Associate Professor of Religion at Butler University in Indianapolis. Interests
include New Testament/Early Christianity, the Mandaeans, Religion and Science and
Religion and Science Fiction. 

Articles

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Professor McGrath Offers a Scholarly Take On Religion and Doctor Who (with Marc Allen), Nonprofit Communications Report (2014)

Take TV viewers on trips through time and space for 50 years and you’re going...

 

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He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality without an Intertext?, Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS (2013)

Inexact quotations are a common phenomenon in Biblical intertextuality, and some suspected allusions are so...

 

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On Hearing (Rather Than Reading) Intertextual Echoes: Christology and Monotheistic Scriptures in an Oral Context, Biblical Theology Bulletin (2013)

While recent studies of the New Testament have found the methods of intertextuality and orality...

 

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Biblioblogging Our Matrix: Exploring the Potential and Perplexities of Academic Blogging, Bulletin for the Study of Religion (2010)

The phenomenon of "biblioblogging" has not only brought Biblical studies into close contact with popular...

 

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Reading the Story of Miriai on Two Levels: Evidence from Mandaean Anti-Jewish Polemic about the Origins and Setting of Early Mandaeism, ARAM Periodical (2010)

New Testament scholars, drawing on Mandaean sources to shed light on the Gospel of John,...

 

Books

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The Only True God: Early Christian Monotheism in its Jewish Context, Faculty Scholarship (2009)

Chapter 5: "Monotheism and Worship in the Book of Revelation" is an excerpt from The...

 

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The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith (2008)

In The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith, Dr. James F. McGrath seeks to introduce...

 

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John's Apologetic Christology (2001)

John's Apologetic Christology utilizes a model from the sociology of knowledge to shed light on...

 

Contributions to Books

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Monotheism, Vocabulary for the Study of Religion (2015)

James McGrath's contribution to the forthcoming edition, Vocabulary for the Study of Religion.

 

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Religion’s Future and the Future’s Religions Through the Lens of Science Fiction, The Changing World Religion Map (2015)

While most scholarship in religious studies focuses on the past and present, the study of...

 

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Monotheism, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics (2014)

James McGrath's contribution to: The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics. , 2015. Print.

 

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Robots, Rights and Religion, Religion and Science Fiction (2011)

If there is one area in which science fiction has failed to quickly become historical...

 

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The Desert of the Real: Christianity, Buddhism & Baudrillard in The Matrix Films and Popular Culture, Visions of the Human in Science Fiction and Cyberpunk (2010)

The movie The Matrix and its sequels draw explicitly on imagery from a number of...

 

Reviews

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Review of The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature (2012)

Article reviews the book "The Paraphrase of Shem (NH VII,1): Introduction, Translation and Commentary," by...

 

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Review of The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios, Henoch Journal (2012)

Article reviews The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the...

 

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Review of Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma, Review of Biblical Literature (2011)

Article reviews the book "Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma" by Riemer Roukema.

 

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Review of The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature (2011)

Article reviews the book "The Gnostics: Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity" by David...

 

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Review of Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan, editors, So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy, Journal of Postcolonia Theory and Theology (2011)

Article reviews the book So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy.

 

Presentations

Winning Strategies from IR All-Stars (with Chad Bauman, Laura Behling, Jennifer Laherty, David Mason, Brad Matthies, Mark Newton, Charles Watkinson, and David Stout), Digital Commons Events (2011)

Your faculty and students have been producing scholarly work for many years. Is it locked...

 

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The Blogging Revolution: New Technologies and their Impact on How we do Scholarship, Conference Paper (2010)

What follows below is the text of my presentation at the session on blogging and...

 

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Conflicting Visions of the Real: Christianity, Buddhism & Baudrillard in The Matrix films and popular culture, Matrix films and popular culture”, forthcoming in Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science-Fiction (2004)

James McGrath's contribution to the proceedings of the first global conference of the Cyberworlds, Virtual...