Sherri L. Brown, MS, PhD
Sherri L. Brown, MS, PhD

Sherri L. Brown, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Biblical Narrative; Johannine Literature

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Assistant Professor

Teaching Activity

  • The Biblical Tradition: Johannine Literature
  • The Biblical Tradition: New Testament
  • The Biblical Tradition: Synoptic Gospels
  • The Book of Revelation
  • The Christian Tradition: Then and Now
  • The Scriptural Foundations of Christian Spirituality

Biography

Sherri Brown grew up primarily in Charleston, West Virginia, and attended college at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.  After early graduate work at Yale University Divinity School and Columbia University School of Social Work, and following a stint in the US Peace Corps and several years working in the international development field, she returned to graduate school at the Catholic University of America to pursue a PhD in Biblical Studies. She focused her studies in Christian Origins and the New Testatment and completed the degree in 2008.  After an initial faculty position in western New York, she joined the Theology Department at Creighton University in 2014.  Her research interests lie primarily on the Gospel and Letters of John, but she has also worked in the Pauline and Catholic Epistles  She loves adventure and traveling, including facilitating study internationally, particularly in the lands of the Bible. A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my Curriculum Vitae.

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Doctor of Philosophy, 2008
  • Columbia University School of Social Work, Master of Science, 1997
  • Yale University Divinity School, Master of Divinity, 1996
  • Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Arts, 1991

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Interpreting the New Testament: An Introduction. Co-written with Francis J. Moloney, SDB. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming , 2018
  • “Second Peter.” In The Paulist Biblical Commentary. Edited by José Enrique Aguilar Chiu, Richard Clifford, S.J., Carol J. Dempsey, O.P., Daniel Harrington, S.J., Eileen M. Schuller, O.S.U., Thomas Stegman, S.J., Ronald Witherup, S.S. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, forthcoming , 2018
  • Interpreting the Gospel and Letters of John: An Introduction. Co-written with Francis J. Moloney, SDB. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming , 2017
  • God’s Promise: Covenant Relationship in John. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, , 2014
  • Gift upon Gift: Covenant through Word in the Gospel of John. Princeton Theological Manuscript Series. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, Wipf & Stock, , 2010

Articles

  • “What’s in an Ending? John 21 and the Performative Force of an Epilogue.”, Perspectives in Religious Studies, 42 (2015) , 29-42, 2015
  • “Water Imagery and the Power and Presence of God in the Gospel of John.”, Theology Today, 72 (2015), 289-98, 2015
  • “Jesus and his Power over the Elements: Walking on Water in the Gospel Narratives.”, The Bible Today, July 2015, 221-28, 2015
  • “What is Truth? Jesus, Pilate and the Staging of the Dialogue of the Cross in John 18–19.”, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 77, 69-86, 2015
  • “The Priests and Levites: Identity and Politics in the Search for a Messiah.” Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel. Edited by Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmermann., Mohr Siebeck, 110-115, 2013
  • “The Greeks: Jesus' Hour and the Weight of the World.” Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel. Edited by Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie, and Ruben Zimmermann., Mohr Siebeck, 397-402, 2013
  • “John the Baptist: Witness and Embodiment of the Prologue in the Gospel of John.” Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John. Edited by Christopher W. Skinner. Library of New Testament Studies., T & T Clark, 145-62, 2013
  • “Faith, Christ, and Paul's Theology of Salvation History.” Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul: Essays in Honor of Frank J. Matera. Edited by Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson. Early Christianity and its Literature 7., Society of Biblical Literature Press, 249-71, 2012

Editing and Reviews

  • Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and the Epistles of John. Editing volume of essays with Christopher R. Skinner. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, forthcoming , 2017

Presentations

  • Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, Santa Clara University, “Believing in the Gospel of John: The Ethical Imperative to Becoming Children of God”, 2016
  • Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, Santa Clara University, “The Dialogue of John 8 & the Fulfillment of the Light of Tabernacles” for the OT and the Fourth Gospel Task Force, 2016
  • Society of Biblical Literature Great Plains Regional Meeting, Denver, CO, The Challenge of 2 Peter and the Call to Theosis.”, 2016
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, “The Memory of Jesus through the Sabbath: Exploring Jewish-Johannine Dialogues in the Diaspora” for the John, Jesus, and History Program Section., 2015
  • Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting, Xavier University of Louisiana, Presented paper entitled, “The Challenge of 2 Peter for the Christian Faithful” in the Research Reports component of the conference., 2015
  • Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting, Omaha, NE. Present paper entitled, “Making Waves: Jesus and the Water Imagery of the Gospel of John.”, 2015
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA . Presented paper entitled, “What’s in an Ending? John 21 and the Performative Force of an Epilogue” for the Performance Criticism Program Section., 2014
  • Catholic Biblical Association National Meeting, Providence College, RI. Presented paper entitled, “What’s in an Ending? John 21 and the Performative Force of an Epilogue” in the Research Reports component of the conference., 2014
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. Presented paper entitled, “What is Truth? Jesus, Pilate and the Staging of the Dialogue of the Cross in John 18–19” for the Performance Criticism Program Section., 2013
  • Catholic Biblical Association National Meeting, Gonzaga University, WA. Presented paper entitled, “What is Truth? Jesus, Pilate and the Staging of the Dialogue of the Cross in John 18–19” in the Research Reports component of the conference., 2013
  • Catholic Biblical Association National Meeting, University of Notre Dame, IN. Presented paper entitled, “The Revelation of the Glory of God in John 1:19-2:12:The Fulfillment of the Feast of Pentecost” for the Old Testament and the Fourth Gospel Task Force; subsequently accepted for future publication in a collected volume., 2012
  • Faculty Learning Colloquium, Niagara University, NY. Gave presentation entitled “Biblical Scholarship in the (Post) Modern World” on the history of biblical interpretation and my recent work for the faculty of the University., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Johannine Literature; Christian Origins; Narrative Criticism; Performance Criticism; Pauline Theology

Current Research Projects

  • Interpreting the New Testament; Ethics in the Johannine Literature; Women in the Gospel of John

Grant Funding Received

  • Niagara University Research Council Summer Stipend Grant