Dr Tom Holland trained as an engineer but left to study theology after sensing God’s call to Christian service,
After graduating from London University with a Bachelor of Divinity, he accepted an invitation to establish a church 25 miles south of Cambridge. By God’s goodness it grew rapidly. In preaching regularly, Tom began to see that the Old Testament was far more present in the New Testament than generally recognised.
Believing this insight was the key to a better understanding of the New Testament, he studied the connection privately for the next 18 years and came to have a deep appreciation for the vital links between the two Testaments. During this transformative process, Dr Holland made a critical discovery—the Exodus was central to Old Testament’s main storyline and this theme was carried into the New Testament. He became convinced that without seeing this unitive storyline, the New Testament could only be partially understood and not in its full glory.
the vital links between the content of the two Testaments.
After 17 years of serving in the church south of Cambridge, Dr Holland established another one in a nearby town that also grew into a thriving congregation. In this season he was invited to become New Testament lecturer at what is now Union School of Theology in Bridgend, a position he held for 25 years. Soon after becoming a lecturer, Tom earned his PhD from the University of Wales for research into The Paschal New Exodus Motif in Paul’s Letter to the Romans with Special Attention to its Christological Significance, a study the examiner hailed as groundbreaking.
Dr Holland went on to become the Director of Biblical Research at the school, supervising over 20 students as they worked for their doctoral degrees. He also taught at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr Holland’s research and writings have established him as the world’s leading authority on the importance of the Paschal New Exodus Motif. His understanding that Paul used the Old Testament to make his case for gentile inclusion in the New Covenant Community has unlocked enormous insights. These have shown that the Hebrew Scriptures contain nine different meanings for the term ’justify’; importantly, these same meanings were carried over when the term was used by the New Testament writers.
In recognition of his work, Dr Holland was invited to give the prestigious triannual lecture in Biblical Theology at the Tyndale Fellowship in Cambridge, 2015 where several hundred scholars from around the world assembled to consider the latest findings in biblical and theological research. The reviews that accompany the books listed on this website are evidence of the high esteem in which world-leading scholars hold his work. Dr Holland has also been the visiting lecturer at various universities and seminaries around the world.
In his retirement, Tom continues his writing and wider teaching as the Senior Research Fellow of Union School of Theology. He is married to Barbara. They have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
The focus of Dr Holland’s books has always been the Church, not the academy. While his insights have been welcomed and accepted by many leading scholars and theologians throughout the world, he measures the success of his writings by whether they have helped believers grasp a fuller understanding of the glory of the person of Jesus Christ and the salvation His death and resurrection have secured.