Deane GalbraithDeane Galbraith

LLB/BCom (Auckland), BTheol(Hons), PhD (Otago)

Room: 5C25, 5th Floor, Richardson Central Tower
Tel: 64 3 471 4232

Deane's major areas of research are: New Zealand 'conspiracy theories', ancient religion, the Pentateuch, resurrection narratives, and Giant traditions in historical and contemporary religion.

Deane is the current President of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Association for Biblical Studies (ANZABS), as well as the inaugural Māngai Māori board member of ANZABS. He uri a Deane nō Ngāpuhi me Te Rarawa.


Papers taught in 2024

First semester
Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory
Pre-Christmas Summer School 2024
Ancient Religion: Egypt to Mesopotamia


Select publications

“Pigden Revisited, or In Defence of Popper’s Critique of the Conspiracy Theory of Society.” Philosophy of the Social Sciences 52, no. 4 (2022): 235–57.

“Heaven” In Oxford Handbook to the Bible in American Popular Culture. Ed. Dan W. Clanton and Terry Clark. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

“Jeremiah Never Saw That Coming: How Jesus Miscalculated the End Times” In Jeremiah in History and Tradition. Ed. Jim West. London: Bloomsbury, 2019.

“Whence the Giant Jesus and his Talking Cross? The Resurrection in Gospel of Peter 10.39–42 as Prophetic Fulfilment of LXX Psalm 18.” New Testament Studies 63, no. 3 (2017): 473-91.

“The Perpetuation of Racial Assumptions in Biblical Studies” In History, Politics and the Bible from the Iron Age to the Media Age. Ed. James G. Crossley and Jim West. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

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