Parish of Kotara South – Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
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Church of the Good Shepherd
101 Joslin Street
Kotara NSW 2289 

PO Box 241 
Kotara NSW 2289 

Revd Dr Fergus King, 
10 Melissa Ave 
Adamstown Heights NSW 2289

Office: +61 02 4943 0103
Mobile +61 0403 772 431


Said Eucharist (not 1stSun)
  7.30 am
Sung Eucharist
  9.00 am
All Age Service
  5.00 pm
Said Eucharist
10.00 am
Reflection Moment
  • “We used to build civilisations. Now we build shopping malls.” Bill Bryson
    Neither Here Nor There



The Rev’d Dr Fergus King

My interests have been shaped by time spent as student teacher and priest in Scotland, Tanzania, England and Australia, as well as contacts elsewhere in Southern and Central Africa. African colleagues have imbued me with an sense of urgency: the study of mission and New Testament must have some purpose and matter-seriously. The Bible engages with issues of salvation and liberation, and its handling must earth those matters in the stuff of everyday life.

On the plus side this gives a great enthusiasm for the subject: I try to research with some fire in my belly. The downside is an impatience with some of the fustiness of New Testament Studies as a northern academic tradition. Above all, it raises issues of justice, and a great concern that the power of reading Scripture must not rest solely with those whom geography and circumstance sets in the privileged places of scholarship in the global north: there needs to be leveling of the playing field so that insights of all readers be respected, and not pushed to the margins by those who would limit valid scholarship to those well-versed in the rules of a guild.


Doctor of Theology, University of South Africa, 15/05/2006

Bachelor of Divinity (Honors), University of Edinburgh – Scotland, 14/07/1989

Master of Arts (Honours), University of St Andrews, 04/07/1985

Specialities: Hermeneutics, Post-Aristotelian Philosophy, Religion, The New Testament, Theology


The New Testament in its context (with an emphasis on socio-historical and rhetorical criticism), Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Bible in Africa, Hermeneutics- particularly the significance of Bahktin, Gadamer and Wittgenstein for reading the Scriptures, Missiology with particular reference to the NT.

LANGUAGES; Greek, Latin, Scots, Swahili, oh! and English.

I also work as Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle

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