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Cynthia Briggs Kittredge is the Ernest J. Villavaso, Jr. Professor of New Testament and Academic Dean at Seminary of the Southwest.  In her teaching she gives students the exegetical and interpretive tools both to appreciate and to critically engage with the Biblical texts for theological refection. Her research specialty is biblical interpretation and the letters of Paul. Kittredge, a contributor to the new Oxford Annotated Bible, is the author of Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of John and Community and Authority: The Rhetoric of Obedience in the Pauline Tradition. She co-edited The Bible in the Public Square: Reading the Signs of the Times and Walk in the Ways of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. She serves as Assisting Priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin. She earned degrees from Williams College (B.A.) and Harvard Divinity School (MDIV, Th.M. and Th.D).

 Peter H. Davids is presently Professor of Biblical Theology at St. Stephen's University, St. Stephen, New Brunswick, having taught at various institutions in Austria, Canada, and the USA. He has published commentaries on each of the non-Johannine Catholic Epistles and numerous articles in books and journals, as well as co-edited the Dictionary of the Latter New Testament and Its Developments. An Episcopal priest since 1979, he has served as honorary assistant in parishes in the USA and Canada, and most recently completed being interim priest-in-charge of the Anglican Parish of Campobello. He is presently co-chair of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Henrietta L. Wiley, Program Co-Coordinator, is Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.  She received her PhD in Hebrew Bible from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, and her BA in Classical Greek from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Among her areas of interest are cultic sacrifice, ritual aspects of war, and images of divine ritual agency in the Hebrew Bible. 

Rhetta is also a candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Image previewJason M. Silverman is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, in the Centre of Excellence in Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions. His research area is the Judaeans in the Persian Empire, specifically Iranian influence on prophetic and apocalyptic literature. He earned his PhD from Trinity College Dublin (2010). He is the author of Persepolis and Jerusalem: Iranian Influence on the Apocalyptic Hermeneutic (2012) and a co-editor of several books, including A Land Like Your Own (2010) and Political Memory in and after the Persian Empire (2015). 

Image preview Dr. Brian C. Jones is Professor of Religion at Wartburg College. He teaches courses in Bible, theology, and science and religion.  Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Point Loma University, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament studies from Emory University.  His published works include books and essays on Isaiah, wisdom literature and historical geography.  He is married to the Rev. Dr. Judith Jones, who teaches New Testament at Wartburg College.  His publications include, Howling over Moab; Irony and Rhetoric in Isaiah 15–16 , an introduction to the book of Ecclesiastes, and articles on Isaiah and on historical geography. 

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Elizabeth Struthers Malbon is Professor Emerita (2016) of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech. Although the New Testament was her primary teaching area, she also taught a Humanities course on the Roman world and early Christianity, as well as special topics courses. Her primary research interest has been literary analysis of the Gospel of Mark, with secondary interests in methodology in the study of the New Testament and in early Christian iconography. Author of five books (most recent, Mark’s Jesus, 2009), as well as journal articles and book chapters, and editor or co-editor of five books, she has also been an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature at the regional, national, and international levels. She served the AABS as Program Coordinator (2003-2007), Communications Officer (2008-2010), Member-at-Large of the Steering Committee (2011-2015), and Program Co-Coordinator (2016- ). 

Image previewJudith Jones serves as a Professor of Religion at Wartburg College and Priest in Charge at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Waverly, Iowa.   Her teaching and research are primarily in the Synoptic Gospels and Acts, but she also co-authored a book on Daniel for the Conversations with Scripture series.  She has traveled with students to Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica to work shoulder to shoulder with people, learn about the challenges facing their communities, and investigate ways that the church can be more effective in combating poverty and injustice.