Caryn Reeder

Caryn Reeder

Associate Professor of New Testament
Phone: (805) 565-7047
Office Location: Porter Center 13

Office Hours
FALL 2017 - Westmont in Northern Europe

New Testament
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:

  • ‘Wartime Rape, Romans, and the First Jewish Revolt.’ Forthcoming in Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period.
  • ‘Deuteronomy 21.10-14 and/as Wartime Rape.’ Forthcoming in Journal for the Study of the Old Testament.
  • ‘1 Peter 3:1-6: Biblical Authority and Battered Wives.’ Bulletin for Biblical Research 25.4 (2015): 519-539.
  • 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. International Reference Library for Biblical Research, 2015.
  • ‘Gender, War, and Josephus.’ Journal for the Study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Period 46 (2015): 65-85.
  • ‘Wives and Daughters: Women, Sex, and Violence in Biblical Tradition.’ Ex Auditu 28 (2013): 122-146.
  • ‘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.
  • The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.


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?  

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