Dr Kylie Crabbe - Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Accreditation in-progress - Supervisor is eligible to co-supervise with another fully accredited supervisor (Principal Supervisor)


I work in biblical and early Christian studies. My doctoral work focused on ancient accounts of hope, discipleship, and politics. In particular, I was interested in how ancient writers portray the structuring of history - that is, how their understandings of the past inform their expectations for the future and their experience in the present. My forthcoming book Luke/Acts and the End of History (De Gruyter, 2019) considers these (much contested) themes in the New Testament texts Luke and Acts, in comparison with diverse contemporaneous texts, (five Jewish and five non-Jewish, spanning from the histories of Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, and Tacitus, to Virgil's Aeneid, Josephus's Jewish War, and 4 Ezra).

My current work in the "Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities programme" at ACU considers questions of impairment and identity in early Christian texts, with a focus on New Testament texts, Apocryphal Acts, early Christian apocalypses, and the Apostolic Fathers. I am also working on a smaller project which considers the intellectual and social context of post-war German biblical scholarship - particularly that of Hans Conzelmann, which continues to dominate Lukan scholarship.

In Oxford and Melbourne I have taught in a wide variety of biblical texts and related areas, including Gospels, Pauline Literature, Second Temple Judaism, biblical Greek, and introductory units on Hebrew Bible.

I am available to supervise graduate students, and would welcome inquiries from students wishing to pursue research into the texts of the New Testament, their Graeco-Roman, Jewish, and early Christian literary environment(s), and the texts of Second Temple Judaism, as well as other hermeneutical approaches such as reception history, disability studies, or feminist interpretation.


Phone :0392308397 (Melbourne)
Email :kylie.crabbe@acu.edu.au
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Research Interests

Biblical interpretation ; Second Temple Judaism ; New Testament ; Early Christianity ; Graeco-Roman texts ;

Methods Expertise

Reception History ; Disability studies ; Philosophy of history and time ;

Research Projects

No research project is currently recorded.

Selected Publications


Luke/Acts and the End of History, in Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fuer die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, De Gruyter, forthcoming.


Locating the Present: The Periodization of History in the Animal Apocalypse, Daniel 7, and Luke/Acts, in Currently under review.

Gospels and Acts, in The Biblical World. Revd. ed. Edited by Katharine Dell. Routledge, Taylor & Francis, forthcoming.


'Lasea' and 'Lystra', in Entries in: Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Allison, Helmer, Schroeter, Roemer, Seow, Walfish, and Ziolkowski. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter; vols. 15 & 16.


Accepting Prophecy: Paul's Response to Agabus with Insights from Valerius Maximus and Josephus, in Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39.2: 188-208.


Being Found Fighting Against God: Luke's Gamaliel and Josephus on Human Responses to Divine Providence, in Zeitschrift fuer die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 106.1: 21-39.


A Sinner and A Pharisee: Challenge at Simon's Table in Luke 7:36-50, in Pacifica 24.3: 247-66.