Susan Hylen

Susan E. Hylen

Almar H. Shatford Professor of New Testament


PhD, Emory University, 2004
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1995
BA, University of California San Diego, 1990


(404) 727-3378


On research leave for the 2023-24 academic year.

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 two books on the history of women in the New Testament and early church, which offer a new way of interpreting the diverse and often contradictory evidence about the participation of women. She is also the author of three books on the Gospel of John, as well as a number of other book chapters, essays and articles. Her current research explores the social construction of gender in the New Testament period.

Hylen also serves the Candler community and the academy, contributing to several committees, advisory and editorial boards, including a role as general editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and as an editor of the New Testament Library. She is a frequent lecturer at church, conference and teaching events. She is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Finding Phoebe: What New Testament Women Were Really LikeEerdmans Publishing Company, 2023

Co-editor, Narrative Mode and Theological Claim in Johannine Literature: Essays in Honor of Gail R. O’DayThe Society of Biblical Literature, 2021

Women in the New Testament WorldOxford University Press, 2018.

A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early ChurchOxford 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 JohnWestminster John Knox Press, 2009

Co-author, JohnWestminster John Knox Press, 2006


“Malleable Masculinity: Rethinking Paul’s Masculinity in Light of Valerius Maximus,” in Journal for the Study of the New Testament, 45.2 (2022) 157-176.

“The Manliness of Women and the Social Construction of Gender in the New Testament Period,” Novum Testamentum, 64.4 (2022) 511-531

“Social History and the Miracles of Saint Thekla,” in Faszination der Wunder Jesu und der Apostel: Die Debatte um frühchristliche Wundererzählungen geht weiter, ed. Ruben Zimmerman, 2020

“Women Diakonoi and Gendered Norms of Leadership,” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 138, no. 3, 2019

“Women, Children, Slaves, and the Law in the New Testament Period,” The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law, 2019

“Ritual and the Emergence of Church Hierarchy,” Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual, 2019

“Widows in the New Testament Period,” Bible and Interpretation, February 01, 2019

“The Shepherd’s Risk: Thinking Metaphorically with John’s Gospel,” Biblical Interpretation, vol. 24, no. 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

“Metaphor Matters: Violence and Ethics in Revelation,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 73, 2011

Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2019

Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy Award, Emory University Center for Women, 2017

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

Bible and Sermon: The Gospel of John

Contextual Education I

Early Christian Women

Gender, Sexuality, and the New Testament

Greco-Roman Context of the New Testament

Interpretation of the New Testament

Revelation and its Interpreters

Social History of the New Testament Period

Teaching the Bible

The Gospel of John

In the media

July 26, 2023

We still need books about biblical women’s liberation

June 6, 2023

Finding Phoebe: What New Testament Women Were Really Like

May 8, 2023

What New Testament Women Were Really Like: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Hylen

May 7, 2023

Dr. Susan Hylen on Finding Phoebe

May 4, 2023

New books spotlight women’s leadership in New Testament

January 10, 2023

2023 Spring Convocation

November 23, 2020

New Testament Challenge Scholar Interview: The Gospel of John

October 15, 2020

Service of Word

September 4, 2015

Four myths about the status of women in the early church

February 2, 2017

Service of Word

January 28, 2016

Service of Word

January 15, 2015

Service of Word and Table

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