John Dickson

Australian writer, speaker, and academic. Public advocate for the Christian Faith


Since completing his PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University in 2001, John has endeavoured to keep a hand in academic life, writing occasional peer reviewed articles and monographs, and teaching at tertiary level.  


John was an Associate and Fellow of the Department of Ancient History from 2004 to 2017.

During 2008-2010 he taught 'Advanced Topics in Ancient History' and 'Early Christianity Historiography' for the Department's Masters program.


Since 2011 John has taught 'From Historical Jesus to Written Gospels' for the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, a semester long course focused on the historiography of the figure of Jesus in the Roman East. 


John is also a visiting lecturer in Regent's popular Summer Program, where he has taught a course titled 'Promoting Christ in the Public Square', focusing on current Western challenges to classical Christian faith.


In June 2014 the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity (a consortium of theological colleges in the city) elected to confer on John the title of Honorary Research Associate.


In 2015-16 and again 2017, John has been an occasional lecturer for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, focusing on historical Jesus and the history of Christianity. During 2017-18 he is also a Visiting Academic of the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University, where he is researching verbal epitomes in ancient education.



Forthcoming - Creeds as Educational Epitomes: a History from Epicurus to Nicaea: a study of the use of mnemonic summaries  in the schools, synagogues, and churches of antiquity. 

2016 - "Teaching as Traditioning in 1 Timothy 2:12: An Historical Observation" in The Gender Conversation. Evangelical Perspectives of Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life (edited by Edwina Murphy and David Starling). Wipf & Stock, 2016, 109-123.

2015 - "Gentiles, New Testament" (in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, edited by Dale C. Allison, vol.10. Berlin: De Gruyter): a technical entry on the New Testament treatment of "gentiles/nations" for the thirty-volume EBR  , intended to serve as "a comprehensive guide to the current state of knowledge on the background, origins, and development of the canonical texts of the Bible as they were accepted in Judaism and Christianity.”

2013 – “Mission-Commitment in Second Temple Judaism and the New Testament” (in Introduction to Messianic Judaism. Zondervan Academic): chapter for an international collection of papers exploring the historical origins of Messianic Judaism.

2009 – “Scholar of Biblical Proportions: tribute to Prof Martin Hengel (1926-2009)” (in the Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity [SSEC], Macquarie University): an appreciation of the writings and influence of the renowned University of Tübingen historian of Judaism and Christianity, Martin Hengel.

2008 – “Genesis of Everything: an historical account of the Bible’s opening chapter” (International Society for Christian Academics in Science and Technology Online Journal): a review of the history of interpretation of Genesis 1, comparing the Hebrew text with Ancient Near Eastern cosmogonies.

2006 – James: the Wisdom of the Brother of Jesus. (Reading the New Testament Today Series. Sydney, Aquila Press): an historical and exegetical commentary on the first-century epistle of James the brother of Jesus.

2005 – “Euaggel- from Aristophanes to the Apostle Paul” 
(in New Testament Studies, vol. 51, Cambridge University Press):  a technical study of the origins and usage of heralding-terminology from Classical Greece to the Roman period.

2004 – “Humility as a Social Virtue in the Hebrew Bible?” (in Vetus Testamentum 54.2, Brill, Leiden): a technical article, co-authored by Dr. Brian Rosner, tracing the history and etymology of humility (anawa) as a virtue of social relations.

2003 – Mission-Commitment in Ancient Judaism and in the Pauline Communities: the shape, extent and background of early Christian mission (in Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.Reihe, vol.159. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck): a full scale monograph exploring propaganda and proselytizing activity within Judaism and Christianity in the Roman period.