Professor Martin Goodman

Professor of Jewish Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies; Fellow of Wolfson College


Professor Goodman studies the political, social and religious history of the Jews in the Roman Empire, in particular the relationship of the Jews to the wider Roman world in which they lived. He is the author of a number of books on the Jewish revolts against Rome, the rabbis in the Roman world, and the history of Judaism.

He was President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies from 2014 to 2018.


  • Jews in the time of Jesus
  • History of Jews and Judaism in the Roman Empire
  • Attitudes to mission in Judaism, early Christianity and the early Roman Empire

Media experience

Professor Goodman has media experience.