Mr. Edmund Y. M. LEUNG
Personal Vision & Mission
Before joining the Master of Divinity programme at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary, I studied a theological course on the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. The course lecturer, Dr Jonathan W. Lo, enables me to realise the diverse and innovative approaches to intertextual analysis in the NT from a historical perspective. I have been fascinated by the significance of intertextual analysis in understanding the New Testament texts. In his book Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, Richard B. Hays further develops my poetic vision of how intertextual references function to characterise the Gospel’s narrative. My interest in intertextuality, narratology and the Gospel’s narrative then so becomes the central focus of my doctorate thesis.
Throughout my theological training in Edinburgh, I have also been influenced by my supervisor Professor Alison Jack to approach biblical texts from various literary and social scientific perspectives. The variety of biblical interpretations has offered fresh insights into the use of various exegetical methods and the meaning of the biblical texts, especially readings of the Gospel’s narratives and Jesus’ parables recounted in the canonical Gospels.
In the following academic and theological education journey, I will also attempt to integrate my academic research with the faith of the Christian community through the engagement of biblical theology. In my view, the theologising process of interpreting the biblical texts would lead me to realise the relationship between the Trinity and the disciples’ community in terms of the canonical context.
In addition, establishing connections among the ongoing theological education and training, the work of ministers and the lives of the congregation will be one of the committed works in my ministry of theological education.
“Does the Original Literary Background of an Intertextual Reference to the Hebrew Bible have a Role in the Gospel’s Narrative Environment?” Presentation at the Scottish Universities Biblical Studies Postgraduate Day Conference, June 5, 2023.
“A Narrative-Critical Analysis of Ezek 34:5 in Mark 6:34 in the Lens of Metalepsis.” Presentation at the Biblical Studies Seminar of the University of Edinburgh, October 13, 2022.
“A Spatial Examination of the Disciples Being with Jesus in Mark’s Narrative by Soja’s Thirdspace Theory.” Presentation at the British New Testament Conference, August 18–20, 2022.
Review of Literary Theory and the New Testament, by Michal Beth Dinkler, Hill Road Issue 51 (Jun 2023): 196-204.
Review of Parables of Time an Eternity, by Keith Ward, Hill Road Issue 49 (Jun 2022): 161–169。
Review of The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, by Helen K. Bond, Hill Road Issue 47 (Jun 2021): 197–206.
Review of The Gospels as Stories: A Narrative Approach in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, by Jeannine K. Brown, Hill Road Issue 46 (Dec 2020): 202–210.
Review of Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels, by Richard B. Hays, Hill Road Issue 40 (Dec 2017): 151–158.