About this Fellow
Wayne A. Meeks is Woolsey Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus in the Department of Religious Studies, Yale University, where he taught from 1969 until 1999. He was Chairman of the Department 1972-75, Acting Chairman 1978-79, 1982-83, and Director of the Division of the Humanities of the University 1988-91. Earlier, he taught at Indiana University 1966-69 and Dartmouth College 1964-65. Ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1956, he served as a university pastor for a time in Memphis and later at Yale. He has been president of the two leading professional societies in his field, the Society of Biblical Literature (1985) and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2004-2005). He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala and is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is best known for his publications on the writings of the apostle Paul and on the Fourth Gospel, for his investigation of the social history of earliest Christianity, and for work on the formation of early Christian morality.
- Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
The languages, religions and history of pre-Islamic Iran and Central Asia with special attention to Zoroastrianism; Ancient and Middle Iranian philology and linguistics
The doctrines of creation and providence, relationship of church and state, engagement with the 'new atheism', and the history of Reformed theology, especially in Scotland
Hindu religious literature in the Middle Ages (post-Gupta period); comparative religion, with particular reference to Hinduism and Christianity; philosophical phenomenology and hermeneutics
Intellectual currents and imperial horizons in the first millennium CE, from Augustus to Avicenna, Central Asia to the Atlantic. Emergent Islam in its late antique context