Caryn Reeder

Caryn Reeder

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

Office Hours
Monday- 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
and by appointment

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:

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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