Susan E. Hylen

Associate Professor of New Testament
Susan E. Hylen
Phone: 404.727.3378
    • PhD, Emory University, 2004
    • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1995
    • BA, University of California San Diego, 1990

    Dr. Susan E. Hylen teaches courses in New Testament at Candler and in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, equipping students to become responsible interpreters of the biblical texts.  She has authored three books on the Gospel of John, as well as a number of other book chapters, essays and articles. Her current research explores the roles and authority of women in the early church, and offers a new way of interpreting the diverse and often contradictory evidence about the participation of women.

    A ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hylen also serves the Candler community and the academy, contributing to several committees, advisory and editorial boards. She is a frequent lecturer at church, conference and teaching events. She was recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy Award from the Center for Women at Emory and the Emory Alumni Association.

    Before joining Candler’s faculty in 2012, Hylen taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Prior to her graduate studies, she served as director of a rape crisis service in a two-county area of rural upstate New York.

    Selected Publications

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    A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church. Oxford University Press, 2015

    Co-author,New Proclamation Year B 2012: Easter Through Christ the King Sunday. Fortress Press, 2012

    Imperfect Believers: Ambiguous Characters in the Gospel of John. Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

    Co-author,John. Westminster John Knox Press, 2006

    Chapters and Articles

    "The Shepherd's Risk: Thinking Metaphorically with John's Gospel." Biblical Interpretation, vol. 24, issue 3, Brill, July 15, 2016

    "John," "1 John," "2 and 3 John." CEB Student Bible, Abingdon Press, August 18, 2015

    "John 10:7-10, Exegetical Perspective." Feasting on the Gospels: John, Westminster John Knox Press, June 12, 2015

    "Glory." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Theology, Vol. 1, Oxford University Press, April 01, 2015

    "The 'Domestication' of Saint Thecla: Characterization of Thecla in the Life and Miracles of Saint Thecla." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 30, no. 2, Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc., October 01, 2014

    "Modest, Industrious, and Loyal: Reinterpreting Conflicting Evidence for Women's Roles." Biblical Theology Bulletin, vol. 44, no. 1, Sage, January 17, 2014

    Selected Awards

    Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy Award, Emory University Center for Women

    Fund for Innovative Teaching Grant, Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (declined)

    Venture Fund Grant for Creativity in Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches, Vanderbilt University

    Regional Scholar Award, Society of Biblical Literature

    Bandy Fellowship, Candler School of Theology, 1999-2002.

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship, Emory University, 1999-2004.

    Master's Thesis awarded Fellowship for Religion and Society, Princeton Theological Seminary

    Kenyon J. Wildrick Award for Excellence in Homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, February 2, 2017

    Serivce of Word, Cannon Chapel, January 28, 2016

    "Safe on Weekends: Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in the Church" - Candler Practical Ministry Webinars, October 21, 2015

    "Four Myths About the Status of Women in the Early Church" - Oxford University Press blog, September 4, 2015

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, January 15, 2015

    Selected Courses

    Interpretation of the New Testament

    Teaching the Bible

    The Book of Revelation and its Interpreters

    Early Christian Women

    Bible and Sermon: The Gospel of John

    Contextual Education I

    The Gospel of John

    Greco-Roman Context of the New Testament