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Jennifer W. Knust, Professor of Religious 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 2023):

    Gray 220, M 01:40 PM-04:10 PM
    (also cross-listed as CLST 881.01, HISTORY 881.01)
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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

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Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Knust, J, Review of The Body and Desire: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical Theology, by Raphael A. Cadenhead, Journal of Roman Studies, vol. 111 (November, 2021), pp. 338-339, Cambridge University Press [doi]
  2. Knust, J; Wasserman, T, Codex Bezae as Repository, in Studies on the Intersection of Text, Paratext, and Reception A Festschrift in Honor of Charles E. Hill, edited by Lanier, GR; Reid, JN (May, 2021), pp. 142-176, Brill, ISBN 900444646X  [abs]
  3. Knust, J, Review of Beyond Mary or Martha: Reclaiming Ancient Models of Discipleship, by Jennifer S. Wyant, Review of Biblical Literature (July, 2020), Society of Biblical Literature
  4. Wright Knust, J, ‘Who Were the Maccabees?’ The Maccabean Martyrs and Performances of Christian Difference, in Martyrdom: Canonization, Contestation, and Afterlives, edited by Willem van Henten, J; Saloul, I (January, 2020), pp. 79-104, Amsterdam University Press [doi]  [abs]
  5. Knust, J; Wasserman, T, The Pericope of the Adulteress (John 7:53-8:11): A New Chapter in its Textual Transmission, Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, vol. 85 (2020), pp. 22-55, Svenska exegetiska sällskapet (Swedish Exegetical Society)

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