Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Ph.D.

Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of New Testament
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Distinguished Professor of New Testament

  • Ph.D. Duke University
  • M.Div. Union Theological Seminary
  • B.A. Phillips University

Beverly Roberts Gaventa joined the Baylor faculty in 2013. She previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Seminary, and Colgate Rochester Divinity School. She has been active in a number of professional societies, including Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Theological Association. She has served on a number of editorial boards and lectured widely in the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.

Research Interests

Dr. Gaventa specializes in the theological and historical interpretation of the letters of Paul, particularly the letter of Romans. 

Academic Honors
  • President of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2016.
  • Recipient of Festschrift The Unrelenting God: God's Action in Scripture. Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Ed. by David J. Downs and Matthew L. Skinner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013.
  • Professor Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2013-
  • Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University, 2004-
  • Member, Center of Theological Inquiry, 2000-2001, 2004-2005
  • Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), Christian Theological Seminary, 2002
  • Award of Special Merit, Disciples Theological Digest, 1988 (for From Darkness to Light)
  • Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa), Kalamazoo College, 1983
  • Award for Theological Scholarship and Research, Association of Theological Schools, 1981-82
Selected Books

When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel According to Paul.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2016.

Apocalyptic Paul. Edited volume. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2013.

The New Interpreter's Bible One Volume Commentary. Edited with David L. Petersen. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010.

The Child in the Bible. Edited with Marcia Bunge and Terence Fretheim. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Seeking the Identity of Jesus. Edited with Richard B. Hays. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

Our Mother Saint Paul. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.

The Ending of Mark and the Ends of God: Essays in Memory of Donald Harrisville Juel. Edited with Patrick D. Miller. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2006.

The Acts of the Apostles. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003.

Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary. Edited with Cynthia Rigby. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999.

I and II Thessalonians. Interpretation. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1998.

The Conversation Continues: Studies in Paul and John in Honor of J. Louis Martyn. Edited with Robert T. Fortna. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990.

From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament. Overtures to Biblical Theology. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1986.

Selected Research Articles

“Thinking from Christ to Israel: Romans 9-11 in Apocalyptic Perspective,” in Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination.  Ed. by John Byron and Joel N. Lohr.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. Pp. 83-92.

“Freedom in Apocalyptic Perspective: A Reflection on Paul’s Letter to the Romans.”  Quests for Freedom: Biblical, Historical, Contemporary.  Ed. by Mikeal Welker.  Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, 2015.  Pp. 195-208.

“The ‘Glory of God’ in Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” Interpretation and the Claims of the Text: Resourcing New Testament Theology.  Ed. by Jason A. Whitlark, Bruce W. Longenecker, Lidija Novakovic, and Mikeal C. Parsons.  Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.  Pp. 29-40.

"The Rhetoric of Violence and the God of Peace in Paul's Letter to the Romans." Paul, John, and Apocalyptic Eschatology: Studies in Honour of Martinus C. de Boer. Edited by Jans Krans et al. Nov. Supp 149. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. 61-75.

“Which Humans? What Response? A Reflection on Pauline Theology.” Ex Auditu 30 (2014): 50-64.

“The Shape of the ‘I’: The Psalter, the Gospel, and the Speaker in Romans 7.”  Apocalyptic Paul.  Ed. by Beverly Roberts Gaventa. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013. Pp. 77-91.

"‘Neither Height nor Depth': Cosmos and Soteriology in Paul's Letter to the Romans." Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology. With and Beyond J. Louis Martyn. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012. Pp. 183-99.

"‘Neither Height nor Depth': Discerning the Cosmology of Romans." Scottish Journal of Theology 64 (2011) 265-78.

"Paul and the Roman Believers." Blackwell Companion to Paul. Edited by Stephen Westerholm. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2011. Pp. 93-107.

"Reading for the Subject: The Paradox of Power in Romans 14:1-15:6." Journal of Theological Interpretation 5 (2011) 1-12.

"The Mission of God in Paul's Letter to the Romans." Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice. Edited by Trevor Burke and Brian S. Rosner. London: T&T Clark, 2011. Pp. 65-75.

"On the Calling-Into-Being of Israel: Rom 9:6-29." Between Gospel and Election. WUNT 257. Edited by Florian Wilk and J. Ross Wagner. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck: 2010. Pp. 255-69.

"‘For the Glory of God': Learning the Future of the Church from Paul." Calvin Today: Reformed Theology and the Future of the Church. Edited by Michael Welker, Michael Weinrich, and Ulrich Möller. London: T&T Clark, 2011. Pp. 6-14. (Also published as "‘Für die Herrlichkeit Gottes': Von Paulus über die Zukunft der Kirche lernen." Calvin Heute. Göttingen: Neukirchener, 2009. Pp. 7-18.)

"‘To Preach the Gospel': Romans 1,15 and the Purposes of Romans." The Letter to the Romans. BETL 226. Ed. Udo Schnelle. Leuven: Peeters, 2009. Pp. 179-95.

"‘For the Glory of God': Theology and Experience in Paul's Letter to the Romans." Between Experience and Interpretation: Engaging the Writings of the New Testament. Edited by Mary F. Foskett and O. Wesley Allen Jr. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008. Pp. 53-65.

"From Toxic Speech to the Redemption of Doxology in Romans." The Word Leaps the Gap: Essays on Scripture and Theology in Honor of Richard B. Hays. Edited by J. Ross Wagner, C. Kavin Rowe, and A. Katherine Grieb. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008. Pp. 392-408.

"Interpreting the Death of Jesus Apocalyptically: Reconsidering Romans 8:32." Jesus and Paul Reconnected: Fresh Pathways into an Old Debate. Edited by Todd Still. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. Pp. 125-45.

"Acts of the Apostles." The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006. Vol 1. Pp. 33-47.

"‘All Generations Will Call Me Blessed': Mary in Biblical and Ecumenical Perspective." Princeton Seminary Bulletin 18 (1997) 250-61; republished in A Feminist Companion to Mariology. Edited by Amy-Jill Levine with Maria Mayo Robbins. London: T. & T. Clark, 2005. Pp. 121-29.

"‘God Handed Them Over': Reading Romans 1:18-32 Apocalyptically." Australian Biblical Review 53 (2005) 42-53.

"‘Turning the World Upside Down': A Reflection on the Acts of the Apostles." Shaking Heaven and Earth: Essays in Honor of Walter Brueggemann and Charles B. Cousar. Eds. C. Yoder et al. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2005. Pp. 105-116.

"The Cosmic Power of Sin in Paul's Letter to the Romans: Toward a Widescreen Edition." Interpretation 53 (2004) 229-40.

"Initiatives Divine and Human in the Lukan Story World." The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins: Essays in Honor of James D. G. Dunn. Edited by Grahan N. Stanton, Bruce W. Longenecker, and Stephen C. Barton. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004. Pp. 79-89.

"'Nothing Will Be Impossible With God': Mary as the Mother of Believers." Mary Mother of God. Edited by Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004. Pp. 19-35.

"Our Mother St. Paul: Toward the Recovery of a Neglected Theme." Princeton Seminary Bulletin 17 (1996) 29-44. (Repr. in A Feminist Companion to Paul. Edited by Amy-Jill Levine. London: T.&.T. Clark, 2004. Pp. 85-97.)

"Theology and Ecclesiology in the Miletus Speech: Reflections on Content and Context." New Testament Studies 50 (2004) 28-39.

"What Ever Happened to Those Prophesying Daughters?" A Feminist Companion to the Acts of the Apostles. Edited by Amy-Jill Levine. London: T. & T. Clark, 2004. Pp. 49-60.

"Galatians." Eerdmans Commentary on the Bible. Edited by James D.G. Dunn and John W. Rogerson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003. Pp. 1374-84.

"Witnessing to the Gospel in the Acts of the Apostles: Beyond the Conversion or Conversation Dilemma." Word and World 22 (2002) 238-45.

"Traditions in Conversation and Collision: Reflections on Multiculturalism in the Acts of the Apostles." Making Room at the Table. Edited by Brian K. Blount and Leonora Tubbs Tisdale. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2001. Pp. 30-41.

"Is Galatians Just a ‘Guy Thing'? A Theological Reflection." Interpretation 54 (2000) 267-78.

"The Economy of Grace: Reflections on 2 Corinthians 8 and 9." Grace Upon Grace. Edited by Robert K. Johnson, L. Gregory Jones, and Jonathan R. Willson. Nashville: Abingdon, 1999. Pp. 511-62.

"The Archive of Excess: John 21 and the Problem of Narrative Closure." Exploring the Gospel of John: In Honor of D. Moody Smith. Edited by R. Alan Culpepper and C. Clifton Black. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996. Pp. 240-52.

"Mother's Milk and Ministry in 1 Corinthians 3." Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters: Essays in Honor of Victor Paul Furnish. Edited by Eugene H. Lovering, Jr. and Jerry L. Sumney. Nashville: Abingdon, 1996. Pp. 101-113.

"Apostle and Church in 2 Corinthians." Pauline Theology: Vol. II. Edited by David M. Hay. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993. Pp. 182-99.

"Conversion," "Cornelius," "Ethiopian Eunuch." The Anchor Bible Dictionary. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

"The Peril of Modernizing Henry Joel Cadbury." Cadbury, Knox, and Talbert: American Contributions to the Study of Acts. Edited by Mikeal C. Parsons and Joseph B. Tyson. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1992. Pp. 7-26, 46-51.

"Romans." The Women's Bible Commentary. Edited Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992. Pp. 313-20.

"Apostles as Babes and Nurses in 1 Thessalonians 2:7." Faith and History in the New Testament: Essays in Honor of Paul W. Meyer. Edited by John T. Carroll, Charles H. Cosgrove, E. Elizabeth Johnson. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991. Pp. 193 207.

"The Singularity of the Gospel: A Reading of Galatians." Pauline Theology: Vol. I. Edited by Jouette Bassler. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1991. Pp. 147 59.

"Toward a Theology of Acts: Reading and Rereading." Interpretation 42 (1988) 146 57.

"The Rhetoric of Death in the Wisdom of Solomon and in Paul." The Listening Heart: Essays in Wisdom and the Psalms in Honor of Roland E. Murphy, O.Carm. Edited by K. G. Hoglund et al. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1987. Pp. 127 45.

"Galatians 1 and 2: Autobiography as Paradigm." Novum Testamentum 28 (1986) 309 326.

"To Speak Thy Word With All Boldness: Acts 4:23 36." Faith and Mission 3 (1986) 76-82.

"The Overthrown Enemy: Luke's Portrait of Paul." Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers 1985. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1985. Pp. 439 49.

"‘Where Then is Boasting?': Romans 3:27 and Its Contexts." Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society 5 (1985) 57 66.

"‘You Proclaim the Lord's Death': I Corinthians 11:26 and Paul's Understanding of Worship." Review and Expositor 80 (1983) 377 87.

"The Eschatology of Luke Acts Revisited." Encounter 43 (1982) 27 42.

"‘You Will Be My Witnesses': Aspects of Mission in the Acts of the Apostles." Missiology 10 (1982) 413 25.

"Comparing Paul and Judaism: Rethinking Our Methods." Biblical Theology Bulletin 10 (1980) 37 44.

Courses taught at Baylor:
  • Seminar on Life and Letters of Paul
  • Seminar on the Epistles of Paul
  • Seminar on New Testament Theology
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