Dr Ian Boxall


I graduated in Theology from Oriel College, Oxford, in 1990, where I also completed an MPhil in New Testament. Between 1992 and 1994 I was Tutor in New Testament Studies at Chichester Theological College. I then taught New Testament at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, between 1994 and 2013, where I completed my DPhil. Between 2013 and 2022 I was Associate Professor of New Testament at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I returned to Oxford and St Stephen’s House in January 2023.

Faculty Research Area(s): 

Biblical Studies: New Testament 

Research Interests:

Gospel of Matthew; Book of Revelation; reception history of the New Testament; visual exegesis.


Editorial Board, Wiley Blackwell Bible Commentaries

Current Projects:

International Critical Commentary on the Book of Revelation

Educational Background (optional): 

BA (Hons) in Theology, Oriel College, Oxford (1990; MA 1994)

MPhil in Theology (New Testament), Oriel College, Oxford (1992)

DPhil in Theology, St Stephen’s House, Oxford (2011): ‘Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse,’ supervised by Professor Christopher Rowland.



Publications & Research Outputs:


Christ in the Book of Revelation. Biblical Studies from the CBA. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2021. 

Matthew Through the Centuries. Wiley-Blackwell Bible Commentaries. Hoboken, NJ, and Chichester: John Wiley, 2019.

Discovering Matthew: Content, Interpretation, Reception. London: SPCK, 2014. US edition Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2015.

Patmos in the Reception History of the Apocalypse. Oxford Theology and Religion Monograph series; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.


Edited Volumes

Ian Boxall and Bradley C. Gregory, ed., The New Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Heidi J. Hornik, Ian Boxall, and Bobbi Dykema, ed., The Art of Biblical Interpretation: Visual Portrayals of Scriptural Narratives. SBL Bible and its Reception series. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2021.

Ian Boxall and Richard Tresley, ed., The Book of Revelation and Its Interpreters: Short Studies and an Annotated Bibliography. Lanham, Boulder, New York and London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.


Book Chapters and Articles 

‘Revelation,’ in The Miraculous and the Biblical Traditions. Edited by Graham H. Twelftree. Leiden: Brill. In press.

‘Visualizing the New Jerusalem: Reception of Patristic Exegetical Traditions in Medieval Illuminated Apocalypses,’ in The New Jerusalem in Patristic Reception. Edited by Nathan Betz, Johan Leemans and Anthony Dupont. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. In press.

‘Israel’s Scriptures in the Revelation of John,’ in Israel’s Scriptures in Early Christian Writings: The Use of the Old Testament in the New. Edited by Matthias Henze and David Lincicum. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2023, pp. 555‒76.

‘Uses of the Bible in Communities of Faith,’ in The New Cambridge Companion to Biblical Interpretation. Edited by Ian Boxall and Bradley C. Gregory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 356–74.

‘Roman Catholic Perspective on the New Testament Canon,’ in Five Views on the New Testament Canon. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and Benjamin P. Laird. Grand Rapids: Kregel, pp. 131-57.

‘Origen’s Commentary on Matthew and the Reception of Matthew’s Gospel,’ in The Composition, Theology, and Early Reception of Matthew’s Gospel. Edited by Joseph Verheyden, Jens Schröter, and David C. Sim. WUNT 477; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2022, pp. 321–40.

‘Seeing Christ’s Angel: The Contribution of Visual Exegesis to the Interpretation of Revelation 10,’ in The Art of Biblical Interpretation: Visual Portrayals of Scriptural Narratives. Edited by Heidi Hornik, Ian Boxall, and Bobbi Dykema. SBL Bible and its Reception series. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2021, pp. 261-92.

The Last of the Patriarchs: A Marginal Motif in the Visual Reception of Saint Joseph,’ Die Bibel in der Kunst / Bible in the Arts 5 (2021).

‘Joseph Son of David in the Reception History of Matthew’s Gospel,’ in The Gospel of Matthew in its Historical and Theological Context: Papers from the International Conference in Moscow, September 24 to 28, 2018. Edited by Mikhail Seleznev, William R.G. Loader and Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr. WUNT 459; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2021, pp. 29-46.

‘Matthew,’ in The Jerome Biblical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century. Edited by John J. Collins, Gina Hens-Piazza, Barbara Reid OP, and Donald Senior CP. London and New York: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2021. 56,000 word commentary.

‘The Reception History of the Book of Revelation,’ in The Oxford Handbook of the Book of Revelation. Edited by Craig R. Koester. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 377-94.

‘Apocalyptic Sensibility in Renaissance Europe,’ in The Cambridge Companion to Apocalyptic Literature. Edited by Colin McAllister. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp. 212-230.

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