Susan E. Hylen, Associate Professor of New Testament

Susan E. Hylen

Dr. Hylen is the author of three books on the Gospel of John, as well as a number of other essays and articles. Her current research explores the roles and authority of women in the early church, and offers a new way of interpreting the diverse and often contradictory evidence about the participation of women. In the classroom, Dr. Hylen equips students to become responsible interpreters of the biblical texts. She is ordained as a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).


Dr. Susan E. Hylen
Candler School of Theology
Emory University
1531 Dickey Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.3378


Select Publications

A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church: New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. See the related blog post, Four Myths about Women in the Early Church.

Imperfect Believers: Ambiguous Characters in the Gospel of John. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.

John. Westminster Bible Companion. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2006. (Co-authored with Gail R. O’Day.)

Allusion and Meaning in John 6. Beiheifte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005.

“Metaphor Matters: Violence and Ethics in Revelation,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73 (2011) 777-796.

“Modest, Industrious, and Loyal: Reinterpreting Conflicting Evidence for Women’s Roles,” Biblical Theology Bulletin: Journal of Bible and Culture, 44 (2014) 3-12.