Prof Judith Wolfe

Prof Judith Wolfe

Professor of Philosophical Theology

Researcher profile

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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.


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 

Research areas

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). 

PhD supervision

  • James Smoker
  • Austin Kopack
  • Wade Bellesbach
  • Cameron Crickenberger
  • Lee Wakeman
  • Jarek Jankowski
  • Charles Howell
  • Tomos Roberts-Young
  • Dante Clementi

Selected publications

  • Philosophical Myths of the End

    Wolfe, J., 2022, (In preparation) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Oxford History of Modern German Theology. 3 vols.

    Wolfe, J. (ed.), Lincicum, D. (ed.) & Zachhuber, J. (ed.), 2023, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Hope

    Wolfe, J., 31 Aug 2022, Edinburgh critical history of twentieth-century Christian theology. Ziegler, P. G. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 333-344 12 p. (The Edinburgh critical history of Christian theology).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • The End of Images: towards a phenomenology of eschatological expectation

    Wolfe, J., 11 Aug 2022, Image as theology: the power of visual art in shaping Christian thought, devotion, and imagination. McInroy, M., Strine, C. & Torrance, A. (eds.). Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, (Arts and the Sacred; vol. 6).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Open access

    The eschatological turn in German philosophy

    Wolfe, J., Jan 2019, In: Modern Theology. 35, 1, p. 55-70

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • The Oxford handbook of nineteenth-century Christian thought

    Wolfe, J. (ed.), Rasmussen, J. (ed.) & Zachhuber, J. (ed.), 22 Jun 2017, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 736 p. (Oxford handbooks )

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  • Open access


    Wolfe, J., Dec 2019, Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Christian Thought. Rasmussen, J., Wolfe, J. & Zachhuber, J. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 676-696 (Oxford Handbooks).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Open access

    Hermione's Sophism: Ordinariness and Theatricality in The Winter's Tale

    Wolfe, J., Sept 2015, In: Philosophy and Literature. 39, 1A, p. A83-A105

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Heidegger and theology

    Wolfe, J., 19 Jun 2014, London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark. 242 p. (Philosophy and theology)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open access

    Heidegger's Black Notebooks: caught in the trap of his own ideas

    Wolfe, J., 1 Jun 2014, In: Standpoint.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


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