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Professor Judith Lieu FBA

The New Testament, in particular the Johannine literature; early Christianity, its literature and thought, in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish first- and second-century contexts
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About this Fellow

Judith Lieu studied theology at the Universities of Durham and Birmingham, where she undertook a PhD in New Testament on the Second and Third Letters of John. In 2018 she retired as Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity. Before taking up that ChairĀ at the University of Cambridge (2007), she taught at the Queen's College Birmingham, at King's College London (where she was Professor of New Testament 1999-2007), and at Macquarie University (Sydney). Within the New Testament she specialises in the Johannine Literature, but much of her research and writing has also been focussed on the emergence of early Christianity and its literature in the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts in the second century CE. She is a Methodist Local Preacher and has filled a number of roles within the Methodist Church. She is a keen walker, in the hills when possible.



Current post

  • Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity Emerita, Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge

Past Appointments

  • Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Fellow of Robinson College, University of Cambridge, 2007 - 2018
  • Professor of New Testament Studies, King's College London, 1999 - 2007
  • Associate Professor in Early Jewish and Christian Studies, Macquarie University, Sydney, 1996 - 1998
  • Lecturer, Reader in Early Jewish and Christian Studies, King's College London, 1985 - 1995

British Academy Appointments

  • Member of Projects Committee, 2015 -
  • Theology and Religious Studies Standing Committee Member, 2018 -


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