Judith Lieu

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Judith Lieu

Born (1951-05-25) 25 May 1951 (age 72)
SpouseSamuel N. C. Lieu
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
  • Theology
  • history

Judith Margaret Lieu FBA (born 1951) is a British theologian and historian of religion. She specialises in the New Testament and early Christianity.[1] Her research includes a focus on early Christian identity in its historical context, and literary analysis of biblical texts.[2] From 2010 to 2018, she was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.[3] She retired from her post in 2018.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Lieu was born on 25 May 1951.[4] She studied theology at Durham University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1972.[1] She remained at Durham to undertake postgraduate studies in theology, and graduated with a Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1973.[1] She then moved to the University of Oxford where she trained to be a school teacher, completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 1974.[1] She undertook postgraduate research at the University of Birmingham, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in 1980.[1]

In 1976, she married Samuel N. C. Lieu, a historian of Manichaeism and Christianity in Central Asia and China.[4]

Academic career[edit]

Lieu began her academic teaching career at the Queen's College, Birmingham, an ecumenical theological college.[5] In January 2001, she moved to King's College London, having been appointed as Professor of New Testament Studies.[2][6]

Lieu is a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.[1]

Lieu has edited Studia Patristica, a peer-reviewed book series on patristics. She was President of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) for 2015/2016.[7]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Prof Judith M Lieu". robinson.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Professor Judith Lieu FBA". Faculty of Divinity. University of Cambridge. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Video & Audio: Inaugural lecture of the Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity, Judith Lieu, on Tuesday 26 January 2010 - Metadata". Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Lieu, Prof. Judith Margaret". Who's Who. A & C Black. 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U245139. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ "Cadbury Lectures 2013: Lecturer profiles". Cadbury Lectures. University of Birmingham. 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Professor Judith Lieu". Research Portal. King's College London. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Lieu, Judith". European Association for Jewish Studies. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  8. ^ Holly Else (18 July 2014). "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
  9. ^ "2019 Fellows and International Honorary Members with their affiliations at the time of election". members.amacad.org. Archived from the original on 2 March 2020.
Academic offices
Preceded by Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity
Succeeded by
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by President of the Studiorum
Novi Testamenti Societas

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