Deane GalbraithDeane Galbraith

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

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

Deane's main interest is in the transformation of religious traditions and the dialectic between authoritative tradition and change. His major area of research is in the invention of traditions within the Pentateuch, in particular the development of Jewish founding myths of exodus and conquest, the development of henotheism and monotheism, and the formation of traditions about giants living in the land before settlement by the “Israelites”. Deane is currently also researching the development and invention of resurrection traditions in early Christian gospels.

Deane is the founding editor of Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, a journal of reception history.


Select publications

“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): 473-491

“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

“Giants – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament” ; “ Giants – Film.” In The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Volume 10 (Gf – He). Edited Dale Allison, et al. Berlin: deGruyter, 2015

“The Perfect Penis of Eden and Queer Time in Augustine’s Reading of Paul.” In Sexuality, Ideology, and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements. Bible in the Modern World. Edited by Robert Myles and Caroline Blyth. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015

“Interpellation, not Interpolation: Reconsidering Textual Disunity in Numbers 13–14 as Variant Articulations of a Single Ideology.” Journal of Bible and Critical Theory 10, no. 1 (2014): 29-48

“Drawing Our Fish in the Sand: Secret Biblical Allusions in the Music of U2.” Biblical Interpretation 19 no. 1 (2011): 181–222.

 “‘Would you condemn me that you might be justified?’ Job as Differend.” The Bible and Critical Theory 5 no. 3 (2009).


Papers taught in 2021

First semester
Religion, Conflict and Conspiracy Theory
Second semester
Judaism, Christianity & Islam
Pre-Christmas Summer School 2021
Ancient Religion: Egypt to Mesopotamia

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