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Dr Justin Meggitt

Dr Justin Meggitt

University Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion and the Origins of Christianity, Institute of Continuing Education

Justin Meggitt is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: 01223 746270

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:

Social World of the NT; Jesus; Paul


Wolfson College:

Research Interests

  • Origins of Christianity
  • The historical Jesus
  • Paul
  • New Testament ethics
  • Magic
  • Miracle
  • Perceptions of disease and healing in early Christianity.
  • Eschatology and apocalyptic in history and culture.
  • Popular culture in the early Roman empire.
  • Seventeenth-century religious radicalism and interreligious encounter.


  • The letters of Paul (B4)
  • New Testament Ethics (D1b)

Other Professional Activities

  • Development Committee; Governing Body, Wolfson College.
  • Visiting Researcher, Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap, Stockholms universitet.
  • Former member of the Editorial Board of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament and the Council for the Scientific Examination of Religion Review.
  • Member of the Prophecy Project, Oxford University, the Jesus Project, Amherst NY, and the Westar Institute.
  • eLearning (VLEs and open source); media (script adviser for religious issues in documentary and drama for television and radio).

Key Publications

  • Early Quakers and Islam: Slavery, Apocalyptic and Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Seventeenth Century. Studies on Inter-Religious Relations. Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2013.
  • "The Psycho-Social Context of Jesus' Miracles."Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives.Ed. Fraser Watts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 17-43.
  • "Popular mythology in the early empire and the multiplicity of Jesus traditions." Sources of the Jesus Tradition: An Inquiry. Ed. R. Joseph Hoffmann. Buffalo: Prometheus, 2010, pp. 53-80.
  • "The Madness of King Jesus: Why was Jesus Put to Death, but his Followers were not?" Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 29.4 (2007) 379-413.
  • "Magic and Early Christianity: Consumption and Competition." The Meanings of Magic: From the Bible to Buffalo Bill. Ed. A. Wygrant. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 89- 116.
  • Paul, Poverty and Survival. Edinburgh: T and T Clark, 1998.

Other Publications

In June 2013, Justin joined Melvyn Bragg and guests on BBC Radio 4's 'In Our Time' programme to discuss the meaning and significance of prophecy in the Abrahamic religions.

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