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.