Hi there! I am a New Testament scholar from New Zealand who is resident in Perth, Western Australia. I was appointed Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Wollaston Theological College from July 2021. I am also accredited with the University of Divinity. I previously taught and researched full-time at the University of Auckland (2015-2016) and Murdoch University (2017-2021).

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 on the ideological contexts of contemporary New Testament research.

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

Contact me at rmyles at


Current Projects


Jesus: A Life in Class Conflict

A major biography of Jesus from a historical materialist perspective. Co-authored with James Crossley. Forthcoming with Zer0 Books


Revolting Fishermen

A focused study of Jesus' fishermen disciples against the backdrop of a changing Galilee

Coming Soon

Popular Articles


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?


Completed Research Projects

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Class Struggle in the New Testament

Jesus in the Ruins of Neoliberalism


Homeless Jesus

Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible