Originally from the North-East of England, Helen read Biblical Studies at the Universities of St Andrews (Scotland), Tübingen (Germany) and Durham (England), where she wrote a PhD thesis on Pontius Pilate under the supervision of Prof J.D.G. Dunn. She taught a range of New Testament courses at Northern College in Manchester (1993-6), the University of Aberdeen (1996-2000) and the University of Edinburgh (2000 to the present), where she now holds the post of Senior Lecturer. Her research interests centre around the social and historical world of the first century, the theology and rhetoric of the texts associated with that period, and biblical archaeology. She specialises in the gospels, historical Jesus, Judaean politics, women in the first century, and Josephus. Her books include: Pontius Pilate in History and Interpretation (CUP, 1998), Caiaphas: Friend of Rome and Judge of Jesus? (WJK, 2004) and Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity (Baylor, 2007; edited with David B. Capes, April D. Deconick, and Troy A. Miller). She is currently working on a book on Jesus for Continuum’s ‘Guide for the Plerpexed’ and another one on King Herod. Helen is the author of a number of articles and studies, and has appeared several times on TV documentaries. She is married with two small children and lives between Edinburgh and Glasgow.