Jennifer Wright Knust

Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins
(617) 358-4222
B.S. University of Illinois, Urbana
M.Div. Union Theological Seminary
Ph. D. Columbia University

Professor Knust teaches and conducts research on the transmission and reception of the Gospels, ancient rhetoric and early Christian discourse, and gender and Christian origins. Her publications include Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity (Columbia University Press 2005), Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions on Sex and Desire (HarperOne 2011) and, with Zsuzsanna Varhélyi, the edited volume Sacrifice in the Ancient Mediterranean (Oxford University Press 2011). She has published essays on a variety of topics, including the letters of Paul, Latin versions of the Bible, and the transmission of the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11), with essays appearing in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Harvard Theological Review, Religion Compass and a number of edited volumes. She has received fellowships and awards from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Association of Theological Schools/Henry Luce III Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women. During the academic year 2012-2013, she will be in residence at the American Academy in Rome as a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.


RN 202 From Jesus to Christ
CC 102 Core Humanities II
RN 224 Women and Religion
RN 301/601 Varieties of Ancient Christianity


TN 721 Introduction to the New Testament
TN 723 New Testament Greek I
TN 724 New Testament Greek II
TN 803 Jesus in the Gospels
TN 804 The Christian Bible: A History
TN 816 Greek Reading
TH 817 Varieties of Ancient Christianity
TN 825 Gender and the Family in Ancient Christianity
TN 920 New Testament Seminar (Gender and Christian Origins)