in Early Judaism" in Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Ancient, Medieval, Modern (Brill, forthcoming). (pre-pub version)
  • 2002: Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: the social and literary context (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002) (website)
  • 2002: "Paul's Literal Interpretation of 'Do not muzzle the ox'", in The Trustworthiness of God: Perspectives on the Nature of Scripture eds. Paul Helm and Carl R. Trueman (Eerdmans, 2002) (pre-pub version)
  • 2003: "The Two Asses of Zechariah 9:9 in Matthew 21" (Tyndale Bulletin, 54, 2003, 87-98) (online version)
  • 2003: "The Eighteen Benedictions and the Minim Before 70 CE" (Journal of Theological Studies, NS, 54, 2003, 25-44) (pre-pub version)
  • 2004: "Theology of Hermeneutics", in Encyclopedia of Midrash: biblical interpretation in formative Judaism eds. Jacob Neusner and Alan J. Avery Peck (Brill, 2004) (pre-pub version)
  • 2004: "James as a Sermon on the Trials of Abraham" in The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B.W. Winter on his 65th Birthday, eds P.J. Williams, Andrew D. Clarke, Peter M. Head, David Instone-Brewer (Eerdmans, 2004): 250-268. (pre-pub version)
  • 2004: "Comparing Neusner's and Guggenheimer's Translations of the Jerusalem Talmud" (Review of Rabbinic Judaism 7, 2004, 176-184) (pre-pub version)
  • 2004: Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament, vol.1 Prayer and Agriculture (Online Version) (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
  • 2006: "The Scandal of Equality in Jesus' Ethical Teaching" in Priscilla Papers 20 (2006) 2:17-22. (pre-pub version)
  • 2008: "Balaam-Laban as the key to the Old Testament quotations in Matthew 2" in Built upon the Rock: studies in the Gospel of Matthew, ed. Daniel M. Gurtner (Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cambridge, U.K. : Eerdmans, 2008) 207-227. (pre-pub version)
  • 2009: "Jewish Associations in Roman Palestine: Evidence from the Mishnah" by David Instone-Brewer and Philip A. Harland (JGRChJ 5, 2009, 200-221) (pre-pub version)
  • 2009: "Review Article: Richard M. Davidson's Flame of Yahweh: A Theology of Sexuality in the Old Testament" by David Instone-Brewer (Andrews University Seminary Studies, 46, 2008, 245-250) (pre-pub version)
  • 2009: "Infanticide and the apostolic decree of Acts 15" (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 52, 2009, 301-321) (pre-pub version)
  • 2011: "Rabbinic Writings in New Testament Research" in vol.II of The Handbook of the Study of the Historical Jesus (4 vols, eds. Tom Holmén & Stanley E. Porter; Leiden: Brill, 2011) pp.1687-1721 (pre-pub version)
  • 2011: Traditions of the Rabbis from the Era of the New Testament, vol.2 Feasts and Sabbaths: Passover and Atonement) (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011) (website)
  • 2011: "Jesus of Nazareth’s Trial in the Uncensored Talmud" (Tyndale Bulletin, 62, 2011, 269-294)(pre-pub version)
  • 2012: "Old Testament Text beyond Qumran" (Faith and Thought 52, April 2012) (pre-pub version)
  • 2017: "Evidence of Non-Heterosexual Inclinations in First Century Judaism" in Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, doctrinal and contemporary perspectives ed. Thomas A. Noble, Sara K Whittle, Philip S. Johnston. (London: Apollos IVP, 2017) p.138-154 (pre-pub version)
  • 2017: "Eternal Punishment in First-Century Jewish Thought" in A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor of Edward Fudge edited by Christopher M. Date and Ron Highfield
    (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2015): p.215-244 (pre-pub version)
  • 2017: "Reading Mark 10.1-12 in Context" in Reading Mark in Context: Mark and Second Temple Judaism edited by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston (Zondervan 2017) (pre-pub version)


Less-academic Publications:

  • 2011: Embarrassing Bible Texts? (a column in Christianity magazine - see the Archive)
  • 2012: The Jesus Scandals (Lion Hudson, 2012)

An informal bio.