Jon Morgan

Coordinator of the Centre for Theology, Imagination and Culture. Programme Leader, MA in Theology, Imagination and Culture.

Tel:  +44 (0)1722 424818

I come out of a background in biblical studies and in particular the field of reception history. My main academic interest lies in how scholars of theology and religion can read and interpret the so-called ‘secular’ texts of mass and popular culture in ways that take them seriously as sites of religious, philosophical, and political discourse and as proper subjects for theological reflection.

I have particular interests in political and ecological theologies and have taught widely in the areas of hermeneutics and biblical interpretation; the intersections of religion and politics, race, gender, ecology, and visual and popular culture (especially film and television); and ancient and modern conceptions of priesthood, ritual, sacrifice, magic, apocalypse, and death.

I am currently working on a research project focussed on theological analysis of depictions of the future in screen fiction, and in particular how such depictions interpret key political and cultural issues including the ecological crisis, racism and White supremacy, and gendered violence.

External Roles

Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Editorial Board, Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies

Selected Conference Papers

‘An Aid(e) That Fits: Genesis 2 and the Anthropological Machinery of Sex Robots’, Joint International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Old Testament Study and the European Association of Biblical Studies, Helsinki, August 2018.

‘Reading the Entrails: Interpreting the Rebooted Biblical Epic’, Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, November 2017.

‘Mohammad So-and-so from Such-and-such: the Future of the White Bible on Screen’, Bible, Critical Theory and Reception Seminar, Glasgow, September 2016.

‘Mohammad So-and-so from Such-and-such: Race and Whitewashing in Recent Representations of the Bible on Screen’. Ethnicity/Race/Religion: Identities, Ideologies, and Intersections in Biblical Texts and Interpretation Conference, University of Exeter, August 2016.

A Response to Love Sechrest’s ‘African American Biblical Interpretation, Race, and the Moral Analogy’, Ideologies of Race and their Impact on New Testament Interpretation Colloqium, University of Exeter, March 2016.

‘Interpreting the Entrails: Reading Religion in and through Exodus: Gods and Kings’, The Bible and Contemporary Culture Conference, University of Chichester, June 2015.

Selected Publications

Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge (New York, NY and London: Routledge, 2017) [co-edited with Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch].

‘The Innocent, the Image, and the White Imagination: Noah as Ecological Mythology’, in Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch and Jon Morgan (eds.), Noah as Antihero: Darren Aronofsky’s Cinematic Deluge (New York, NY and London: Routledge, 2017), 199–220.

‘Examining the Entrails: Reading Religion in and through Exodus: Gods and Kings’, Biblical Reception 4, (2016), 57–74.

‘“The filling of the days of your filling”: The Role and Scope of Consecration in P’, Judaïsme ancien / Ancient Judaism 4, (2016), 41–56.

‘Visitors, Gatekeepers and Receptionists: Reflections on the Shape of Biblical Studies and the Role of Reception History’, in John Lyons and Emma England (eds.), Reception History and Biblical Studies: Theory and Practice (London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2015), 61–76.

‘Sacrifice in Leviticus: Eco-Friendly Ritual or Unholy Waste?’, in David Horrell, Cherryl Hunt, Christopher Southgate and Francesca Stavrakopoulou (eds.), Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical, and Theological Perspectives (London: T&T Clark, 2010), 32–45.


2006-2010 PhD Theology, University of Exeter (full AHRC Scholarship)
Thesis: ‘Land, Rest and Sacrifice: Ecological Reflections on the Book of Leviticus’

2004-2005 MA Theology (Distinction), University of Exeter
Dissertation: ‘Slaying the Sea: Some Biblical Insights into Chaos, Fear and Political Power’

2001-2004 BA Theological Studies (1st Class), University of Exeter
Dissertation: ‘The Role and Significance of atheism (sic) and Idolatry in the Prophetic’