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Hi there, I am a New Testament scholar from Aotearoa New Zealand who resides and works on Whadjuk Noongar boodja (Perth) in Western Australia. I am currently Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Director of Research at Wollaston Theological College, a college of the University of Divinity. Prior to this I lectured 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 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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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

A free-to-use web app that facilitates close reading of New Testament texts. Currently in development with Grahame Bowland

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Popular Articles


Eunuchs for the Kingdom?

Beware of the Dogs!

Matthew's Gospel and Apocalypticism

How Historical Materialism Explains the Origins of Christianity

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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

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