Susan E. Hylen

Almar H. Shatford 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 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).

    Selected Publications

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

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

    Women in the New Testament World , Oxford University Press, 2018.

    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

    “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

    Selected Awards

    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

    Susan Hylen Profile and Contributions on

    New Testament Challenge Scholar Interview: The Gospel of John, November 23, 2020

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, February 2, 2017

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, January 28, 2016

    "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

    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