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Faculty

Dr. Grace W.Y. Au
Assistant Professor of New Testament StudiesDirector of Master of Arts in Theology Program
PHONE: 902-585-2221EMAIL: grace.au@acadiau.caOFFICE #: 207

Dr. Grace W.Y. Au joined Acadia Divinity College as Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies on August 1, 2023. Grace also carries administrative responsibilities directing the Master of Arts (Theology) program.

Grace holds a PhD in New Testament and Christian Origins (2021), jointly awarded by the University of Edinburgh and the China Graduate School of Theology. She also earned a ThM in New Testament Studies (2017) and a Master of Christian Studies in Biblical Hermeneutics (2013) from the China Graduate School of Theology where she received the Theological Studies Award. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2009) from the University of Hong Kong.

Most recently, Grace has held the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the China Graduate School of Theology. Her area of expertise and research has centred on the New Testament, with an emphasis on Pauline Studies. In addition, her teaching interests include Early Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman background, and sociolinguistic theory and hermeneutics in Biblical interpretation.

Grace is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the European Association of Biblical Studies and has ministered amongst churches in Hong Kong. She is married to Rev. Caleb K.F. Cheng, and together they have a daughter.

EDUCATION

BA (University of Hong Kong)
MCS (China Graduate School of Theology)
ThM (China Graduate School of Theology)
PhD (University of Edinburgh and China Graduate School of Theology)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

The Epistle to the Romans
Pauline Epistles and Theology of Paul
Early Christianity in its Jewish and Greco-Roman background 
New Testament Theology 
Sociolinguistic theory and Biblical exegesis

COURSES COMMONLY TAUGHT

Foundations of New Testament Greek 1 & 2
Intermediate Greek 
Greek Exegesis of Romans and Galatians
Interpreting the Bible

SELECT MEDIA / PUBLICATIONS

MonographPaul’s Designations of God in Romans. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2/590. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2023. ISBN: 978-3-16-162065-2
Co-Author: Luke Leuk Cheung, Xia Xia E. Xue, Grace Wing-yi Au, Chun Ling Yu and Joyce Wai-lan Sun, Theology of the Four Gospels. CGST Theology for the Church Series. Hong Kong: Christian Communications Limited, 2023. ISBN: 978-988-76521-8-2
Conference Paper: Pauls divine designation in Romans 4:5 a socio-linguistic study of the thematic meaning of  τὸν δικαιοῦντα τὸν ἀσεβῆ” presented at Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics (Denver, November 2022). 
 

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