Morna Hooker

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Morna Dorothy Hooker (born 19 May 1931) is a British theologian and New Testament scholar.

Early life and education[edit]

Morna Hooker was born in Beddington on 19 May 1931.[1] She went to Bristol University where she graduated with first class honours in theology, and then earned her MA.[2] She worked for a PhD degree at the University of Manchester, then at the University of Durham.

Career and research[edit]

She became a Research Fellow in Arts at Durham.[3] In 1961 she was elected into a temporary, then permanent lectureship at King's College London.[3] In 1970, she left for a lectureship in Theology at University of Oxford, with a fellowship at Linacre College, Oxford.[3]

She was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity within the University of Cambridge from 1976 to 1998,[3] becoming the first woman to hold the Cambridge degree of D.D.,[3] and as of 1998 is Professor Emerita. She holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bristol (1994)[3] and the University of Edinburgh (1997).[4]

She remains a Fellow of Robinson College, having joined the fellowship as a founding Fellow in 1977,[3] and is also a Fellow of King's College London (1979)[3] and an honorary Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford.[5]

Hooker was the first woman to be elected President of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, an international society of New Testament scholars (1988).[3] She was the first woman to become a joint editor of The Journal of Theological Studies.[3]

She has been an active Methodist local preacher.[2] She has also been Chair of the Wesley House Trustees.[6]

Her scholarly interests lie in early Christian thought in the setting of Jewish biblical inheritance.[6] Her research focuses in particular on the Epistles of Paul and the Gospel according to Mark, as well as on Christology.[2] Her theological standpoint on soteriology is Arminian.[7]

Personal life[edit]

She is the widow of fellow theologian and Methodist minister the Rev. David Stacey, and is sometimes styled Morna Hooker-Stacey.[3]


In 2004 she was awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy.[8][9]



  • Jesus and the Servant: The Influence of the Servant Concept of Deutero-Isaiah in the New Testament (1959)
  • The Son of Man in Mark (1967)
  • What about the New Testament? (jt. ed. 1975)
  • Interchange and atonement (1978)
  • Studying the New Testament (1979)
  • Pauline Pieces/A Preface to Paul (1980)
  • Paul and Paulinism (jt. ed. 1982)
  • Trial and tribulation in Mark XIII (1983)
  • The Message of Mark (1983)
  • Continuity and Discontinuity: Early Christianity in Its Jewish Setting (1986)
  • From Adam to Christ: Essays on St Paul (1990)
  • The Gospel according to St Mark (1993)
  • Not Ashamed of the Gospel: New Testament Interpretations of the Death of Christ (1994)
  • The Signs of a Prophet: The prophetic actions of Jesus (1997)
  • Beginnings: Keys that open the Gospels (1997)
  • Endings: Invitations to discipleship (2003)
  • Paul: A short introduction (2003)
  • Not in Word Alone (ed. 2003)
  • Paul: A beginner's Guide (2008)


  • Hooker, Morna (2009). "Authority on her Head: An Examination of I Cor. xi. 10". New Testament Studies. 10 (3).

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Sleeman 2002, p. 253, 254.
  2. ^ a b c Moule 1996, p. 1.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Moule 1996, p. 2.
  4. ^ Williams 1997.
  5. ^ LC 2020.
  6. ^ a b WH 2020.
  7. ^ Niemelä 2012, p. 24.
  8. ^ BA 2004.
  9. ^ Halcomb 2012, p. 29.


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