Deane GalbraithDeane Galbraith

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

Room: 4S9, 4th Floor, Te Tumu Building (Richardson South Tower)
Tel: 64 3 471 4232

Deane's major areas of research are: New Zealand 'conspiracy theories', ancient religion viewed as lived religion, 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. Ko Deane he uri nō Ngāpuhi me Te Rarawa.


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.


Papers taught in 2022

Pre-Christmas Summer School 2022
Ancient Religion: Egypt to Mesopotamia

Papers taught in 2023

First semester
Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory
Evolution of Religion
Pre-Christmas Summer School 2023
Ancient Egypt: Magic and Mystery

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