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McGrath, James

Professor - Religion
Philosophy & Religion


Jordan Hall - 202E



Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise

Main area of expertise: New Testament/Bible

Other areas of expertise/interest: religion and science fiction, religion and science, Mandaeism

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
See CV for full details. Recent publications and conference papers have covered the following topics: The Mandaean Book of John, Intertextuality in the New Testament, Religion and Science Fiction

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature. I teach courses every semester on the Bible, as well as a core curriculum course (First Year Seminar) on Faith, Doubt and Reason. Also teach advanced course on topics such as the Historical Figure of Jesus, religion and sci-fi, and religion and science, as well as on specific books of the Bible (such as Revelation and the Gospel of John).

Personal Hobbies
Avid listener to "classical" music from the late 19th century onwards. Favorite composers include Kurt Atterberg and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.


PhD - University of Durham, England BD - University of London, England Diploma in Religious Studies - University of Cambridge, England

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
Society of Biblical Literature American Academy of Religion American Oriental Society

Professional Experience
After completing my Ph.D. I taught New Testament at a university in Romania for three years. I began working at Butler University in the of Fall 2002.