Associate Professor
Contact Areas of Interest
Marshall, John University College, Room 254
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
t: 416-978-6667
f: 416-971-2027
  • Apocalyptic literature
  • Colonialism and religion in the ancient world
  • Early Jewish-Christian relations
  • Historical Jesus
  • “Magic”
  • The role of Paul in the construction of Christianity


John Marshall joined the Department for the Study of Religion in 2000.  His graduate study at Princeton University in religions of late antiquity generated an abiding interest in religious boundary crossing in the ancient world.  Professor Marshall is cross appointed to the Centre for Jewish Studies and the Department of Classics. His current academic interests are apocalyptic literature, colonialism and religion in the ancient world, Early Jewish-Christian relations, historical Jesus, “magic”, and the role of Paul in the construction of Christianity. His researches takes account of ancient literary sources to address social-historical questions in the history of Second Temple Judaism and the development of early Christianity.

Primary Teaching:

  • RLG 241 – Early Christian Literature I
  • RLG 320 – Jews and Christians in the Second Century
  • RLG 325 – Visions and Revelations in Ancient Judaism and Christianity
  • RLG 327 – Magic and Miracle in Antiquity
  • RLG 455 – Heresy and Deviance in Early Christianity

Research Interests

My research makes use of ancient literary sources to address social-historical questions in the history of Second Temple Judaism and the development of early Christianity. Currently, I’m particularly interested in Apocalyptic Literature, Methodology and ideology in the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity, the colonial context of early Christianity and thus post-colonial theory in its relation to historical-critical methodology.

Opportunities for Student Supervision/Areas of Interest

  • Early Christianity
  • Second Temple Judaism

Selected Publications

2012  “Misunderstanding the New Paul: Marcion’s Transformation of the Sonderzeit Paul.” Journal of Early Christian Studies, 20.1: 1–29.

2012  with Pamela E. Klassen, “Saint as Cipher: Paul and the Politics of Ritual Repudiation.” History of Religions, 51.4: 344-363.

2008  “‘I Left You in Crete’: Narrative Deception and Social Hierarchy in the Letter to Titus.” Journal of Biblical Literature. 127.4 pp. 781-803.

2008  “Hybridity and Reading Romans 13.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 31: 157-178

2007  “John’s Jewish (Christian?) Apocalypse.” Jewish Christianity Reconsidered: Rethinking Ancient Groups and Texts. Ed. Matt Jackson-McCabe. Minneapolis: Fortress. pp. 233-256.

2005  “Postcolonial Theory and Historical-Critical Practice.” Her Master’s Tools? Feminist and Postcolonial Engagements of Historical-Critical Discourse . Ed. T. Penner and C. Van der Stichele.  Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature. pp. 93-108

2005  “The Patriarchs and the Zodiac: Revelation 12.” Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna. Ed. R. S. Ascough. ESCJ 14. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, pp. 186-213.

2005  “Collateral Damage: Jesus and Jezebel in the Jewish War.” Ed. Shelly Matthews and E. Leigh Gibson. Violence in the New Testament. London: T. & T. Clark. 35-50.

2005  “The Objects of Ignatius’ Wrath and Jewish Angelic Mediators.” Journal of Eccesistical History. 56.1, pp. 1-23.

2005  “Apocalypticism and Anti-Semitism: Inner-group Resources for Inter-group Conflicts.” In Apocalypticism, Anti-semitism and the Historical Jesus: Subtexts in Criticism. Edited by John S. Kloppenborg with John W. Marshall. JSNTSup 275. JSHJ 1. T. & T. Clark.

2004  “Who’s on the Throne? — Revelation in the Long Year.” In Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions. Edited by Ra’anan Boustan and Annette Yoshiko Reed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  pp. 132-41.

2002.“Revelation and Romance: Genre Bending in the Shepherd of Hermas and the Acts of Peter.” In Rhetorical Argumentation in Biblical Texts. Emory Studies in Early Christianity. Harrisburg, Penn.: Trinity Press International. 375-388.

2002  “Government and Public Law in Galilee, Judaea, Hellenistic Cities, and the Roman Empire.” (with Russell Martin) In Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches, edited by A. J. Blasi, J. Duhaime and P.-A. Turcotte. Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira. 409-29.

2001  Parables of War: Reading John’s Jewish Apocalypse. Studies in Christianity and Judaism/Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsm . Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

1997  “The Gospel of Thomas and the Cynic Jesus.” In Whose Historical Jesus?, edited by W. E. Arnal and M. Desjardins. Studies in Christianity and Judaism/Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme. Vol. 7. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 37-60.