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Dr Anna Nürnberger

BA+MA [equiv.] PhD

Director of Research, Research Supervisor, Tutor

Anna is Director of Research at ALC, responsible for ensuring the excellence and quality of research at the College. She is also Lutheran Theological Journal Co-Editor and provides occasional tutorial assistance.

Research areas: New Testament, Early Christianity, Biblical Theology, Educational Theology
Location ALC North Adelaide

About

Anna was born in Germany and grew up in Nuremberg, as her last name coincidentally suggests. She studied in various disciplines including Theology, Philosophy, Psychology, English Linguistics, Anglophone Literature and Geography at Erlangen University and Augsburg University, both in Germany, and at Flinders University and the Adelaide College of Divinity in South Australia. Prior to commencing her PhD, Anna taught Lutheran Religious Education and English as a Foreign Language at various secondary schools in Bavaria, Germany. She has also worked as a Research Assistant and Lecturer at Hamburg University. Anna completed her doctorate in 2017, writing a thesis on doubt and other types of intrapersonal dissonance in antiquity.

In 2020 Anna joined ALC as the Postdoctoral Research Associate and LTJ Editorial Assistant. She was appointed Director of Research and LTJ Co-Editor in early 2022. Anna is accredited by the University of Divinity to deliver units in the disciplines of New Testament, Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages, Education Studies and Religious Education at all levels. She is also accredited to be a supervisor for a higher degree by research thesis.

Research supervision

Research areas: New Testament, Early Christianity, Biblical Theology, Educational Theology

See also Researcher Curriculum Vitae: Anna Nürnberger

Community engagement

Volunteer leader of German-speaking playgroup ‘Zwergenland’

Qualifications in detail

  • First State Examination (Teaching degree) for Academic Secondary Schools ('Gymnasium') in Bavaria, Germany Part I: Educational Sciences (School Psychology and School Pedagogy) (University of Augsburg, Germany, 2006)
  • First State Examination (Teaching degree) for Academic Secondary Schools ('Gymnasium') in Bavaria, Germany Part II: Subjects: English and Theology (Lutheran) (University of Augsburg, Germany, 2007)
  • Second State Examination (Teaching degree) for Academic Secondary Schools ('Gymnasium') in Bavaria, Germany
  • Government Accreditation/Certification as a Secondary School Teacher (Germany) ('Lehramtsassessorin'), 2009
  • Doctor of Philosophy (University of Augsburg, Germany, 2017)
  • Latinum (Willstätter-Gymnasium, Nuremberg, 2000)
  • Graecum (University of Augsburg, 2002)
  • Hebraicum (Augustana-Hochschule, Neuendettelsau, 2011)

Papers and publications

See also Researcher Curriculum Vitae: Anna Nürnberger

Books

2019

Zweifelskonzepte im Frühchristentum: Dipsychia und Oligopistia im Rahmen menschlicher Dissonanz- und Einheitsvorstellungen in der Antike. NTOA 122. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

Articles and contributions to books

2022

(forthcoming) ‘Assessing the usefulness of the psychological perspective on coping for the exploration of divine trials as religious struggles in Sir. 2.’ In Showcasing the Psyche in the Bible (current working title), edited by Heather A. McKay and Pieter van der Zwan. Sheffield Phoenix Press.

2021

‘Student agency through the Lutheran lens.’ Lutheran Theological Journal Supplement, no. 1 (May): 9–20.

2020

'The Lutheran Theological Journal—a survey of its history and current readership.' Lutheran Theological Journal 54, no. 1: 4–15.

Presentations

Since 2019; for a more complete list of Dr Nürnberger’s presentations see Researcher Curriculum Vitae: Anna Nürnberger

2022

‘Trajectories of “Doubt” in Early Christianity and Early Christian Studies.’ New Trajectories in Australian Research on Late Antiquity and Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University: Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Melbourne, 20 April.

‘Coping with Moral Conflict and Doubt in Early Judaism: 4 Maccabees and Philo of Alexandria as Case Studies.’ Parkville Plus Research Seminar, Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, 11 April.

‘Coping with Intrapersonal Religious Struggles in Early Judaism: Moral Conflict and Doubt in 4 Maccabees and Philo of Alexandria.’ Studies in Second Temple Judaism: A Global Enterprise, an international online conference (January 10-13, 2022), 11 January.

2021

‘Coping with Religious Struggles in the Book of Ben Sira: A Psychological Perspective.‘ Paper presented at a Research Seminar, Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, 27 September.

2019

'Dipsychia and Oligopistia as Concepts of Doubt in Early Christianity and the Development of Ideas on Intrapersonal Dissonance in Biblical Tradition.' Paper presented at the Joint Research Seminar, Australian Lutheran College, Adelaide, 19 August.

'Coping with Doubt and Dissonance in the Biblical Tradition: A Contribution to Historical Psychology.' Paper presented at the Research Hour, Uniting College/Adelaide College of Divinity, 7 November.

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