Barbara E. Thiering
Retired Lecturer
Sydney University School of Divinity, Australia

Barbara Thiering says of her work, "My series of Jesus books take the search for the historical Jesus into the wealth of new information I believe is offered by the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gnostic literature, and the apocryphal books. The search comes back to the gospels themselves, where there is an embedded history available by objective methods to those who hold that scripture is subject to the pesher technique. It is a natural political history, in which Jesus played an essential part, the history of the fusion of Diaspora Judaism with Greco-Roman culture. It includes an account of certain events that were part of that history, and that were deliberately built up as 'miracles' for the sake of the 'babes in Christ,' including the 'virgin birth' and the 'resurrection.'"


  • The Book That Jesus Wrote—John's Gospel, 1998
  • Jesus of the Apocalypse, 1995
  • Jesus the Man = The Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls (U.S. edition), 1992
  • The Qumran Origins of the Christian Church, 1983
  • The Gospels and Qumran, 1981
  • Redating the Teacher of Righteousness, 1979
  • Deliver Us from Eve, ed., 1977
  • Created Second? Aspects of Women's Liberation in Australia, 1973

Documentary Films

  • The Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Sydney, 1990
  • Jesus the Man (Japanese), 1993

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., Sydney University
  • B.D., London University
  • M.Th., Melbourne College of Divinity
  • Ph.D., Sydney University

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Sydney University School of Divinity, 1967–1993

Professional Service

  • Member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal of New South Wales, 1981–1993
  • Student Advisor, Sydney University School of Divinity, 1980–1991
  • Member of Sydney University Board of Studies in Divinity, 1973–1991