Helen is interested in the social, political and cultural context of the Jesus movement and earliest Christianity. She has published widely on a range of topics: the Herods, the Judaean High Priesthood, Roman governors (particularly Pontius Pilate), Josephus, the New Testament Gospels, Jesus of Nazareth, and the trial of Jesus. Her work typically includes analysis of both historical individuals/events and the way they are used for rhetorical effect in later literary texts. In addition to a range of articles, she is the author of:
She has also appeared in a number of documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic and the Discovery channel.
Other Selected Publications:
- ‘The Politicial Authorities’ in C. Keith and L. W. Hurtado (eds.), Jesus Among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2011, pp. 219-47.
- ‘The Quest for the Historical Jesus: An Appraisal’ in D. Burkert (ed.), Blackwell’s Companion to the Historical Jesus. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwells, 2010, pp 337-354.
- ‘Barabbas Remembered’ in B. J. Oropeza, C. K. Robertson and D. Mohrmann (eds.), Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives in Honor of James D. G. Dunn for his 70th Birthday. SCM, 2009, pp. 59-71.
- ‘The Johannine Jesus in Jewish Custody (Jn 18.13-24): History and Theology’ in John, Jesus and History vol 2: Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel. Eds. P. Anderson, T. Thatcher and F. Just. SBL, 2008, pp. 313-24.
- See also these articles in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels on ‘Pilate‘ and the ‘Herodian Dynasty.’