Lynn Cohick, Ph.D.

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Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 515
Phone: (630)752-5256
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Education

Ph.D. in NT/Christian Origins from University of Pennsylvania, 1996

About Lynn Cohick

I enjoy studying the Apostle Paul and his epistles within their larger Jewish and Greco-Roman environments. I am interested in how Jews and Christians lived out their faith in the Roman Empire, as well as how Jews and Christians today can better appreciate and understand each other. I study women in the ancient world, and explore the impact of feminist thought on New Testament studies. I had the privilege of teaching overseas at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya, for three years (1998-2000). When I’m not teaching or writing, I enjoy reading mysteries and jogging with my husband, Jim.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 213 NT Literature and Interpretation
  • BITH 325 Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics
  • BITH 352 Paul of Tarsus
  • BITH 353 New Testament in the Mediterranean World
  • BITH 354 Women in the New Testament
  • BITH 356 First Corinthians
  • BITH 357 Women in Early Christianity
  • BITH 365 Prison Epistles
  • BITH 469 Second Corinthians
  • BITH 552 Jewish Background to the New Testament
  • GEND 494 Gender Studies Capstone

Membership in Professional Societies

  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research

Research

Research interests include Pauline Studies, Jewish / Christian Relations in the Roman Period, Christian Ethics, and Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions.

Publications

Books

Philippians in The Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

Ephesians in the New Covenant Commentary. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010.

Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

Cohick, Lynn H., Gary M. Burge, and Gene L. Green. The New Testament in Antiquity. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

The Peri Pascha Attributed to Melito of Sardis: Setting, Purpose and Sources. Brown Judaic Studies, 327. Providence, RI: Brown University Press, 2000.

Chapters/Articles

“Mothers, Martyrs, and Manly Courage: The Female Martyr in 2 Maccabees, 4 Maccabees, and the Acts of Paul and Thecla” pages xxx-xxx in A Most Reliable Witness: Essays in Honor of Ross Shepard Kraemer. Edited by N. DesRosiers and Shira L. Lander. Providence: Brown University Press, forthcoming.

“Ephesians, the New Perspective, and the Christian Life,” pages xxx-xxx in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective. Edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph Modica. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming.

“Intertextuality in Melito of Sardis,” pages xxx-xxx in Intertextuality in the Second Century. Edited by Jeffrey Bingham and Clayton Jefford. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

“Women, Children, and Families in the Roman World” pages 179-88 in The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Edited by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2013.

“Paul’s Letter to the Philippians,” pages 166-82 in Jesus is Lord: Not Caesar: Evaluating Empire Studies Today. Edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

“Colossians” pages 1395-1412 in Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Edited by Gary M. Burge and Andrew E. Hill. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.

“Jews and Christians” pages 68-83 in The Routledge Companion to Early Christian Thought. Edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham. NY: Routledge, 2010.

“Jesus, King of the Jews” pages 111-132 in Who Do My Opponents Say that I Am? Edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica. London: T & T Clark, 2008.

“Prophecy, Women Leadership and the Body of Christ,” pages 81-97 in Women, Ministry and the Gospel, Exploring New Paradigms. Edited by Mark A. Husbands and Timothy T. Larsen. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

"Melito’s Peri Pascha, its Relationship to Judaism and Sardis in Recent Scholarly Discussion," pages 123-140 in Evolution of the Synagogue. Edited by Howard Clark Kee and Lynn H. Cohick, Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1999.

Reviews

Paul and the Miraculous: A Historical Reconstruction by Graham H. Twelftree (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013) in Trinity Journal 35.2 (2014): 332-334.

Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse: Thinking Beyond Thecla by Caroline Vander Stichele and Todd Penner  (London: T&T Clark, London, 2009) in Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology 66.2 (2012): 229-30.

The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God by Timothy Gombis (Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press, 2010) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 54.3 (2011): 638-39.

Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity in The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library by Luke Timothy Johnson (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009) in Bulletin of Biblical Research 21.3 (2011): 433.

Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of Paul and Luke by Seyoon Kim (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008) in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, 29.1 (Spring 2011): 129.

Mark in Baker Exegetical Commentary by Robert H. Stein (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008) in Bulletin for Biblical Research 20.2 (2010): 269-271.

The Letter to the Philippians in Pillar New Testament Commentary, by G. Walter Hansen (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53.4 (2010): 844-46.

Dictionary of Jewish-Christian Relations edited by Edward Kessler and Neil Wenborn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53.1 (2010): 204-7.

Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion by David W. Chapman (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008) in Bulletin for Biblical Research, 19.4 (2009): 261-2.

Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament by Kent E. Brower and Andy Johnson (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007) in Bulletin for Biblical Research, 19.1 (2009): 142-43.

From the Lost Teachings of Polycarp, by Charles E. Hill (Tubingen: Möhr Siebeck, 2006) in Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2 (2008): 359-60.

Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament by David L. Dungan (Minn., MN: Fortress Press, 2007) in Journal of Church and State, 49.1 (2007): 141-43.

Junia the First Woman Apostle, by Eldon Jay Epp. Themelios 32.1 (2006): 68-9.

Melito und das Judentum: Dissertation zur Erlangung des Doktorgrades der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der Universität Regensburg, by Ingeborg Angerstorfer (Regensburg, 1986) in The Second Century 9,3 (1992): 188-89.

Dictionary Articles

“Melito of Sardis,” pages xxx-xxx in Dictionary of Evangelical Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming.

“The Fruit of the Spirit,” pages xxx-xxx in Dictionary of Evangelical Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming.

“The Trial of Jesus,” pages 972-79 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

“Pharisees,” pages 673-79 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

“Common Judaism,” pages 452-58 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

“Headship” pages 349-350 in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics. Edited by Joel B. Green. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

“Roman Citizenship” page 728 in Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Edited by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

“The City of Rome” pages 744-745 in Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook. Edited by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

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