Judith Wolfe


  • KY16 9JU

    United Kingdom

Accepting Postgraduate Research Students

PhD projects

Systematic and philosophical theology, especially eschatology, theological anthropology, and theological aesthetics; theology and European philosophy, especially Heidegger and his circle; Thomas Aquinas and his modern interpreters; theology and the arts (especially image and imagination; theatre and theatricality; Shakespeare); CS Lewis and his intellectual circle; modern Jewish Christianity

Personal profile

Research overview

Professor Wolfe works in systematic theology, philosophical theology in the European tradition, and theology and the arts. Her main research focus is on eschatology: on the role of the 'last things' in theological, philosophical and literary thought.

She has published widely on eschatological themes in theology, in European philosophy (especially Martin Heidegger and his circle), and in literature (especially the romance tradition from Shakespeare's late plays to C.S. Lewis). 


Judith Wolfe joined the School of Divinity in 2014, after previous appointments as Director of Studies in Theology at St John’s College, Oxford, and post-doctoral fellow at the European College of Liberal Arts in Berlin.

Besides her involvement in the leadership of the School of Divinity, Professor Wolfe serves internationally on advisory and editorial boards in the areas of theology, philosophical theology, and theology and the arts. 

She has been an invited speaker at academic conferences, seminars and workshops in the UK, USA, across Europe, and in the Middle East. She also speaks and writes internationally at literary festivals, other public events, and in the media. She has recently talked about the philosophy of hope on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time, and about theology and the arts on PBS’s Closer to Truth.

She holds a BA in English Literature and Interdisciplinary Honours Studies (Amirim) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, an MPhil in English Literature (1500-1660) from Oxford, an MA in Theology from Oxford, and a DPhil in Theology, also from Oxford.

Academic/Professional Qualification

D.Phil. in Theology, University of Oxford

M.A. in Theology, University of Oxford

M.Phil. in English Literature (1500-1660), University of Oxford

B.A. in Literature and Philosophy ('Amirim'), Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Teaching activity

DI2010 Philosophical Theology (with Dr Euan Grant)  
DI3703 Readings in Reformation and Early Modern Theology  
DI5415 Eschatology 
DI5451 Christian Doctrine and the Arts  
DI5453 Practical Criticism  
DI5501 Origins of Christian Theology   
DI5521 A Selected Modern Theologian 

External positions

Research Associate, University of Oxford

2015 → …


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