Professor Helen Bond (MTheol PhD)

Professor in Christian Origins, Head of the School of Divinity


Ever since I first encountered historical criticism I have been fascinated by the documents that make up the New Testament, particularly the gospels. How did these documents originate? What kind of groups found them useful? What are the relations between them? And how can we disentangle their complex weave of history, theology and defence?

I’m interested in most aspects of the social, cultural and religious context of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, including Josephus, the Herods, and the Roman government of Judaea. Recently I’ve been immersed in historical Jesus studies, and have become intrigued not only by the figure of Jesus himself but also the history of the scholarly Quest devoted to him.

Since July 2011 I have been Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (CSCO). The Centre aims to promote research into the earliest period of Christianity. Details of upcoming events and the kind of things we are interested in can be found on our blog site:

Undergraduate teaching

Biblical Studies

New Testament (particularly Gospels and Acts)

Historical Jesus

Jewish and Roman world of the first century

Women in the New Testament


Postgraduate teaching

Roman and Jewish Trials of Jesus (Pilate, Caiaphas)

Historical Jesus

Herods, particularly Herod I and the women of his dynasty

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


View all 48 publications on Research Explorer

Conference details

- Oct 12th: Manson Memorial Lecture: “The Death that he Deserved? Reading the Demise of the Markan Jesus as the End of an Ancient Biography.” The University of Manchester: