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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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