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Dr Justin Meggitt

Dr Justin Meggitt

University Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religion

Justin Meggitt is accepting applications for PhD students.

Office Phone: 01223 763030

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:

Social World of the NT; Jesus; Paul


Wolfson College:

Research Interests

  • Origins of Christianity
  • The historical Jesus
  • Magic and miracle
  • Disease and healing in early Christianity
  • Eschatology and apocalyptic in history and culture
  • Seventeenth-century religious radicalism and interreligious encounter
  • Anarchism, scepticism and religion

Other Professional Activities

  • Visiting Researcher, Institutionen för etnologi, religionshistoria och genusvetenskap, Stockholms universitet.
  • Co-founder of the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements
  • Co-chair of the British New Testament Conference Jesus Seminar
  • Member of the British Association for the Study of Religion, European Association for the Study of Religion, British New Testament Society, European Association of Biblical Studies, Society of Biblical Literature, Renaissance Society of America, Research Group in Early Modern Religious Dissents & Radicalism; Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Royal Society of the Arts, Westar Institute. 

Key Publications

  • 'Anachronism, Anarchism and the Historical Jesus.' Essays on Anarchism and Religion. Ed. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Matthew Adams. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2017, pp.124-197.
  • 'A visitation of love and gentle greeting of the Turk'; 'An Apology for the True Christian Divinity'; 'An additional account of George's Robinson's: shewing his call to go to Jerusalem'; 'Barclay, Robert', 'Blessed openings of a day of good things to the Turks'; 'Fisher, Mary'; 'Fox, George'; 'Islam and Christianity in the Works of George Fox'; 'Letter describing the audience with Sultan Mehmed IV'; 'Perrot, John'; 'Robinson, George'; 'Smith, Stephen'; 'Strange and Wonderful news from Italy'; 'Wholsome [sic] Advice'; 'Wilson, Elias', in Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • 'Did Magic Matter? The Saliency of Magic in the Early Roman Empire.' Journal of Ancient History 1.2 (2013), 1-60.
  • 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

Justin is a regular contributor to radio and TV programmes. In June 2013, he 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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