John P. Meier

John P. Meier

William K. Warren Professor of Theology, Emeritus

Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


S.S.D. (Doctorate in Sacred Scripture) from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome

Research and Training Interests

Researching the titles used by and of the historical Jesus for Volume 6 of A Marginal Jew

Selected Publications

A Marginal Jew, Vol. 1-5. New York: Anchor Bible Reference Library Series, Doubleday, 1991-2016.

"La distinzione tra christologia e ricerca sul Gesu storico," Ricerca Storica su Gesu (Brescia: Dehoniane, 2017) 199-216.

"Disputed Questions about the Synoptic Parables," Lateranum 83 (2017) 313-27.

"The Historical Jesus and His Historical Parables," The Gospels: History and Christology (2 vols.; Rome: Editrice Vaticana, 2013 )1. 237-60.

"The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds," JBL 131 (2012) 715-32.


A native New Yorker, Dr. Meier obtained a BA in philosophy from St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie. He obtained a Licentiate in Theology summa cum laude with the gold medal awarded at the Gregorian University, Rome, and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture summa cum laude with the gold medal awarded at the Biblical Institute in Rome. His doctoral dissertation was published in the Analecta Biblical series of the Institute. He taught at St. Joseph Seminary, Dunwoodie (12 years) and Catholic University, DC (14 years), before coming to Notre Dame (20 years). His scholarly interests include the Gospels of Matthew and John, New Testament Christology, the historical Jesus, and Palestinian Judaism around the turn of the era. His major publication project has been a detailed study of the historical Jesus, entitled A Marginal Jew, presently in five volumes. In retirement, he continues to offer courses at Notre Dame while working on Volume Six of A Marginal Jew. He was ordained a Catholic priest at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, in 1967, and was made an Honorary Prelate of the Papal Household (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II in 1994.