The Bible & Sex



Jennifer Wright Knust HarperJennifer Wright Knust
 (Ph.D. Columbia University) teaches and conducts research on the transmission and reception of the Gospels, ancient rhetoric and early Christian discourse, and gender and Christian origins at The Boston University School of Theology. 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.


ben2Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and also serves on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is one of the top New Testament scholars in the world and an elected member of the prestigious Society for New Testament Studies. Witherington has written over thirty books, including Jesus the Sage (2000),Jesus and Money (2010), and The Christology of Jesus (1990). Two of his books, The Jesus Quest(1995) and The Paul Quest (1998) were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today.Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the PAX Network.  You can check out his blog at


DaleBMartinDale B. Martin (Ph. D., Yale University) specializes in New Testament and Christian Origins, including attention to social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. Before joining the Yale faculty in 1999, he taught at Rhodes College and Duke University. His books include:Slavery as Salvation: The Metaphor of Slavery in Pauline Christianity; The Corinthian Body; Inventing Superstition: from the Hippocratics to the Christians; Sex and the Single Savior: Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation; Pedagogy of the Bible: an Analysis and Proposal; and New Testament History and Literature. He has edited several books, including (with Patricia Cox Miller), The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and Historiography. He was an associate editor for the revision and expansion of the Encyclopedia of Religion, published in 2005. He has published several articles on topics related to the ancient family, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and ideology of modern biblical scholarship, including titles such as: “Contradictions of Masculinity: Ascetic Inseminators and Menstruating Men in Greco-Roman Culture.” He currently is working on issues in biblical interpretation, social history and religion in the Greco-Roman world, and sexual ethics.


michaelbirdMichael F. Bird (Ph.D. University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology and New Testament at Crossway College in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of several books including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (2006), The Saving Righteousness of God (2007), A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul (2008), Colossians and Philemon (2009), Crossing Over Sea and Land: Jewish Missionary Activity in the Second Temple Period (2009), and Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (2009). He attends Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church where he preaches regularly.



Moore_Stephen-200x300Stephen Moore received a Ph. D. in New Testament from the University of Dublin (Trinity College) in 1986. He subsequently taught at Trinity, and also at Yale Divinity School, Wichita State University, and the University of Sheffield before coming to Drew University in 1999. His research centers on the interface of biblical studies and other contiguous fields, especially literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, and ecological studies. His recent publications include The Body-Builder, the Sex Worker, and the Sheep: Untold Stories from the Book of Revelation (forthcoming), and The Invention of the Biblical Scholar: A Critical Manifesto (2011).



sandra_richterSandra Richter is professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary and affiliate professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University’s Near Eastern Language and Civilizations department. One of her contributions at Wesley and Asbury has been the creation of an Israel Studies program specializing in historical geography and archaeology. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as an instructor at Harvard Divinity School, and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Her current research interests include the intersection between Biblical law and contemporary environmental issues. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker in university, church and other settings.