University Professor and Chair Contact Areas of Interest
John Kloppenberg
Trinity College
6 Hoskin Avenue, Room 311
Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • Synoptic Problem
  • Parables
  • Passion Narratives
  • Letter of James
  • Associations in the Graeco-Roman World
  • Social History of the early Jesus Movement


John S. Kloppenborg is a specialist in Christian origins and second Temple Judaism, in particular the Jesus tradition (the canonical and non canonical gospels), and the social world of the early Jesus movement in Jewish Palestine and in the cities of the eastern Empire. He has written extensively on the Synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q) and the Synoptic Problem, and is currently writing on the parables of Jesus, the letter of James, and cultic, professional, and ethnic associations in the Graeco-Roman world. He is one of the general editors of the International Q Project and holds a five year SSHRC Insight Grant on Associative Practices in the Graeco-Roman World.


  • Introduction to Early Christian Writings
  • Early Gospels
  • Historical Jesus
  • Parables
  • Passion Narratives
  • Synoptic Problem
  • Social History of the Jesus Movement

Curriculum Vitae

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament.Synoptic Problems: Collected Essays.Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
Co-edited with Richard S. Ascough and Philip A. Harland.Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Sourcebook.Baylor University Press.
Bibliotheca Ephemeridum theologicarum lovaniensium, vol. 239.Co-edited with Paul Foster, Andrew Gregory, and Joseph Verheyden.New Studies in the Synoptic Problem: Proceedings of the 2008 Oxford Conference.Leuven: Peeters.
Beiheft zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 181.Co-edited with Richard S. Ascough.Attica, Central Greece, Macedonia, Thrace. Vol. 1 of Greco-Roman Associations: Texts, Translations, and Commentary.Walter de Gruyter.
Q: The Earliest Gospel.Westminster/John Knox Press.
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 1. Reihe, vol. 195.The Tenants in the Vineyard: Ideology, Economics, and Agrarian Conflict in Jewish Palestine.J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck).


“Literate Media in Early Christian Groups: The Creation of a Christian Book Culture.”JECS.22(1): 21-59.
“Membership Practices in Pauline Christ groups.”Early Christianity.4(2): 183-215.