Associate Professor of New Testament
Phone: (805) 565-7047
Office Location: Porter Center 13
Monday- 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
and by appointment
Second Temple Judaism
War, family and violence in the Bible
Caryn A. Reeder joined the Religious Studies department in 2007. She teaches New Testament Greek, Introduction to New Testament, and upper-division New Testament courses including Jesus and the Gospels, the Church in the New Testament, Paul and his Legacy, and Gender in Theological Perspective. Dr. Reeder also teaches in the Gender Studies program.
Dr. Reeder grew up on a farm in central Illinois. Having failed to learn to drive a tractor, she went off to Augustana College, where she completed a B.A. in Psychology and Religious Studies. She worked as a staff member with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Jerusalem before returning to graduate school to earn an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, and an M.Phil. in Old Testament and Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of Cambridge.
Her research interests vary from the family and violence in the Bible and biblical worlds, to the interpretations of biblical texts in modern churches, to women’s interpretations of biblical texts throughout history. Dr. Reeder’s publications include the following:
- 'Child, Children' and 'Family.' Pages 109-113 and 262-265 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Edited by Joel B. Green et al. Rev. Ed. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013.
- “Malachi 3:24 and the Eschatological Restoration of the ‘Family.’” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69.4 (2007): 695-709.
- “Vindicating Womankind: Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.” Pages 34-52 in Breaking Boundaries: Female Biblical Interpreters Who Challenged the Status Quo. Edited by Nancy Koyzis and Heather Weir. T&T Clark International, 2010.
- The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond. Baker Academic, 2012.
- “Sex and Execution: Deuteronomy 22:20-24.” Expository Times 124.6 (2013): 272-281. Online First: http://ext.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/11/01/0014524612465382 (5 November 2012).
- “Pity the Women and Children: Punishment by Siege in Josephus’s Jewish War.” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 44.2 (2013): 174-194.
- “Wives and Daughters: Women, Sex, and Violence in Biblical Tradition.” Ex Auditu 28 (2013): 122-146.
- “Gender, War, and Josephus.” Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 46 (2015). 65:85.
- With Joseph R. Dodson, Ralph K. Hawkins, Michael D. Matlock, and Beth D. Stovell. Reading Scripture Deeply. Edited by Richard S. Hess and E. Randolph Richards. Forthcoming with International Reference Library for Biblical Research
- '1 Peter 3:1-6: Biblical Authority and Battered Wives.' Forthcoming in Bulletin for Biblical Research.
Her current research addresses the women, children, and infants represented in Luke 21:20-24. What was the place of women and children in warfare in the New Testament worlds? How would they have experienced war, participated in battle, and suffered the effects of war? What makes pregnant women, nursing mothers, and their infants such a powerful image of the destruction and horror of war?