Monsignor John P. Meier
William K. Warren Foundation Professor of Theology
An incredibly learned man and priest of the Archdiocese of New York, Monsignor John P. Meier is a New Testament scholar, most famous for his work on the historical Jesus— Jesus’ life on earth as man. Due to Meier’s extensive knowledge on this topic, he began the series, A Marginal Jew, about 20 years ago. The four volumes that have since appeared have been translated into many languages and used as “manuals” by distinguished scholars and diverse clergy around the world. The fifth and last volume is eagerly awaited.
Meier’s other scholarly interests include the overall history and theology of the gospels, particularly Matthew, Palestinian Judaism in the first century A.D., and the relation of the Coptic Gospel of Thomas to the Synoptic Gospels.
Meier studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he received a licentiate in theology, awarded with the papal gold medal. He was ordained at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, in 1967. He was appointed a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II in 1995, in recognition of his service to the Church, and granted the title of “Monsignor” in accordance.
One of four endowed faculty positions bearing the Warren name, this professorship was a gift of the William K. Warren Foundation, which was founded by its Oklahoma oil executive namesake in 1945. Warren’s son, William K. Warren Jr. (’56), is a Life Trustee of the University.