Jackson GlennaProfessor, Department of Religion and Philosophy
Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio

An active Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, Glenna Jackson is involved in a variety of Westar projects. She has spent sabbaticals as a scholar-teacher at Africa University in Zimbabwe, The Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, The American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and research in Namibia, Malawi, Botswana, and South Africa. In addition, she has a research affiliation with The University of Pretoria and has lectured in Cameroon, Finland, Canada, Australia and The Journeys of Paul in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Crete. Her passion for both teaching and research centers on issues of social justice from the first century through today’s world and on a global basis. You can find a story about her in the United Methodist News Service (February 8, 2012): “Africa becomes theology professor’s passion.” She has traveled in more than fifteen countries in Africa and nearly ten in the Middle East. Prior to earning a Ph.D., Glenna had a private teaching studio for piano, organ, and harpsichord, and served as a director of Christian education and organist/handbell director at churches in California and Wisconsin. She and her husband Gary have four children and nine grandchildren.

Selected Publications:

  • Editorial Board, The Fourth R: An Advocate for Religious Literacy (Santa Rosa, California).
  • Review Staff, Hervormde Teologiese Studies (University of Pretoria, South Africa).
  • “The ‘Complete Gospel’ Revisited: Middle East and African Influences,” HTS 70:1 [70th Anniversary Edition (2014)/Johan Buitendag Dedication], Art. #2760, 6 pages [http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i1.2760].
  • “Death, Afterlife, and Ancestors in Africa” with Jean Ntahoturi and Mbengu David Nyiawung in Ellens, ed., Heaven, Hell, and Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Vol. 3; Praeger, 2013), pp. 109-134.
  • “Parable Parallels from Cameroon,” Voices from Kumba 4 (Cameroon) [Diamond Jubilee Edition, 2013), pp. 238-52.
  • “Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Andries van Aarde: Radical Inclusivity” Hervormde Teologiese Studies [Festschrift: Andries van Aarde 67:1 (2011), pp. 11-16.
  • “Religious Diversity: A Recipe for Peace or Violence?” AXIAL (Spring 2010), pp. 5-14.
  • “The Trials of Jesus,” in Kathleen E. Corley and Robert L. Webb, eds., Jesus and Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ: The Film, the Gospels and the Claims of History (New York: Continuum, 2004), pp. 118-127.
  • ‘Have Mercy On Me’: The Story of the Canaanite Woman in Matthew 15.21-28 (Sheffield, England: the Copenhagen International Seminar Series; Sheffield Academic Press, 2002).

Selected Publications for Polebridge:

  • “Another Look at the Canaanite Woman,” The Fourth R 25/5 (September-October 2012), pp. 10-14.
  • “From Hippo to Hippos: Being on the Edge of Smash in Africa” in Hedrick, ed., When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press, 2008), pp. 1-11.
  • “The Gospel according to an Apostate: At least, according to some of my students,” FORUM 7/1 (Spring 2004), pp. 118-127.
  • “The Jesus Seminar in Africa,” in The Historical Jesus Goes to Church (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press, 2004), pp. 81-90.
  • “Choosing Hymns (with one ear tuned for historicity, the other for sensitivity),” The Fourth R 17/1 (January-February 2004), pp. 14-18.
  • Paul A. Laughlin with Glenna S. Jackson, Remedial Christianity: What Every Believer Should Know About The Faith But Probably Doesn’t! (Santa Rosa, CA: Polebridge Press, 2000).

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., University of Dubuque
  • Ph.D., Marquette University