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, including chairing the Women in the Biblical World section of the Society of Biblical Literature. She is a frequent lecturer at church, conference and teaching events.

    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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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

    "Allusion and Meaning in John 6," vol. 137 in the Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft series. Walter de Gruyter,2005

    Selected Awards

    Fund for Innovative Teaching Grant, Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (declined), 2014.

    Venture Fund Grant for Creativity in Curricular and Pedagogical Approaches, Vanderbilt University, 2007.

    Regional Scholar Award, Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

    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, 1995.

    Kenyon J. Wildrick Award for Excellence in Homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1995.

    Serivce of Word, Cannon Chapel, January 28, 2016

    "Four Myths About the Status of Women in the Early Church" - OUPblog, September 4, 2015

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

    Selected Courses

    New Testament Interpretation

    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