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Jennifer W. Knust, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of the Center for Late Ancient Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer W. Knust

Jennifer Knust is a scholar of religion who specializes in early Christian history and the religions of the ancient Mediterranean. Author of To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story(with Tommy Wasserman, Princeton 2018), Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire (HarperONE 2011), and Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity (Columbia 2005), she studies early Christian texts, their contexts, and their receptions from multiple angles, with a particular focus on rhetoric and gendered discourse. Her numerous articles, book chapters, and edited books address the materiality of texts, the intersection of Christian practices with other ancient religions, and the ethics of interpretation in ancient as well as contemporary contexts. 

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Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Languages 312, M 12:00 PM-02:30 PM
Teaching (Spring 2022):

    Social Sciences 119, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
  • RELIGION 361.01, THE END OF THE WORLD Synopsis
    Social Sciences 119, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
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Tuesdays 12 pm - 2 pm and by appointment

Ph.D.Columbia University2001
M.Phil.Columbia University1997
M.Div.Union Theological Seminary1991
B.S.University of Illinois1988

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Knust, J; Wasserman, T, The Wondrous Gospel of John: Jesus's Miraculous Deeds in Late Ancient Editorial and Scholarly Practice, in Healing and Exorcism in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity, vol. 511 (December, 2019), pp. 165-196, Mohr Seibeck, ISBN 316158936X  [abs]
  2. The Future of New Testament Textual Scholarship (2019), Mohr Siebeck [doi]
  3. Knust, J; Wasserman, T, To Cast the First Stone The Transmission of a Gospel Story (November, 2018), pp. 465 pages, Princeton University Press, ISBN 0691184461  [abs]
  4. The Bible and Feminism (January, 2018), Oxford University Press, ISBN 9780198722618 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Wheeler-Reed, D; Knust, JW; Martin, DB, Can a man commit {greek word presented} with his wife?, Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 137 no. 2 (January, 2018), pp. 383-398, Project Muse [doi]  [abs]

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