Office of Dean

Research Director

Prof Jim Harrison

BA DipEd, MA, PhD (all at Macquarie University)

Jim joined the SCD in 2013 after fifteen years of teaching New Testament at Wesley Institute, Sydney. He was also Head of Theology at Wesley Institute, Drummoyne, for 11 years, and before that the Director of the School of Christian Studies at Robert Menzies College, North Ryde. He is a widely published New Testament scholar, authoring 3 monographs on Paul with Mohr Siebeck Press (2003 [reprint, Cascade books, 2016], 2011, 2017) and editing eight further books (Mohr Siebeck, 2008; Eerdmans, 2012; Morning Star, 2014 [reprint, Wipf and Stock, 2015]; Society of Biblical Literature, 2015, 2016; Cambridge Scholars, 2015, 2016). He has also published many articles and chapters in international journals and books. He is the editor of New Documents Illustrating the History of Early Christianity (vols. 11-15, Eerdmans) and, with L. L. Welborn (Fordham), the editor of The First Urban Churches (SBL), and is on the editorial board of the journal Pacifica and the SCD Press. His research interests include the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, Second Temple Judaism, the Graeco-Roman world, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics, and iconography. He is a member of the Society of New Testament Studies and an Honorary Associate of Macquarie Ancient History Department. He enjoys ancient history, live theatre, film, galleries and eating out at local restaurants. He currently attends an Anglican church with his wife, Elisabeth.

Jim is responsible for the development and stimulation of a vibrant theological research culture within the SCD, with his own research contributing to the strong research outputs already being produced across the members of the consortium. Jim is also responsible for existing and new masters and doctoral research students enrolled with the SCD, helping with the progression of their studies.


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