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Catherine Sider-Hamilton

Professor of New Testament and New Testament Greek, Part-Time



The Rev. Dr. Catherine Sider Hamilton teaches New Testament and Greek at Wycliffe College and serves as Priest-in-Charge at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church Riverdale. She seeks in this way to live the vocation of a “scholar-priest,” serving Christ in both church and academy, in the conviction that the academic study of theology finds its goal and purpose in the life of the church, as it also nurtures and challenges the church. Her teaching and research interests include Gospels (especially Matthew), Paul, Second Temple Juda- ism and early Jewish biblical interpretation, history of Christian interpretation, women of the early and medieval church. Her monograph on Matthew was published by Cambridge Press in 2017. She has also published two volumes of essays for the church, as well as several journal articles and book chapters on Matthew, Paul, and History of Interpretation. She is fascinated by the way the church and Israel read their scriptures, and seeks to work at the intersection of biblical studies and theology, taking seriously the historical claim and location of the scriptures, as well as their witness and function as Word of God. She and her husband David have four (mostly) adult children and live in Toronto’s Greektown. She enjoys—after visiting her new grandchild—music, good books, David’s Indian cooking, and all things Italian.


Areas of Expertise

  • Gospels (esp. Matthew)
  • Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Second Temple Judaism and Early Jewish interpretation of Scripture
  • Early Church Women and Interpretation of Scripture—Perpetua, Egeria


Select Publications

  • Writing the Gospels: A Dialogue with Francis Watson. Edited by Catherine Sider Hamilton, with Joel Willitts. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019.
  • The Death of Jesus in Matthew: Innocent Blood and the End of Exile. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Francis Watson’s Gospel Writing: Scholarly Perspectives. Editor, with Joel Willitts. Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, forthcoming.
  • In Spirit and in Truth: The Challenge of Discernment for Canadian Anglicans Today. Edited by Catherine Sider Hamilton, Peter M. B. Robinson, and George Sumner. Vancouver: Regent, 2009.
  • “The Death of Judas in Matthew: Matt 27:9 Reconsidered,” JBL 137.2 (2018-forth- coming)
  • “Jonathan Edwards, Paul, and the Priority of Holiness: A Variant Reading,” JTI 7 (2013): 1-20.
  • “Blood and Secrets: The Re-telling of Genesis 1-6 in 1 Enoch 6-11 and its Echoes in Susanna and the Gospel of Matthew.” In “What Does the Scripture Say?” Studies in the Function of Scripture in the Gospels and Letters of Paul, Volume I: The Syn- optic Gospels, edited by Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias, 90-141. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • “‘His Blood Be upon Us’: Innocent Blood and the Death of Jesus in Matthew,” CBQ 70 (2008): 82-100.
  • “Egeria: Christianity.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 7, edited by Hans-Josef Klauck et al, 462-63. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009—.
  • “Sex and the Garden: Genesis 3 and the Sanctity of Human Relationships.” In In Spirit and in Truth: The Challenge of Discernment for Canadian Anglicans Today.
  • “Remembrance Day,” in Best Sermons 5 (San Francisco: Harper/Collins, 1992).