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Hi there, I am a New Testament scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand who resides in Whadjuk Noongar boodja (Perth) in Western Australia. I am currently Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Director of Research at Wollaston Theological College of the University of Divinity. Earlier in my career I lectured full-time in Theological & Religious Studies at the University of Auckland and at Murdoch University in the Theology & Religion program until its discontinuation in 2021.

My writing focuses on the historical formation of the early Jesus movement and the socio-economic realities of first-century Palestine. I have published widely in historical Jesus studies, Gospel studies (particularly Matthew), and the ideological contexts of contemporary New Testament scholarship. Most recently, I am the author of Jesus: A Life in Class Conflict (with James Crossley).

On this website you can find out about my research, download academic articles and book chapters, and find links to popular and open-access articles.

Contact me at rmyles at

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Podcast Appearances


Jesus Christ: Historical Materialism, Class Conflict, & the Jesus Movement

Revolutionary Left Radio

22 May, 2023

Black and White Star in Circle

Jesus: A Life in Class Conflict Interview

New Books Network

2 August, 2023

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Popular Articles

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Displacement Through Time

From Millenarianism to Dictatorship of God: The Radical Ideology of the Early Jesus Movement

Jesus: a product of the class struggle in Galilee

Eunuchs for the Kingdom?


Beware of the Dogs!

Matthew's Gospel and Apocalypticism

How Historical Materialism Explains the Origins of Christianity

Fishing for Entrepreneurs in the Sea of Galilee?

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Media Appearances

Class conflict in the time of Jesus

7 April, 2023

Radio interview, ABC Radio National (25 mins)


Going with the Crowd, "All things considered"

4 April, 2022

Radio interview, BBC Wales (28 mins)

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