Books

The Madness of King Jesus. London: I. B. Tauris (forthcoming 2018).

Early Quakers and Islam: Slavery, Apocalyptic and Christian-Muslim Encounters in the Seventeenth Century. Studies on Inter-Religious Relations 59. Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 2013. (Out of print). New 2016 edition by Wipf and Stock available here.

Paul, Poverty and Survival. Edinburgh: T and T Clark, 1998.

 

Articles, Chapters etc.

"A Turke turn'd Quaker: conversion from Islam to radical sectarianism in early modern England." Forthcoming.

‘”More ingenious than learned”? The quest for the non-historical Jesus and its implications.’ In preparation.

‘Putting Christology to the sword: Luke 22:38 and the problem of Jesus’ apocalyptic violence’ In preparation.

‘Barbary slavery and the origins of Atlantic abolitionism’. In preparation.

‘The problem of “Apocalyptic Terrorism.”’ In preparation.

‘Radical dissent and Islam: Qur’anic criticism and early English Unitarianism’ In preparation.

"Anachronism, Anarchism and the Historical Jesus." Essays on Anarchism and Religion. Ed. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos and Matthew Adams. (Stockholm: Stockholm University Press, 2017), pp. 124-197. The chapter and book can be read here.

''A visitation of love and gentle greeting of the Turk', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 377-383.

'An Apology for the True Christian Divinity', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 486-495.

'An additional account of George's Robinson's: shewing his call to go to Jerusalem; a short relation from George Robinson', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 395-402.

'Barclay, Robert', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 483-486.

'Blessed openings of a day of good things to the Turks', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 383-387

'Fisher, Mary', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 367-370.

'Fox, George', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 523-527.

'Islam and Christianity in the Works of George Fox', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 527-534.

'Letter describing the audience with Sultan Mehmed IV', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 370-374.

'Perrot, John', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 375-377.

'Robinson, George', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 392-395.

'Smith, Stephen', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 480-481.

'Strange and Wonderful news from Italy', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 427-430.

'Wholsome [sic] Advice', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 481-483.

'Wilson, Elias', Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas and John A. Chesworth (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 426-427.

'Classical antiquity, possession and exorcism in', Spirit Possession around the World: Possession, Communion, and Demon Expulsion across Cultures. Ed. Joseph Laycock. Oxford: ABC Clio, 2014, pp. 17-19. (A rough draft with the supporting references can be found here).

"Did Magic Matter? The Saliency of Magic in the Early Roman Empire." Journal of Ancient History 1.2 (2013), 1-60.

"The Psycho-Social Context of Jesus' Miracles." Spiritual Healing: Scientific and Religious Perspectives. Ed. Fraser Watts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 17-43.

"Popular Mythology in the Early Empire and the Multiplicity of Jesus Traditions." Sources of the Jesus Tradition: An Inquiry. Ed. R. Joseph Hoffmann. Buffalo: Prometheus, 2010, pp. 55-80. Pdf available here.

(with Melanie Wright) "Interdisciplinarity in Learning and Teaching in Religious Studies." Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Higher Education. Ed. B.Chandramohan and S. Fallows. London: Routledge Falmer, 2008, pp. 152-159.

"Psychology and the Historical Jesus.” Jesus and Psychology. Ed. Fraser Watts. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2007, pp. 16-26.

"The Madness of King Jesus: Why was Jesus Put to Death, but his Followers were not?" Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 29.4 (2007), 379-413.

“Magic and Early Christianity: Consumption and Competition.” The Meanings of Magic: From the Bible to Buffalo Bill. Ed. A. Wygrant. New York: Berghahn Books, 2006, pp. 89- 116.

“Sources: Use, Abuse and Neglect: The Importance of Ancient Popular Culture.” Christianity at Corinth: The Scholarly Quest for the Corinthian Church. Ed. D. Horrell and E. Adams. London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004, pp. 241-253.

“Jesus and John the Baptist” Jesus in History, Culture and Thought. Ed. L. Houlden. Oxford: ABC Clio, 2003, pp. 503-509.

“Taking the Emperor’s Clothes Seriously: The New Testament and The Roman Emperor.” The Quest for Wisdom: Essays in Honour of Philip Budd. Ed. C. Joynes. Cambridge: Orchard Academic, 2002, pp. 143-170. Pdf available here.

“The First Churches: Social Life.” The Biblical World. Ed. John Barton, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 137-156

“The First Churches: Religious Practice.” The Biblical World. Ed. John Barton, London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 157-172

“Eigentum: III. NT (Poverty in the New Testament).” Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Fourth Edition. Ed. H. D. Betz et al. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 2002.

"Response to Martin and Theissen" Journal for the Study of the New Testament 84 (2001), 85-94.

“Armenfürsorge: V. NT (Care of the Poor in the New Testament).” Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Fourth Edition. Ed. H. D. Betz et al. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr, 1999.

“Artemidorus and the Johannine Crucifixion.” Journal of Higher Criticism. 5 (1998), 203-208. Pdf available here.

“The Social Status of Erastus (Ro. 16:23)” Novum Testamentum 38.3 (1996), 1-6.

“Laughing and Dreaming at the Foot of the Cross: Context and Reception of a Religious Symbol.” Journal for the Critical Study of Religion, Ethics and Society 1 (1996), 9-14. (Reprinted in Modern Spiritualities, ed. L. Brown et al., Amherst: Prometheus Books, 1997, pp. 63-70).

“Meat Consumption and Social Conflict in Corinth.” Journal of Theological Studies 45 (1994), 137-141.

 

 

 

“Religious Scepticism”, “The New Testament”, “Christianity”, Cambridge Guide to Classical Civilisation. Ed. G. Shipley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

“Didache”, “James, brother of Jesus”, “Magic”, “Unitarianism”, Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations. Ed. N. Wellborn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Reviews

Various reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, the Journal of Religious History, the Journal of Theological Studies, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Biblical Interpretation, Journal of Utopian Studies.