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).

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E: rmyles@perth.anglican.org


2013   PhD in Theology (New Testament), University of Auckland
Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis
2010   BTheol(Hons) with First Class Honours in Biblical Studies, University of Auckland
2009   BTheol in Biblical Studies, University of Auckland
2009   BA in Philosophy, University of Auckland

Other Publications


WAINWRIGHT, E.M., MYLES, R.J., OLIVARES, C. The Gospel According to Matthew: The Basileia of the Heavens is Near at Hand, London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

MYLES, R.J. The Homeless Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, Social World of Biblical Antiquity Second Series, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.

Edited Books:

MYLES, R.J. (ed), Class Struggle in the New Testament, Lanham, Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2019.

MYLES, R.J. & BLYTH, C. (eds), Sexuality, Ideology, and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Bible in the Modern World, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

MYLES, R.J. “John the Baptist in Memory, Judaism, and Historical Materialism,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 19, 62-73, 2021, https://dx.doi.org/10.1163/17455197-19010007.

MYLES, R.J. “Crowds and Power in the Early Palestinian Tradition,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 18, 124-140, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1163/17455197-01802003.

MYLES, R.J. & KOK, M.J. “On the Implausibility of Identifying the Disciple in John 18:15-16 as a Galilean Fisherman,” Novum Testamentum 61, 367-385, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341637.

MYLES, R.J. “Peeling Back the Layers of Jesus,” Biblical Interpretation 27, 235-250, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1163/15685152-00272P04.

MYLES, R.J. “The Fetish for a Subversive Jesus,” Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 14, 52-70, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1163/17455197-01401005.

MYLES, R.J. “Winston Peters ‘Puts His Hand to the Plow’: The Bible in New Zealand Political Discourse,” Journal of the Bible and its Reception 3, 135-153, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1515/jbr-2016-1010.

MYLES, R.J. “Opiate of Christ; or, John’s Gospel and the Spectre of Class,” Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 7, 257-277, 2016, https://doi.org/10.1558/post.v7i3.28298.

MYLES, R.J. “The Commodification of Biblical Texts in Advertising and Contemporary Capitalism,” The Bible and Critical Theory 10, 11-21, 2014.

MYLES, R.J. “Echoes of Displacement in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus,” Colloquium: The Australian and New Zealand Theological Review 45, 31-41, 2013.

MYLES, R.J. “Probing the Homelessness of Jesus with Žižek’s Sublime Object,” The Bible and Critical Theory 9, 15-26, 2013.

MYLES, R.J. “Terminating Samson: the Sarah Connor Chronicles and the Rise of New Biblical Meaning,” Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 1, 329-50, 2011.

MYLES, R.J. “Dandy Discipleship: A Queering of Mark’s Male Disciples,” Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 4, 66-81, 2010. Reprinted in The Best of Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, ed. Joseph Gelfer, Piscataway, Gorgias Press, 235-254, 2010.

Dictionary Articles:

MYLES, R.J. “Gospel of Matthew,” in James Crossley and Alistair Lockhart (eds), Critical Dictionary of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, 2021, https://www.cdamm.org/articles/matthews-gospel.

Book Chapters:

MYLES, R.J. “Surveillance Capitalism and the Father who Spies from Heaven: Reading Matthew 6:1-18 with a Hermeneutics of Paranoia,” in Francisco Lozada, Jr., Amy Lindeman Allen, and Yak-hwee Tan (eds), Title TBA, Atlanta, SBL Press [submitted February 2021].

MYLES, R.J. “The Poor,” The T&T Clark Jesus Library, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781350999961.0003.

MYLES, R.J. “Class Struggle in the New Testament!” in Robert J. Myles (ed), Class Struggle in the New Testament, Lanham, Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 1-14, 2019.

MYLES, R.J. “Fishing for Entrepreneurs in the Sea of Galilee? Unmasking Neoliberal Ideology in Biblical Interpretation,” in Robert J. Myles (ed), Class Struggle in the New Testament, Lanham, Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 115-138, 2019. https://bibleinterp.arizona.edu/articles/fishing-entrepreneurs-sea-galilee-unmasking-neoliberal-ideology-biblical-interpretation

MYLES, R.J. “The Antipodean Underside of Sexuality, Ideology, and the Bible,” in Robert J. Myles and Caroline Blyth (eds), Sexuality, Ideology, and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements, Sheffield, Sheffield Phoenix Press, xi-xvi, 2015.

MYLES, R.J. “Homelessness, Neoliberalism, and Jesus’ ‘Decision’ to go Rogue: An Analysis of Matt. 4:12-25,” in Bruce Worthington (ed), Reading the Bible in an Age of Crisis: Political Exegesis for a New Day, Minneapolis, Fortress, 217-243, 2015.

MYLES, R.J. “Biblical Literacy and The Simpsons,” in Katie B. Edwards (ed), Rethinking Biblical Literacy, London, Bloomsbury, 143-162, 2015.


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