Wayne McCready

Dr. Wayne Osborne McCready

PhD, MA, MRel


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Working with the Abrahamic religions in the discipline of Religious Studies, my primary areas of research have to do with Second Temple Judaism (ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE).  In particular, I concentrate on how Second Temple Judaism was a birthing environment for the origins of Christianity, and for early Judaism.  I am interested in group identity and self-definition in the ancient context.

For 11 years (2002-2013), I was the Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary.  My research at the Humanities Institute focused on the role of the humanities for meaning-making in light of place studies, as well as authority and civil society


  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. 1998
  • The Order of the University of Calgary, The University of Calgary. 2015