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Kelly Iverson

Associate Professor of New Testament


  • Ph.D., The Catholic University of America (2006)
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary (2001)
  • Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University (1994)


A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Dr. Iverson joined the faculty of Baylor University in 2012 having previously taught at the University of St. Andrews (2007-2012). His research focuses on the dynamics of biblical interpretation, in particular how the oral cultures that produced the Jesus tradition impacted the transmission and reception of the gospels. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.

Academic Interests and Research:

New Testament Gospels (Mark and Matthew), orality, performance, and narrative criticism

Authored and Edited Books:

From Text to Performance: Narrative and Performance Criticisms in Dialogue and Debate, Kelly R. Iverson (ed.), forthcoming.

Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera, Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson (eds.), Early Christianity and Its Literature 7, Atlanta: SBL/Brill, 2012.

Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect, Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner (eds.), Resources for Biblical Study 65, Atlanta: SBL/Brill, 2011.

Gentiles in the Gospel of Mark: "Even the Dogs Under the Table Eat the Children's Crumbs," Library of New Testament Studies 339, London: T&T Clark, 2007.

Selected Research Articles:

"Incongruity, Humor, and Mark: Performance and the Use of Laughter in the Second Gospel (Mark 8.14-21)," New Testament Studies, forthcoming.

"Performance Criticism," in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation (ed. Steven McKenzie; Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

"Gentiles," in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd ed. (ed. Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown, and Nicholas Perrin; Downers Grove: IVP, forthcoming).

"Jews, Gentiles, and the Kingdom of God: The Parable of the Wicked Tenants in Narrative Perspective (Mark 12:1-12)," Biblical Interpretation 20 (2012): 305-35.

"An Enemy of the Gospel? Anti-Paulinisms and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew," in Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera (ed. Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson; Early Christianity and Its Literature; SBL/Brill, 2012).

"A Centurion's ‘Confession': A Performance-Critical Analysis of Mark 15:39," Journal of Biblical Literature 130.2 (2011): 329-50.

"‘Wherever the Gospel is Preached': The Paradox of Secrecy in the Gospel of Mark," in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (ed. Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner; Resources for Biblical Study 65; Atlanta: SBL/Brill, 2011), 181-210.

"St. Mark," in Encyclopedia of Christian Literature (ed. G. T. Kurian and J. D. Smith III; Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2010), 2.444-45.

"Orality and the Gospels: A Survey of Recent Research," Currents in Biblical Research 8.1 (2009): 71-106.

"A Further Word on Final Γάρ (Mark 16:8)," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68/1 (2006): 79-94.

Current and Former Areas of PhD Supervision:

  • Shepherd imagery in 1 Peter
  • Ancient biography and the Gospels
  • Atonement in Mark's ransom saying
  • Unjust judging in Matthew
  • Feasts in John's Gospel
  • Shepherd motif in John 20-21


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