John T. Fitzgerald

John T. Fitzgerald

Director of Master of Theological Studies and Early Christian Studies
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


Ph.D., Yale University (1984)

M.Phil., Yale University (1981)

M.A., Yale University (1979)

Universität Tübingen  (1975-1976)

M.Div., Yale Divinity School (1975)

M.A., Abilene Christian University (1972)

B.A., Abilene Christian University (1970); summa cum laude

Auburn University (1966-1967)

Research and Teaching Interests

Among the areas Fitzgerald is currently researching are the role of friendship in the spread of early Christianity, the economy — including issues such as the attitude of the church and the government regarding unemployment — and domestic violence in antiquity.

Recent Publications

Ed. with Carl R. Holladay, Gregory E. Sterling, and James W. Thompson. 2014. Abraham J. Malherbe, Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity. Collected Essays, 1959-2012, Supplements to Novum Testamentum 150; 2 vols.Leiden: Brill.
Ed. with Herrie F. van Rooy and Fika J. van Rensburg. 2014. Animosity, the Bible, and Us: Some European, North American, and South African Perspectives. Global Perspectives on Biblical Scholarship 12; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature; Leiden: Brill.
Ed. 2008. Passions and Moral Progress in Greco-Roman Thought. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. London: Routledge.
Ed. with Wayne A. Meeks. The Writings of St. Paul: Annotated Texts, Reception, and Criticism. Norton Critical Editions in the History of Ideas. 2nd ed. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Ed. with Thomas H. Olbricht and L. Michael White. 2005. Early Christianity and Classical Culture: Comparative Studies in Honor of Abraham J. Malherbe. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 110. Leiden: Brill.
Ed. with Dirk Obbink, and Glenn S. Holland. 2004. Philodemus and the New Testament World. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 111. Leiden: Brill.
Ed. 1997. Greco-Roman Perspectives on Friendship. Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study Series 34. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
Ed. 1996. Friendship, Flattery, and Frankness of Speech: Studies on Friendship in the New Testament World. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 82. Leiden: Brill.
1988. Cracks in an Earthen Vessel: An Examination of the Catalogues of Hardships in the Corinthian Correspondence. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 99. Atlanta: Scholars Press.
Trans. with L. Michael White. 1983. The Tabula of Cebes. Society of Biblical Literature Texts and Translations Series 24; Graeco-Roman Religion Series 7. Chico, CA: Scholars Press.
Book Chapters:

2016: “Galen and His Letter on Grief,” In die Skriflig / In Luce Verbi 50:2 (2016): Art. #2056, 7 pages.

2016: “Orphans in Mediterranean Antiquity and Early Christianity,” in Perspectives on the Socially Disadvantaged, ed. D.F. Tolmie, Acta Theologica Supplement Series 23 (2016): 29-48.

2016: “Paul and Friendship,” in Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook (ed. J. Paul Sampley; 2nd ed.; 2 vols.; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 1:331-62. 

2014. “Galen’s De indolentia in the Context of Greco-Roman Medicine, Moral Philosophy, and Physiognomy,” in Galen’s De indolentia: Essays on a Newly Discovered Letter, ed. C. K. Rothschild and T. W. Thompson, pp. 203-20. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 88; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
2014. “Myth, Allegory, and the Derveni Papyrus,” in Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language, and Imagination, ed. D. E. Callender, Jr., pp. 229-42. SBL Resources for Biblical Study 78; Atlanta: SBL Press.
2013. “Fixed Texts, Sociohistorical Contexts, and Hermeneutical Implications,” in “The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers, ed. Caroline Johnston Hodge, Saul M. Olyan, Daniel Ullucci, and Emma Wasserman, pp. 17-27. Brown Judaic Studies 356; Providence, Rhode Island: Brown Judaic Studies.
2013. “Greco-Roman Philosophical Schools,” in The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts, ed. Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald, pp. 135-48. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.
With William Scott Green. 2011. “Conclusions, Observations, and Limitations: Reflections on the Visions of the Social Order Collaborative Project” in Judaic and Christian Visions of the Social Order: Describing, Analyzing, and Comparing Systems of the Formative Age, ed. J. Neusner, B.D. Chilton, and A.J. Avery-Peck, pp. 363-76. Studies in Religion and the Social Order; Lanham: University Press of America.
2011. “Egnatius, the Breathalyzer Kiss, and an Early Instance of Domestic Homicide at Rome,” in Text, Image, and Christians in the Graeco-Roman World: A Festschrift in Honor of David Lee Balch, ed. Aliou Cissé Niang and Carolyn Osiek, pp. 119-31. Princeton Theological Monograph Series; Eugene, Oregon.
With William Scott Green. 2011. “How Does Religion Imagine Society?” in Judaic and Christian Visions of the Social Order: Describing, Analyzing, and Comparing Systems of the Formative Age, ed. J. Neusner, B.D. Chilton, and A.J. Avery-Peck, pp. 1-29. Studies in Religion and the Social Order; Lanham: University Press of America.
2011. “Oath: IV. New Testament,” in Religion Past and Present, ed. H. D. Betz et al, pp. 9:252-3. Leiden: Brill.



Fitzgerald has spent the past 31 years at the University of Miami, where he served most recently as chair of the Department of Religious Studies. His work includes nine books as an author, translator and editor as well as more than 50 articles and approximately 170 book reviews and book notes.

An active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Fitzgerald has a joint appointment as Professor Extraordinary at North-West University School for Biblical Studies and Bible Languages in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and has been a visiting professor at both Brown and Yale universities.


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