Crossan-John-DominicProfessor Emeritus of Religious Studies
DePaul University, Chicago

John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago. He has written twenty books on the historical Jesus in the last thirty years, four of which have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), Who Killed Jesus (1995), and The Birth of Christianity (1998). He is a former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar, and a former chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.

Almost the Whole Truth, an autobiographical sketch by John Dominic Crossan, appeared in The Fourth R in 1993.


  • The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, 1998
  • Who Is Jesus? Answers to Your Questions about the Historical Jesus, 1996
  • Who Killed Jesus? Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus, 1995
  • Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, 1994
  • The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images, 1994
  • The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, 1991
  • The Cross that Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative, 1988
  • Sayings Parallels: A Workbook for the Jesus Tradition, 1986
  • Four Other Gospels: Shadows on the Contours of Canon, 1985, reprinted, 1992
  • In Fragments: The Aphorisms of Jesus, San Francisco, 1983
  • A Fragile Craft: The Work of Amos Niven Wilder, 1981.
  • Cliffs of Fall: Paradox and Polyvalence in the Parables of Jesus, 1980
  • Finding Is the First Act: Trove Folktales and Jesus’ Treasure Parable, 1979
  • Raid on the Articulate: Comic Eschatology in Jesus and Borges, 1976
  • The Dark Interval: Towards a Theology of Story, 1975, reprinted 1988.
  • In Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, 1973, reprinted 1992.
  • The Gospel of Eternal Life, 1967
  • Scanning the Sunday Gospel, 1966

Academic Credentials

  • S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
  • D.D., Maynooth College, Ireland

Special Study

  • Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem, Israel, 1965–67

Academic Appointments

  • Croghan Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Religion, Williams College, Fall 1996
  • Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, 1995–
  • Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, 1973–1995
  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, 1969–1973
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Catholic Theological Union, 1968-1969
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein IL, 1967–1968
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Stonebridge Seminary, Lake Bluff, IL, 1961–1965

Professional Service

  • Chair of Historical Jesus Section, Society of Biblical Literature, 1992–1998
  • Chair of Parables Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature, 1992–1998
  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 1977–1987
  • General Editor, Semeia. An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism, 1980–1986
  • Member of Editorial Board, Semeia: An Experimental Journal for Biblical Criticism, 1973–1986
  • Member of Research & Publications Committee , Society of Biblical Literature, 1975–1978, 1982–1985

Awards and Honors

  • Via Sapientiae Award, DePaul University’s highest honor, 1995
  • Cortelyou-Lowery Award for Excellence, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, DePaul University, 1991
  • Award for Excellence in Religious Studies, American Academy of Religion, 1989
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