Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies
Wayne A. Meeks is best known for his publications on the writings of the apostle Paul and on the Fourth Gospel, for his investigation of the social history of earliest Christianity, and for work on the formation of early Christian morality. His books include The First Urban Christians, The Origins of Christian Morality, and Christ is the Question. At Yale since 1969, Meeks served intermittently as chairman of the department of religious studies from 1972 to 1983, and he was director of the division of the humanities from 1988 to 1991. Earlier he taught at Dartmouth College and Indiana University. He has also been a visiting professor at Emory University, the University of Glasgow, Williams College, and Smith College. He received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has been president of the two leading professional societies in his field, the Society of Biblical Literature (1985) and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2004–5). He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala and is a fellow of the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Meeks earned his PhD. in New Testament studies from Yale University.