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Ph.D., Emory University

M.A., University of Manitoba

B.A., University of Winnipeg

B.A., Providence College

Todd Penner

Independent Scholar and Teacher

Todd Penner is an independent scholar and teacher. He is the author of four books, The Epistle of James and Eschatology: Rereading an Ancient Christian Letter (1996), In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography (2004), (with Caroline Vander Stichele) Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse: Thinking beyond Thecla (2009), and (with Davina C. Lopez), De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories (2015), the latter of which challenges the ways in which knowledge of and information on the New Testament are generally construed and organized for public consumption. Alongside publishing over fifty articles and essays, he has also edited six collections of essays, most recently a volume on Acts in collaboration with Westar Fellow Rubén Dupertuis: Engaging Early Christian History: Reading Acts in the Second Century (2013).

Penner’s field of training is in New Testament and Christian Origins, and he has broad interests in modern interpretations of the Bible, method and theory in the study of religion, and cultural study of religion in the modern world. He is fascinated by how modern interests and ways of thinking shape the way we view the past. He works to destabilize traditional categories of knowing and thinking and takes it as a high calling to propose alternate and sometimes unsettling modes of evaluating data and making conclusions. The ethics of learning and living loom large in Penner’s teaching and research, and he is currently working on a book for a larger audience engaging the intersection of religious experience, theological interpretation, and modern urban life.

Penner has a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Emory University. He has taught at Austin College (Texas), Eckerd College (Florida), Drew University Theological School (New Jersey), and Fordham University (New York). He is currently on the teaching staff at the University of Philosophical Research (Los Angeles) and the Holmes Institute (Golden, Colorado).

Penner is the recipient of numerous awards, honors, and grants, including the Millicent C. McIntosh Fellowship, awarded by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He has been a frequent participant in Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion workshops. He has also participated more recently in several grant funded collaborative workshops related to teaching the Bible in PC(USA) liberal arts colleges. He served for many years as chair of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Rhetoric and the New Testament Section. He also served on the American Academy of Religion’s Teaching and Learning Committee. Penner has been a nominee for the CASE Professor of the Year, a scholar-in-residence at the Burke Theological Library of Columbia University, and, since 2006, a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas/Society for the Study of the New Testament. Todd Penner has been a Westar Fellow since 2006.

Books

(with Davina C. Lopez), De-Introducing the New Testament: Texts, Worlds, Methods, Stories, 2015

(with Caroline Vander Stichele), Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse: Thinking beyond Thecla, 2009

In Praise of Christian Origins: Stephen and the Hellenists in Lukan Apologetic Historiography, 2004

The Epistle of James and Eschatology: Rereading an Ancient Christian Letter, 1996

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Senior Editor (with J. O’Brien et al.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies, 2014

(with Rubén Dupertuis), Engaging Early Christian History: Reading Acts in the Second Century, 2013

(with Caroline Vander Stichele), Mapping Gender in Ancient Religious Discourses, 2007

(with Caroline Vander Stichele), Moving beyond New Testament Theology? Essays in Conversation with Heikki Räisänen, 2005

(with Caroline Vander Stichele), Her Master’s Tools? Feminist and Post-Colonial Engagements of Historical-Critical Discourse, 2005

(with Caroline Vander Stichele), Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse, 2003