Judith M. Lieu

Judith M. Lieu

Frothingham Visiting Professor in New Testament and Early Christianity
Judith M. Lieu


  • BA, MA, University of Durham
  • PhD, University of Birmingham


Judith Lieu is Frothingham Visiting Professor in New Testament and Early Christianity from January 2020 to June 2021. Previously she taught at King’s College London, Macquarie University, Sydney, and the University of Cambridge, where she was the Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity from 2007 until retiring in 2018.

Within the New Testament the primary area of her research has been the Gospel and Letters of John, including most recently The Oxford Handbook of Johannine Studies (2018), which she co-edited with Martinus de Boer. A second field of Lieu’s research is the emergence of the Christian movement in the second century viewed from a number of perspectives, but always within the broader Jewish and Graeco-Roman contexts of the period. In particular she has explored the literary and social expressions of the relationship between Jews and Christians, and the formation of a distinct Christian identity. A major field of interest over recent years has been the figure of Marcion, both within the development of the language and idea of “heresy”, and as a representative of Christian responses to the scriptural heritage in the second century. Her research continues to explore ways of conceptualizing and describing the Christian movement in the second century, with a recent focus on the function of letters. At the core of her work is the close reading of texts and exploration of the way they function socially and for later readers.

Lieu is a past president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a fellow of the British Academy (where she chairs the Theology and Religious Studies Section), and an International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She holds an honorary Doctor of Theology from the University of Heidelberg.

Lieu is active locally and nationally in the Methodist Church (UK), where she is a Local Preacher and from 2012-2020 was Chair of the Faith and Order Committee.

For more information, see "Judith Lieu Named Frothingham Visiting Professor."

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