Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Phone: (805) 565-7047
Office Location: Porter Center 13
Monday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
and by appointment
Second Temple Judaism
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 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 in these areas include the following:
- “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.
- 'Pity the Women and Children: Punishment by Siege in Josephus’s Jewish War.’ Forthcoming in Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 44 (2013).
- 'Women, Sex, and Violence in Deut. 22:13-29.’ Forthcoming in Expository Times 124.6 (2013). Online first: Sage Journals. (5 November 2012).
She is currently researching the place of women and children in warfare in the ancient world, including their presence and participation, their suffering, and their (rhetorical) use in historiography, lamentation, and propaganda.