Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry

Dr Kylie Crabbe

Dr Kylie Crabbe

Biblical and Early Christian Studies

BA (Melb.), BTheol, AdvDipMin, MTheol (MCD), DPhil (Oxon.)

After undergraduate study in Psychology, Criminology, and Theology, and a Master of Theology in New Testament in Melbourne, I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford.

I work on biblical and early Christian accounts of hope, discipleship, and politics. In particular, I’m interested in how ancient writers portray the structuring of history—that is, how their understandings of the past inform their expectations for the future and their experience in the present. For ancient writers, including New Testament writers, claims about the future can already reshape present experience, helping to make sense of suffering, informing the ways they engage with political authorities, and reframing discipleship imperatives.

My doctoral dissertation, Luke/Acts and the End of History, considered these (much contested) themes in the New Testament texts Luke and Acts, in comparison with diverse contemporaneous texts, (five Jewish and five non-Jewish, spanning from the histories of Polybius, Diodorus Siculus, and Tacitus, to Virgil’s Aeneid, Josephus’s Jewish War, and 4 Ezra).  My current work in the “Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities programme” at ACU explores how early Christian writers interpret the apostolic period, particularly as it is presented in Acts, and these elements of eschatological hope, discipleship, and politics. I am also working on a smaller project which considers the intellectual and social context of post-war German biblical scholarship—particularly that of Hans Conzelmann, which continues to dominate Lukan scholarship.

I am an ordained Minister in the Uniting Church in Australia and was in congregational ministry in Melbourne prior to moving to Oxford.  While at the University of Oxford I taught in a wide variety of New Testament and related areas, including Gospels, Pauline Literature, Second Temple Judaism, and biblical Greek.

I am available to supervise graduate students, and would welcome inquiries from students in the areas of the Gospels and Acts, their Graeco-Roman and Jewish literary environment(s), and the texts of Second Temple Judaism. I would also encourage students wishing to explore themes of eschatology, politics, and discipleship as they appear in other ancient texts to get in touch.  All prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to contact me prior to submitting their application directly to the University.

Key publications:

2017      ‘Luke/Acts and the End of History.’ D.Phil. diss., The University of Oxford.

2016      ‘Accepting Prophecy: Paul’s Response to Agabus with Insights from Valerius Maximus and Josephus.’ Journal for the Study of the New Testament 39.2: 188-208.

2015    ‘Being Found Fighting Against God: Luke’s Gamaliel and Josephus on Human Responses to Divine Providence.’ Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 106.1: 21-39.

2011      ‘A Sinner and A Pharisee: Challenge at Simon’s Table in Luke 7:36-50.’ Pacifica 24.3: 247-266.

2010      ‘Transforming Tables: Meals as Encounters with the Kingdom in Luke.’ M.Theol. diss., Melbourne College of Divinity.

Encyclopedia entries:

2017      ‘Lasea.’ In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Allison, Helmer, Schröter, Römer, Seow, Walfish, and Ziolkowski. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter; vol. 15: 830.

‘Lystra.’ In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Allison, Helmer, Schröter,Römer, Seow, Walfish, and Ziolkowski. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter; vol. 16.


2018      ‘Gospels and Acts.’ In The Biblical World. Revd. ed. Edited by Katharine Dell. Routledge, Taylor & Francis.