Harbour Parishes

Lent Group

'Journeying through the Gospels'

Session 3: An Introduction to Matthew's Gospel

Tuesday 9th March 6pm

Join us for an introduction to Matthew's Gospel from Dr Michael Dormandy (scroll down for biography)

followed by a time of discussion.

(There is no obligation to speak and you will not be put on the spot.)

Meeting ID: 988 6302 5349
Passcode: 273918

Session 1

23rd February 2021

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Session 1: The Synoptic Problem
Dr Jane McLarty

Session 2

2nd March 2021

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Session 2: Introduction to Mark's Gospel
Dr Jane McLarty

Dr Michael Dormandy

New Testament Tutor

Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxford


Michael is Lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College, Cuddesdon in Oxford. His research interests are Pauline studies and textual criticism (the study of Biblical manuscripts).

Michael grew up in London and went on to study Classics and later Theology at Oxford University, where he gained the Canon Hall Junior Prize for Greek and the Pusey and Ellerton Senior Prize for Hebrew. He then completed a PhD at Cambridge University in the earliest Greek manuscripts that contain the entire Bible.


His research has been published in Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism and Studia Patristica. He has also published a Latin textbook and a critical edition of a work by a seventeenth-century, Catholic priest, Bartholomaeus Holzhauser.


He has presented his research at venues including the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Munich and Innsbruck, and at the Princeton Scribal Habits Workshop, the Birmingham Textual Criticism Colloquium, the British New Testament Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He was a visiting student at the University of Salzburg and a Research Fellow at the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, Innsbruck.


Michael has always been active in church ministry alongside his academic research. He has worked on church staff teams for four years and during his PhD, he ministered actively in his college chapel, including serving for two terms as Lay Acting Chaplain. He has served in student ministry, homeless projects, and youth and children's groups. His “secular” work experience includes secondary school teaching and teaching English as foreign language.

Michael loves to help people understand and love the New Testament, whatever stage they’re at on their journey. He is married to Katherine and enjoys coffee, cake and any book or film with spies in it.

Dr Jane McLarty

New Testament Tutor

Westcott House, Cambridge


Jane read Classics at Cambridge and then worked in the City for 5 years before returning to study for the MPhil in Theology.
She worked for some 20 years or so in the collegiate University as Disability Adviser, Admissions Tutor for Lucy Cavendish College and finally Senior Tutor for Wolfson College.
Alongside this she studied for a PhD part-time with King's College London, and taught Greek and New Testament for the Divinity Faculty and Colleges.
Having stepped down from the Senior Tutor role she now gives her time to teaching at Westcott House Theological college in Cambridge.