John Fitzgerald

John Fitzgerald


Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


Ph.D. Yale University

Research and Training Interests

Pastoral Epistles


“Food and Drink in the Greco-Roman World and in the Pauline Communities," in Paul and Economics: A Handbook, ed. Thomas R. Blanton IV and Raymond Pickett (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2017), 205-44.

“Miscellaneous Observations on the Samson Saga with an Excursus on Bees in Greek and Roman Buogonia Traditions,” Partners with God: Theological and Critical Readings of the Bible in Honor of Marvin A. Sweeney, ed. Shelley L. Birdsong and Serge Frolov, Claremont Studies in Hebrew Bible and Septuagint 2 (Claremont: Claremont Press, 2017), 63-71

“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. DOI:

“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.

“The Derveni Papyrus and its Relevance for Biblical and Patristic Studies,” Early Christianity 6 (2015): 157-78.


After completing his MDiv. degree at Yale Divinity School, John T. Fitzgerald spent a year in Germany on a Rotary Fellowship, studying Hellenistic Judaism at the University of Tübingen. He returned to Yale University, where he received his Ph.D. in New Testament in 1984. He spent more than three decades (1981-2012) as a faculty member in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he also held various administrative positions and chaired the Department of Religious Studies. Since 2012 he has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. In addition, Fitzgerald has been a visiting associate professor at Brown University (1992) and the Yale Divinity School (1997-1998, 2004), and since 2008 he has served as Professor Extraordinary for the Faculty of Theology at North-West University in South Africa. The author of more than 80 articles and more than 170 book notes/reviews, he is also the author, editor, or co-editor of ten books. His current major projects are a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles for the Hermeneia series and a revised, updated edition of Everett Ferguson’s Backgrounds of Early Christianity.



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