Robert Myles is Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Director of Research at Wollaston Theological College, University of Divinity. Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, Robert holds a PhD from the University of Auckland, where he received the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis. Prior to commencing his role at Wollaston in mid-2021, Robert held full-time teaching and research positions at the University of Auckland (2015-2016) and Murdoch University (2017-2021).
Robert’s research focuses on two main themes: (1) social and economic conflict during the historical formation of the early Jesus movement; and (2) ideological and political readings and receptions of the Bible. He is the author and editor of several books and a number of articles in historical Jesus studies, Gospel studies (particularly Matthew), and the use of critical theory in biblical interpretation. Alongside his research and administrative duties, Robert teaches several units for Wollaston including New Testament and its World, Conflict in Corinth, Judaism in the Time of Jesus, and Decolonising the Gospels.
Robert is open to enquiries for supervision from prospective doctoral and minor thesis students in any area of New Testament studies, including projects seeking to apply theories of the history from below to the study of the New Testament. He has previously supervised theses on the resurrection of Jesus, and postcolonial readings of the Gospels.
Robert is an elected member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the executive editor (with Sarah Rollens) of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. He was previously co-managing editor of The Bible and Critical Theory from 2015-2020.
In addition to his university-facing duties, Robert contributes to non-accredited educational initiatives within the Anglican Diocese of Perth, including teaching and training events for lay people, clergy, and secondary school teachers.Robert is a Diocesan Council appointee to the Perth Anglican Synod and an elected lay representative to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia.
- Senior Lecturer in New Testament
Wollaston Theological College
Teaching disciplinesBiblical Languages; New Testament
Recent PublicationsAll publications
|2023||Jesus: A Life in Class Conflict|
|2021||Gospel of Matthew|
|2021||John the Baptist in Memory, Judaism, and Historical Materialism|
|2020||Crowds and Power in the Early Palestinian Tradition|
- Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Executive Editor)