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Professor James McLaren Name: Professor James McLaren
Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
+612 9739 2435
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Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise)
Building 532 - Tenison Woods House(8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 16-Room16.20
Contact Officer
Mrs Sandra Watkins
Executive Officer
+612 9739 2281
Biographical Information
BA Hons, MA (UniMelb), DPhil (Oxon)
James S McLaren (DPhil [Oxon]) (b. July 1, 1961) is a Professor in ancient history and biblical studies. He graduated with a BA Hons (Melb) in History and Middle Eastern Studies in 1983 and then an MA (Melb) in 1985. His doctorate was completed in Oxford under the supervision of E.P. Sanders and M. Goodman in 1990. His main research interests relate to the interaction between the Jewish and Roman worlds and the emergence of Christianity in the first century CE and to military history. He has served as New Testament Editor of Australian Biblical Review since 2001 and is a member of the Brill Josephus Project. In 2012 he was awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies for his contributions to the field. He is married and has three children.

Recent Publications

“Searching for Rome in Galilee: Reassessing Rome-Galilee relations (63 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.).” In Rome and Religion: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue on the Imperial Cult, eds. Jeffrey Brodd and Jonathan L. Reed, 111-36. Writing from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series 5. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

 “Going to war against Rome: the motivation of the Jewish rebels.” In The Jewish Revolt against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,ed. Mladen Popović, 129-53. Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplement Series 154. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

“The Jewish War as a Response to Flavian Propaganda.” In Ancient Jewish and Christian Texts as Crisis Management Literature: Thematic Studies from the Centre for Early Christian Studies, eds. David C. Sim and Pauline Allen, 9-28. London: T&T Clark [Continuum], 2012.

“The Temple and the Gentiles.” In Attitudes to Gentiles in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity, eds. David C. Sim and James S. McLaren, 92-108. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

“The Jews in Rome during the Flavian Period.” Antichthon 47 (2013): 156-72

Selected Publications

Turbulent Times? Josephus and Scholarship on Judaea in the First Century CE. JSPT Supplement Series 29; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.

“Ananus, James and Earliest Christianity. Josephus’ Account of the Death of James,” JTS 52.1 (2001): 1-25.

"The Coinage of the First Year as a Point of Reference for the Jewish revolt (66-70 CE)." SCI 22 (2003): 135-52.

"Jews and the Imperial Cult: From Augustus to Domitian." JSNT 27.3 (2005): 257-78.

"Corruption among the high-priesthood: a matter of perspective." In A Wandering Galilean: Essays in Honour of Seán Freyne, eds. Z. Rodgers M. Daly-Denton, A. Fitzpatrick McKinley, 141-57.  Leiden: Brill, 2009.


Biblical Studies, Church History


Biblical Studies, Christian History.

Professional Memberships
  • Society for the Study of the New Testament
  • Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Early Judaism and Its Literature Book Series Editorial Board, Society of Biblical Literature

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