Ben F. Meyer

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Ben F. Meyer
Benjamin Franklin Meyer

November 1927
Died28 December 1995(1995-12-28) (aged 68)
Les Verrières, Switzerland
Spouse(s)Denise Meyer[1]
Academic background
Alma materPontifical Gregorian University
InfluencesBernard Lonergan[2]
Academic work
Notable worksThe Aims of Jesus (1979)[2]

Benjamin Franklin Meyer (1927–1995) was a theologian and scholar of religion.[3] Born in November 1927 in Chicago, Illinois,[4] he studied with the Jesuits, his studies taking him to California, Strasbourg, Göttingen, and Rome,[citation needed] where he received his doctorate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1965.[5] He taught briefly at Alma College and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley[citation needed] before joining the faculty at McMaster University in 1969,[6] where he taught in the religious studies department until 1992. Meyer's areas of specialization included the historical Jesus, the early expansion of the Christian movement,[citation needed] and the hermeneutics of Bernard Lonergan.[4] He authored several important monographs over his 30-year career.[citation needed] He died on 28 December 1995 in Les Verrières, Switzerland.[7]



  • Meyer, Ben F. (1965). Christ and the Apostolic Community (Thesis). Roma: Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana. OCLC 45132128.


  • Meyer, Ben F. (1971). The Church in Three Tenses. Garden City, NY: Doubleday. OCLC 135021.
  • ——— (1979). The Aims of Jesus. London: SCM Press. ISBN 9780334000273. OCLC 4760225.
  • ——— (1986). The Early Christians: their world mission and self-discovery. Good News Studies. 16. Wilmington, DE: Glazier (Michael) Inc. ISBN 9780814655429. OCLC 13998055.
  • ——— (1989). Critical Realism and the New TestamentvPrinceton Theological Monograph Series. 17. Allison Park, PA: Pickwick Publications. ISBN 978-0-915138-97-5. OCLC 18681445.
  • ——— (1992). Christus Faber: the master builder and the house of God. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. 29. Allison Park, PA: Pickwick Publications. ISBN 978-1-55635-014-6. OCLC 25093369.
  • ——— (1994). Five Speeches that Changed the World. Collegeville, MI: Liturgical Press. ISBN 978-0-8146-2282-7. OCLC 29465963.
  • ——— (1994). Reality and Illusion in New Testament Scholarship: a primer in critical realist hermeneutics. Collegeville, MI: Glazier/Liturgical. ISBN 978-0-8146-5771-3. OCLC 31610448.

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  • ———, ed. (1993). One Loaf, One Cup: Ecumenical Studies of 1 Cor 11 and Other Eucharistic Texts. New Gospel Studies. 6. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. ISBN 978-0-86554-398-0. OCLC 24380520.

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Works cited[edit]

Chilton, Bruce (2008). "Meyer, Ben F.". In Evans, Craig A. (ed.). Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. New York: Routledge (published 2014). pp. 411–412. ISBN 978-1-317-72224-3.
Denton, Donald L., Jr. (2004). Historiography and Hermeneutics in Jesus Studies: An Examination of the Work of John Dominic Crossan and Ben F. Meyer. London: T&T Clark. ISBN 978-0-567-08203-9.
Hadidian, Dikran Y. (1995). "In Memoriam: A Personal Tribute: Ben F. Meyer (1927–1995)". Ex Auditu. 11: iii–iv. ISSN 0883-0053.
"Professor Emeritus Ben Meyer". Ex Auditu. 11. 1995. ISSN 0883-0053.
Westerholm, Stephen (1995). "Passages: Benjamin Franklin Meyer". Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 24 (4): 491–493. doi:10.1177/000842989502400407. ISSN 2042-0587.