John P. Meier

John P.  Meier

Endowed Professor
William K. Warren Professor of Theology
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


B.A., St. Joseph's Seminary and College [New York], 1964

S.T.L., Gregorian University [Rome], 1968

S.S.D., Biblical Institute [Rome], 1976

Licentiate in Theology from the Gregorian University in Rome (awarded summa cum laude with gold medal

Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Biblical Institute, Rome (awarded summa cum laude with gold medal).

Research and Teaching Interests

Meier's scholarly interests are in the area of New Testament, specifically the historical Jesus and the Gospel of Matthew, as well as Palestinian Judaism in the first century A.D. and the relation of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas to the Synoptic Gospels. Having published the first four volumes of his series A Marginal Jew in 1991, 1994, 2001, and 2009, the fifth volume in the series, Probing the Authenticity of the Parables, was published in January, 2016, by Yale University Press. All the volumes of A Marginal Jew have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Meier has also written six other books as well as over seventy articles for peer-reviewed or solicited journals or books.

At various times he has been the editor or associate editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, New Testament Studies, and Dead Sea Discoveries. He is a member of the international advisory committee of the Cardinal Suenens Program in Theology and Church Life. From 1983 to 2002, he was a member of the international dialogue between the Disciples of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. In May of 1999, he delivered one of the major invited lectures at the 75th anniversary of the Biblical Institute in Rome. In June-July of 2005, he delivered four lectures at the meeting of Australian-New Zealand Theological Society at Perth, Australia. On Nov. 22, 2009, he took part in and addressed an international panel of scholars discussing various aspects of vol. 4 of A Marginal Jew during the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. On March 16, 2011, he delivered the annual Reading of the Sacred Texts lecture at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. On Oct. 25, 2013, he delivered one of the major lectures at the Vatican-sponsored conference, "The Gospels:  History and Christology," held at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, in honor of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


Recent Publications


1991-2015. A Marginal Jew, Vol. 1-5. New York: Anchor Bible Reference Library Series, Doubleday.

2015. Jésus et le divorce. Paris: Les Editions du CERF.

1990. The Mission of Christ and His Church. Wilmington, DE: Glazier.

With Raymond E. Brown. 1983. Antioch and Rome. New York: Paulist.

1980. Access Guide to Matthew. New York: Sadlier.

1980. Matthew. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.

1979. The Vision of Matthew. New York: Paulist.

1976. Law and History in Matthew's Gospel. Rome: Biblical Institute.

Book Chapters:

2013. "The Historical Figure of Jesus:  The Historical Jesus and His Historical Parables," in The Gospels:  History and Christology 2 vols.; ed. Bernardo Estrada et al., vol. 1, pp. 237-60. Vatican City:  Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

2012. "The Parable of the Wicked Tenants of the Vineyard: Is the Gospel of Thomas Independent of the Synoptics?," in Frank Matera Festschrift. Atlanta: SBL.

2010. "Petrine Ministry in the New Testament and in the Early Patristic Traditions," in How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church?  Ed. James F. Puglisi, pp. 13-33. Grand Rapids, MI/ Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans.

2011. "Basic Methodology in the Quest for the Historical Jesus," in Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus. Ed. Tom Holmen and S. E. Porter, pp. 291-331. Leiden: Brill.

2008. "The Historical Jesus and the Historical Sabbath," in Redefining First-Century Jewish and Christian Identities. E. P. Sanders Festschrift. Ed. Fabian E. Udoh et al., pp. 297-307. Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame Press.


2012. "The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds (Matt 13:24-30): Is Thomas's Version (Logion 57) Independent?" JBL 131.

2012. "Is Luke's Version of the Parable of the Rich Fool Reflected in the Coptic Gospel of Thomas?" CBQ 74.



Delivered two lectures, “Disputed Questions about the Synoptic Parables: Reflections on Volume Five of A Marginal Jew,’ and “The Distinction between Christology and the Quest for the Historical Jesus,” on Oct. 19, 2016 at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome, Italy; the lectures will be published in the Lateran’s theological journal in 2017; the Lateran’s silver medal was awarded to me by the Rector of the Lateran University at the beginning of the second lecture.  Delivered a paper and participated in a panel focused on Volume V (Probing the Authenticity of the Parables) of my series, A Marginal Jew, at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Antonio, TX, on Nov. 19, 2016.


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