John Kloppenborg, FRSC

University Professor
Larkin Building (Trinity College), Room 311, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Social history of the late Hellenistic period and early Christianity
  • Synoptic Problem and Q
  • Papyrology, epigraphy, and interpretation of early Christian texts
  • Associations and elective cults in the Graeco-Roman World


John S. Kloppenborg is a specialist in Christian origins and second Temple Judaism, in particular the Jesus tradition (the canonical and non canonical gospels), and the social world of the early Jesus movement in Jewish Palestine and in the cities of the eastern Empire. He has written extensively on the Synoptic Sayings Gospel (Q) and the Synoptic Problem, and is currently writing on the parables of Jesus, the letter of James, and cultic, professional, and ethnic associations in the Graeco-Roman world. He is one of the general editors of the International Q Project and holds a five year SSHRC Insight Grant on Associative Practices in the Graeco-Roman World.


PhD, University of St. Michael's College
MA, University of St. Michael's College
BA, University of Lethbridge