Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Since 2009 I have been teaching and doing research in New Testament Studies at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, being employed as a senior lecturer beginning in 2014 and appointed reader (Privatdozent) in 2015. In addition to that, I serve the department as Director of undergraduate studies in religion and theology during 2012-17.

My research has primarily focussed on questions about the historical Jesus and the Gospels, although my current interest is in Paul and his place within the Hellenistic tradition of 'paideia'.

Contributing to high-quality education, both in terms of scholarly level and pedagogical standards, is one of my concerns. I teach and supervise undergraduate students of New Testament studies and act as an assistant supervisor of one PhD project.

By the end of December 2017, my employment with Lund University terminates and I will complete my transfer to the University of Gothenburg.


About the research

The topic of my dissertation was the historical Jesus and the forgiveness of sins. Beyond that study I have devoted research time both to the historical Jesus and to interpretation of the Gospels in the light of ancient rhetorical textbooks. Moreover I have worked on the genre and Old Testament background of the Gospel of John. I also have a more general interest in how the New Testament displays influences from the Old Testament and early Jewish literature.

Presently I am carrying out a larger project about Paul and his place within the Hellenistic tradition of 'paideia'.


Books (3)
Editorships (3)
Articles (9)
Book chapters (9)
Reviews (20)
Newspaper articles (14)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications

2011-14 Co-ordinator, The Study of the Historical Jesus Research Group, European Association of Biblical Studies

2012-13 Review editor, Svensk exegetisk årsbok

2013-16 Editorial secretary, Svensk exegetisk årsbok

2016- Member of the Board, Akademi för bibelvetenskap [Swedish Academy of Biblical Studies]

2016- Member of Vetenskapssocieteten, Lund

2017- Member of the steering committee of the Historical Jesus section, Society of Biblical Literature

Tobias Hägerland

Senior Lecturer, Reader
Biblical Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Director of Studies
Centre for Theology and Religious Studies

Contact information

E-mail tobias.hagerlandctr.luse

Phone +46 46 222 97 53

Room LUX:B119

Visiting address Helgonavägen 3, Lund

Postal address Box 192, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 30