The Team

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Professor James Harrison

Professor of Biblical Studies & Distinguished Professor, Office of the Dean

James R. Harrison (PhD, Macquarie University, 1997) has been Professor of Biblical Studies and the Research Director at the Sydney College of Divinity, Australia, since 2013. He is now Distinguished Professor at the Sydney College of Divinity, formerly he was the Head of Theology at Wesley Institute, Drummoyne, from 2002-2012, having taught there as a senior lecturer from 1998. Prior to his appointment at Wesley Institute, he was the Director of the School of Christian Studies at Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University, 2000-2001.

Jim has been a member of the Society of New Testament Studies since 2011. With Professor L. L. Welborn (Forham), he co-convened the Polis and Ekklesia Session at the SBL Annual Meeting (2011-2016) and, with Professor Peter Arzt-Grabner (Salzburg), currently co-convenes the ‘Papyrology, Epigraphy and the New Testament’ Seminar at the annual SNTS General Meeting (2019-2023). He has published four monographs, edited 13 edited books, and has published many articles and book chapters with international presses. He is the editor of the series New Documents Illustrating the History of Early Christianity Vols 11-15 (Eerdmans) and is co-editor, with L. L. Welborn, of The First Urban Churches Vols 1-5 (2015-2019: SBL Press), with four additional volumes forthcoming. Before his academic career, he taught ancient history in two state high schools from 1976-1990.

  • 2020

    Reading Romans with Roman Eyes: Studies on the Social Perspective of Paul

    Minneapolis: Lexington Book/Fortress Academic Press, 2020

  • 2019

    Paul and the Ancient Celebrity Circuit: The Cross and Moral Transformation

    Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019

  • 2019

    The First Urban Christians Volume 5: Colossae, Hierapolis, and Laodicea

    Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019

  • 2011

    Paul and the Imperial Authorities: A Study in the Conflict of Ideology

    Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011

  • 2003

    Paul’s Language of Grace in Its Graeco-Roman Context

    Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003

Book Chapters and Refereed Articles
  • 2017

    Beneficence to the Poor in Luke’s Gospel in Its Mediterranean Context: A Visual and Documentary Approach

    Australian Biblical Review 65 (2017): 30-46.

  • 2016

    Sponsors of Paideia: Ephesian Benefactors, Civic Virtue and the New Testament

    Early Christianity 7.3 (2016): 346-367.

  • 2016

    The Erasure of Honour: Paul and the Politics of Dishonour

    Tyndale Bulletin 66.2 (2016): 161-184.

  • 2013

    Paul’s “Indebtedness” to the Barbarian (Rom 1:14) in Latin West Perspective

    Novum Testamentum 55.4 (2013): 311-348.

  • 2013

    Augustan Rome and the Body of Christ: A Comparison of the Social Vision of the Res Gestae and Paul’s Letter to the Romans

    Harvard Theological Review 106.1 (2013): 1-36.