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    Emeritus Professor William (Bill) Loader
    BA BD Dr theol (Mainz)

    Emeritus Professor

    About me

    I am an Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Murdoch University and an active researcher.  I held a five year Australian Research Council Professorial Fellowship 2005-2010, doing research on: Attitudes towards Sexuality in Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic Greco-Roman Era, and Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia.

    For more information about me, please see my website: http://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader/

    Teaching area

    I have recently taught half a unit called THE477/577 Advanced New Testament Exegesis: Gospel Traditions (2012 S1), but generally I do not teach.

    Research areas

    From 2005-2010 I was engaged in research on attitudes towards sexuality in early Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic Greco-Roman Era. I continue to produce papers based on this research and in addition have strong research interests in the Synoptic Gospels, John and 1 John, Pseudepigrapha, Philo, Josephus, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the historical Jesus.

    Awards and grants

    Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow 2005-2010

    2003 I was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Commonwealth Government for services to Australian society and the humanities in the study of religion

    1996 elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA) in recognition of my record in academic research.



    • Loader, W., (2017),Jesus in John's Gospel,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2013),Making Sense of Sex: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Early Jewish and Christian Literature,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2012),The New Testament on Sexuality,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2011),The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in Apocalypses, Testaments, Legends, Wisdom, and Related Literature,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2011),Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2010),Sexuality in the New Testament. Understanding the key texts,Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge.
    • Loader, W., (2009),The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality: Attitudes towards sexuality in Sectarian and related literature at Qumran,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2007),The New Testament with Imagination: A Fresh Approach to its Writings and Themes,,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2007),Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality: Attitudes Towards Sexuality in the Early Enoch Literature, the Aramaic Levi Document, and the Book of Jubilees,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2005),Sexuality and the Jesus Tradition,,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2004),The Septuagint, Sexuality and the New Testament: Case Studies on the Impact of the LXX in Philo and the New Testament,,Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
    • Loader, W., (2000),Unique Prophetic and Apostolic,,Uniting Church Press.
    • Loader, W., (1997),Jesus' Attitude towards the Law: A study of the Gospels,Mohr Siebeck.
    • Loader, W., (1997),Jesus and the Fundamentalism of his Day. The Gospels, the Bible and Jesus.,,Joint Board of Christian Education.


    • Loader, W., (2018),Wisdom and Logos Traditions in Judaism and John's Christology,In: Reading the Gospel of John's Christology as Jewish Messianism, Brill, pages 303 to 334.
    • Loader, W., (2017),John 1:51 and Johannine Christology,In: The Opening og John's Narrative (John 1:19 - 2:22), Mohr Siebeck, pages 119 to 132.
    • Loader, W., (2017),Tensions in Matthean and Johannine Soteriology Viewed in Their Jewish Context,In: John and Judaism: A Contested Relationship in Context, SBL Press, pages 175 to 188.
    • Loader, W., (2016),Genesis 2:24 and the Jesus Tradition,In: Jesus and the Scriptures, T&T Clark (International), pages 33 to 47.
    • Loader, W., (2016),The Significance of the Prologue for Understanding Johannine Soteriology,In: The Prologue of the Gospel of John, Mohr Siebeck, pages 45 to 55.
    • Loader, W., (2016),Attitudes towards Sexuality in the LXX Translations of Contentious Texts,In: Die Septuaginta Orte und Intentionen, Mohr Siebeck, pages 537 to 549.
    • Loader, W., (2016),What happened to "Good News for the Poor" in the Johannine Tradition?,In: John, Jesus, and History, Volume 3, Society of Biblical Literature Press, pages 469 to 480.
    • Loader, W., (2015),Marriage and Sexual Relations in the New Testament World,In: The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender, Oxford University Press, pages 189 to 205.
    • Loader, W., (2014),"The Concept of Faith in Mark and Paul" in Paul and Mark: Comparative Essays Part I Two: Authors at the Beginnings of Christianity (BZNW 198; ed. by Ian Elmer, David C. Sim and Oda Wischmeyer; Berlin: de Gruyter, June, 2014) 423-64,In: Paul and Mark: Comparative Essays Part I: Two: Authors at the Beginnings of Christianity, Walter de Gruyter & Co, pages 423 to 464.
    • Loader, W., (2014),The Significance of 2:15-17 for Understanding the Ethics of 1 John,In: Communities in Dispute: Current Scholarship on the Johannine Epistles, Society of Biblical Literature Press, pages 223 to 236.
    • Loader, W., (2014),Genesis 3,16-19 LXX in Reception: Observation on its Use in Early Judaism and Christianity to ca 100 CE,In: Die Septuaginta - Text, Wirkung, Rezeption, Mohr Siebeck, pages 381 to 391.
    • Loader, W., (2014),To God and Back: Projections of Male Grandeur,In: Men and Women in the Early Christian Communities, Centre for Early Christian Studies, Australian Catholic University, pages 41 to 54.
    • Loader, W., (2013),Eschatology and Sexuality in the So-Called Sectarian Documents from Qumran,In: Keter Shem Tov: Essays on the Dead Sea Scrolls in Memory of Alan Crown, Gorgias Press, pages 305 to 316.
    • Loader, W., (2013),John 5,19-47: A Deviation from Envoy Christology,In: Studies in the Gospel of john and its Christology, Leuven University Press, pages 149 to 164.
    • Loader, W., (2012),What Happened to "Good News for the Poor"? On the Trail of Hope Beyond Jesus,In: reflections on the Early Christian History of Religion, Brill, pages 233 to 266.
    • Loader, W., (2012),The Law and Ethics in John's Gospel,In: Rethinking the Ethics of John. "Implicit Ethics" in the Johannine Writings, Mohr Siebeck, pages 143 to 158.
    • Loader, W., (2011),Jesus and the Law,In: Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Koninklijke Brill NV, pages 2745 to 2772.
    • Loader, W., (2011),Does Matthew's handling of sexuality issues shed light on its context,In: The Gospel of Matthew at the Crossroads of Early Christianity, Uitgeverij Peeters, pages 569 to 583.
    • Loader, W., (2011),Approaching the New Testament as Source of Faith and Witness to Faith,In: Hermeneutics and the Authority of Scripture, ATF Press, pages 79 to 96.
    • Loader, W., (2011),Attitudes to Judaism and the Law and Synoptic Relations,In: New Studies in the Synoptic Problem, Peeters Publishers, pages 347 to 370.
    • Loader, W., (2010),Proverbs' "Strange woman": image and reality in LXX Proverbs and Ben Sira, Hebrew and Greek,In: Die Septuaginta - Texte, Theologien, Einflusse, Mohr Siebeck, pages 562 to 575.
    • Loader, W., (2010),Issues Of Sexuality In 1QSA And 4QPAP Crypta Serekh Ha-'Edah (4Q249D, E),In: Qumran Cave 1 Revisited: Texts from Cave 1 Sixty Years After Their Discovery: Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the Ioqs in Ljubljana, Koninklijke Brill NV, pages 91 to 98.
    • Loader, W., (2009),The Strange Woman in Proverbs,In: Septuagint and Reception: Essays Prepared for the Association for the Study of the Septuagint in South Africa, Koninkljke Brill nv Leiden, pages 97 to 115.
    • Loader, W., (2009),Worthy Worship,In: Christian Worship in Australia: Inculturating the Liturgical Tradition, St Pauls Publications, pages 109 to 116.
    • Loader, W., (2008),Sexuality and Ptolemy's Greek Bible: Genesis 1-3 In Translation: '... Things Which They Altered For King Ptolemy' (Genesis Rabbah 8.11),In: Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World, Brill, pages 207 to 232.
    • Loader, W., (2008),The Beginnings of Sexuality in Genesis LXX and Jubilees,In: Die Septuaginta: Texte, Kontexte, Lebenswelten, Mohr Siebeck, pages 300 to 312.
    • Loader, W., (2007),Jubilees and Sexuality,In: I Sowed Fruits into Hearts (Odes Sol.17:13) Festschrift for Professor Michael Lattke, St Pauls Publications, pages 117 to 136.
    • Loader, W., (2007),Sexuality and the Historical Jesus,In: Jesus from Judaism to Christianity Continuum Approaches to the Historical Jesus, T & T Clark, pages 34 to 48.
    • Loader, W., (2007),What is "Finished"? Revisiting Tensions in the Structure of Johannine Christology,In: The Death of Jesus in the fourth Gospel, Peeters Publishers and Booksellers, pages 457 to 467.
    • Loader, W., (2005),Jesus and the Law in John,In: Theology and Christology in the Fourth Gospel: Essays by the Member of the SNTS Johannine Writings Seminar (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium), Leuven University Press, pages 135 to 154.
    • Loader, W., (2005),Sexuality in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs and the New Testament,In: Transcending Boundaries. Contemporary Readings of the New Testament, LAS Libreria Ateneo Salesiano, pages 293 to 309.
    • Loader, W., (2003),Christian communities in earliest christianity: the Church before Churches,In: Faith and Freedom. Christian Ethics in a Pluralist Culture, ATF Press, pages 45 to 52.
    • Loader, W., (2002),Good News-for the earth? Reflections on Mark 1.1-15,In: The Earth Story in the New Testament, Sheffield Academic Press, pages 28 to 43.
    • Loader, W., (2001),"Your Law" - the Johannine perspective,In: >>...Was ihr auf dem weg verhandelt habt>> (...What you have done on the way, Neukirchener Verlag, pages 63 to 74.
    • Loader, W., (1999),"Good news for the poor" and spirituality in the New Testament: a question of survival,In: Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church; Vol. V: Poverty and Riches, St Pauls Publications, pages 3 to 35.


    • Loader, W., (2018), Revisiting High Priesthood Christology in Hebrews, Zeitschrift fr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 109, 2, pages 235 - 283.
    • Loader, W., (2018), Not as the Gentiles: Sexual Issues at the Interfacebetween Judaism and Its Greco-Roman World, Religions, 9, 9, pages 258 -.
    • Loader, W., (2017), Reading Romans 1 on Homosexuality in theLight of Biblical/Jewish and Greco-RomanPerspectives of its Time, Zeitschrift fr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, 108, 1, pages 119 - 149.
    • Loader, W., (2016), What light does Matthew's use of Mark in Matthew 1-4throw on Matthew's theological location?, Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 72, 4, pages 1 - 11.
    • Loader, W., (2016), The Significance of John 1:14-18 for Understanding John's Approach to Law and Ethics, Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 19, 2, pages 194 - 201.
    • Loader, W., (2015), Herod or Alexander Janneus? A New Approach to the Testament of Moses, Journal for the study of Judaism, 46, 1, pages 28 - 43.
    • Loader, W., (2014), Same-Sex Relationships: A 1st-Century Perspective, Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 70, 1, pages 1 - 9.
    • Loader, W., (2014), Sexuality and Eschatology: In Search of a Celibate Utopia in Pseudepigraphic Literature, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 20, , pages 43 - 67.
    • Loader, W., (2014), Did Adultery Mandate Divorce? A Reassessment of Jesus' Divorce Logia, New Testament Studies, 61, 1, pages 67 - 78.
    • Loader, W., (2011), Jesus and the law revisited, Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 67, 1, pages 1 - 6.
    • Loader, W., (2009), "Jubilees and Sexual Transgression: Reflections on Enochic and Mosaic Tradition", Henoch: Studies in Judaism and Christianity from Second Temple to Late Antiquity, 31, 1, pages 48 - 54.
    • Loader, W., (2008), Finding Faith In Fact And Fiction: Making Sense Of The New Testament While Maintaining Our Integrity And The Integrity Of The Text, Colloquium, 40, 1, pages 23 - 37.
    • Loader, W., (2008), Attitudes towards Sexuality in Qumran and Related Literature - and the New Testament, New Testament Studies, 54, 3, pages 338 - 354.
    • Loader, W., (2004), 'The passion of the christ' and the suffering of jesus: A reflection on mel gibson's film, Expository Times, 115, 12, pages 401 -.
    • Loader, W., (2000), Conversion and Baptism. A cross Cultural Perspective in the Light of the Encounter between Judaism and Hellenism, Bangalore Theological Forum, 32, 1, pages 143 - 155.
    • Loader, W., (1999), The Bible with imagination (i) the letters, Preacher, The, Mar-99, , pages 6 - 10.
    • Loader, W., (1999), The Bible with imagination (ii) the gospels, Preacher, The, Jun-99, , pages 14 - 21.
    • Loader, W., (1999), Simple Choices? A Response to John Dominic Crossan, Colloquium, 31, 2, pages 67 - 74.
    • Loader, W., (1999), The historical Jesus puzzle, Journal of the Tertiary Campus Ministry Association, 1, 1, pages 19 - 36.
    • Loader, W., (1998), Mark 7:1-23 and the historical Jesus, Colloquium, 30, , pages 123 - 151.
    • Loader, W., (1998), Anzac Day and the Lectionary, New Springboards, 9, January, pages 1 - 4.
    • Loader, W., (1998), The Bible with imagination, Ministry. Journal for Continuing Education, 9, 1, pages 9 - 11.
    • Loader, W., (1997), The Historical Jesus Puzzle, Colloquium, 29, 2, pages 131 - 150.
    • Loader, W., (1997), Jesus the Jew, Gesher, 1-Jun, , pages 48 - 56.