Rebecca’s theological studies began with a BA from Oxford University and an MA in Theological Research from Durham, before she returned to Oxford to complete a DPhil on the Psalter. Her first post was as a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at what is now the University of Cumbria and Senior Tutor for the then Carlisle and Blackburn Diocesan Training Institute. This was followed (after a career break) with three years working within the Cambridge Theological Federation as a Lecturer and Director of Studies for the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC) and as a Research Fellow of Derby University. She is an affiliated lecturer of the University of Cambridge and in 2013 became a Research Associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge, working on a project together with Meric Srokosz, an oceanographer from the National Oceanographic Centre, on “The Sea in Scripture”. This is a study of the biblical material on the oceans with the aim of developing a biblical theology of the sea and applying this to how Christians should treat the ocean, the creatures living in it and the resources it contains. She joined St Hild in December 2016. Rebecca works with our pathways team to provide academic management and pathway support for all our students. She leads modules in Advanced Old Testament Studies and postgraduate research skills. Rebecca lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, their two children and two dogs.
- Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of The Theme of 'Chaos' in the Hebrew Bible (BZAW 341; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005).
- With David Chalcraft and Frauke Uhlenbruch (ed.), Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific and Cultural Approaches in Biblical Studies (The Bible and Social Science 1; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2014).
- “ ‘I Shall Not Want’? A Psychological Interpretation of Psalm 23” in David Chalcraft, Rebecca S. Watson and Frauke Uhlenbruch (ed.), Methods, Theories, Imagination: Social Scientific and Cultural Approaches in Biblical Studies (The Bible and Social Science 1; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2014).
- “ ‘Therefore we will not fear’? The Psalms of Zion in Psycho-Linguistic Perspective” in Hilary Marlow and James Aitken (ed.), The City in the Hebrew Bible (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming).
- “Creatures in Creation: Human-Marine Relations in the Hebrew Bible in Ecological Perspective” in Hilary Marlow and Ailsa Hunt (ed.), Greening the Gods in the Ancient World (London: Bloomsbury, Forthcoming).
- With Meric Srokosz, Blue Planet, Blue God (London: SCM, forthcoming).
Research and Supervision Interests
- The Psalter, particularly as read from a psychological perspective
- The relation between the Bible and the wider ancient Near East, especially as it impacts on the understanding of the sea.
- The Bible and Ecology