Lynn Huber

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies
Spence Pavilion-Religion/Phil. 208
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
lhuber@elon.edu (336) 278-5709

Professional Expertise

New Testament Studies

Brief Biography

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lynn R. Huber has gradually made her way East.  After studying philosophy at Nortwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho and spending time working at Liberation Community, a non-profit, urban ministry in Fort Worth, Texas, Lynn moved to Atlanta, Georgia to study at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.  After graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Candler, Lynn continued her studies at Emory in the field of New Testament Studies, where she began working on the Book of Revelation, using the tools of rhetroical analysis and conceptual metaphor theory.  She defended her dissertation on April Fool's Day in 2004 and began teaching at Elon later that year. 

Dr. Huber's teaching focuses on the New Testament and early Christian history.  She teaches Introduction to the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, as well as courses focusing upon the emerging Christian community's literature within the context of Second Temple Judaism.  Her research focuses primarily on the Book of Revelation, as well as exploring the construction of gender, sexuality and virginity in the early Christian context, the rhetorical use of metaphor, and the ways that apocalyptic texts prompt audiences to visualize.  She is interested in visual representations of biblical texts, especially Revelation, and has written on using visual art to teach the Bible. 

Education

Ph.D., awarded with distinction (New Testament and Early Christianity), Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 2004.

M.Div., magna cum laude, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 1996.

B.A., magna cum laude (Philosophy), Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID, 1992.

Courses Taught

Religion in a Global Context, Introduction to the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, Sex Lives of Saints: Sex, Gender and Family in Early Christianity, Messiahs, Martyrs, and Memory, The Apocalyptic Imagination, Ancient and Modern, Italy’s Heritage: Past is Present (Winter Term in Italy).

 

Leadership Positions

Department Chair, Religious Studies.

 

Current Projects

I am currently co-writing a feminist commentary on the Book of Revelation to be published by Liturgical Press.

Publications

Books

Thinking and Seeing with Women in Revelation.  London:  Bloomsbury T and T Clark, 2013.

“Like a Bride Adorned”:  Reading Metaphor in John’s Apocalypse.  New York:  T and T Clark, 2007.

Essays and Articles

“Same-sex Relations: New Testament” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies.  Edited by Julia M. O’Brien.  New York:  Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“Satan.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Mentoring and Collaborating in Undergraduate Research,” written with John Lanci.  In Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies, Rebecca Todd Peters and Bernadette McNary-Zak, eds.  Oxford UP, 2011

“Undergraduate Research in Textual Fields,” written with Robin Rinehart. In Teaching Undergraduate Research in Religious Studies, Rebecca Todd Peters and Bernadette McNary-Zak, eds.  Oxford UP, 2011.

“Gazing at the Whore:  Reading Revelation Queerly.” In Bible Trouble:  Queer Readings at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, Semeia Studies, Teresa Hornsby and Ken Stone, eds..  Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

“Unveiling the Bride:  Revelation’s Nuptial Imagery and Roman Social Discourse.”  In A Feminist Companion to Apocalyptic Literature, Amy-Jill Levine, ed.  Sheffield:  Sheffield AP, 2009.

“Sexually Explicit?  Re-reading Revelation’s 144,000 Virgins as a Response to Roman Social Discourses.”  Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality 2.1 (2008):  3-28.

“Abstract and Non-Biblical Art.”  In The Bible, Popular Culture, and the Arts: Resources for Instructors, Patrick Gray and Mark Roncase, eds. Atlanta:  Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

“Visual Art,” written with Dan E. Clanton and Jane Webster. In The Bible, Popular Culture, and the Arts: Resources for Instructors, Patrick Gray and Mark Roncase, eds. Atlanta:  Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.

“The Bible and Art,” written with Dan E. Clanton.  SBL Forum (Aug. 2008): http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/SBLForum.aspx.

“Introducing Revelation through the Visual Arts.”  In Teaching the Bible:  Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, Patrick Gray and Mark Roncase, eds.  Atlanta:  Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

“Anti-Christs and Little Children:  Imagining the Johannine Letters.” In Teaching the Bible:  Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, Patrick Gray and Mark Roncase, eds.  Atlanta:  Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Awards

LGBTQIA Community Enrichment Award, given by the Elon LGBTQIA Alumni Network, 2013.

Elon College of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2008.