Dr. Lynn Cohick - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Dr. Lynn Cohick Dr. Lynn Cohick

Professor of New Testament | Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL, US

Dr. Lynn Cohick explores the Apostle Paul and his epistles within their larger Jewish and Greco-Roman environments.

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Biography

Dr. Cohick is fascinated by the life and faith of the Jewish and Christian communities during the Hellenistic and Roman imperial periods, believing that gaining the fullest understanding of their world and time is useful in our present time and circumstances. She is particularly interested in studying women in the ancient world, including how they celebrated their faith. The study of the Apostle Paul and his epistles is also a particular focus of her writings and research.

Dr. Cohick enjoys preaching from the Bible, teaching on matters pertaining to women’s ministry, and exploring issues pertaining to the historical relationship between Jews and Christians. She has traveled to Israel, Greece, Turkey and Italy on study tours, including leading students on the Wheaton in the Holy Lands program and as part of the Christian Leadership Initiative, sponsored by the American Jewish Committee and the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem.

Areas of Expertise (8)

The Early Church Early Christianity Women in the Ancient World Women in Jewish Traditions Women in Christian Traditions Jewish and Christian Relations Christian Ethics The Apostle Paul

Education (1)

University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D., New Testament / Christian Origins 1996

Affiliations (4)

  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological society
  • Institute for Biblical Research

Media Appearances (10)

An Interview with Dr. Lynn Cohick

Center for Ancient Christian Studies  

2016-07-14

Coleman Ford and Shawn Wilhite sit down with Dr. Lynn Cohick to discuss topics of New Testament and Earliest Christianity.

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Was the Samaritan Woman Really an Adulteress?

Christianity Today magazine  

2015-10-12

I took a closer look at the Samaritan woman. I researched the life settings of first-century women and discovered details about ancient marriage customs that illuminated her situation. My research—along with that of a small but growing number of other scholars—led me to suspect that the Samaritan woman has been misunderstood.

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The Double-Edged Sword of Being a Female Bible Scholar

Christianity Today  online

2013-10-01

This month Zondervan launches its brand-new The Story of God Bible Commentary, directed by Scot McKnight and Tremper Longman. One of the first volumes in the series is by Lynn Cohick, professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. Cohick has previously published several books and articles, including Ephesians in the New Covenant Commentary series, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians, and The New Testament in Antiquity. I spoke with her about her latest project, as well as her experience as a woman in the field of biblical studies...

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God and Women

Centre for Public Christianity  online

2013-05-27

Lynn H. Cohick is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. She is a specialist on the Origins of Christianity in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish worlds. She spoke to CPX about the life of women in the ancient world and in early Christianity.

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Life and Faith

Centre for Public Christianity  online

2013-04-25

Lynn H. Cohick is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. She is a specialist on the Origins of Christianity in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish worlds. She spoke to CPX about the life of women in the ancient world and in early Christianity.

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Beyond Doubt: Evidence for Jesus’ Existence

Centre for Public Christianity  online

2013-02-11

Lynn H. Cohick is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. She is a specialist on the Origins of Christianity in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish worlds. She spoke to John Dickson about the reasons for confidence in the historical reality of Jesus.

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The Issue: Women and Christianity

Australian Broadcasting Corporation  

2012-12-09

Dr. Lynn Cohick is the author of 'Women in the World of the Earliest Christians', looking at the everyday experience of Jews and Christians in the Greek and Roman world of the first century. And, from a contemporary perspective, the impact of feminist thought on New Testament Studies.

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Women in the Roman World

Centre for Public Christianity  

2011-08-27

Lynn H. Cohick is associate professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. She is a specialist on the Origins of Christianity in the Graeco-Roman and Jewish worlds. Her latest book is Women in the World of the Earliest Christians and she came into CPX to speak with John Dickson on that topic.

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A Sinking Argument on Gender and Courage

Christianity Today  online

2010-03-01

Cultural commentator Al Mohler recently covered an unusual study that compared passenger behavior on the Titanic, in 1912, and the Lusitania, in 1915. The study, published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that men on the Titanic were more likely than those on the Lusitania to give up their lifeboat seats for women and children...

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Breadwinners and Benefactors

Christianity Today magazine  

2010-02-23

In Acts, we see Lydia, who is a patron with clout, and Phoebe, whom Paul describes as a benefactor (Rom. 16:1-2). When you come across a Mary Magdalene and a Joanna in Luke 8, they supported Jesus and the disciples with their own money...This fits a pattern in the ancient world of women who are patrons, who are publically honored because they support groups.

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Academics and Research (2)

Courses Taught

- BITH 213 NT Literature and Interpretation
- BITH 325 Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics
- BITH 352 Paul of Tarsus
- BITH 353 New Testament in the Mediterranean World
- BITH 354 Women in the New Testament
- BITH 356 First Corinthians
- BITH 357 Women in Early Christianity
- BITH 365 Prison Epistles
- BITH 469 Second Corinthians
- BITH 552 Jewish Background to the New Testament
- GEND 494 Gender Studies Capstone

Research

Research interests include Pauline Studies, Jewish / Christian Relations in the Roman Period, Christian Ethics, and Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions.

Articles (2)

Women, Children, and Families in the Greco-Roman World The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts

2013-01-01

The family in the Greco-Roman world valued the community over the individual and promoted corporate honor and fortune. Those living in the domus (“home”) included parents and children, and perhaps extended family, such as adult siblings, cousins, and ...

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Philippians and Empire Jesus is Lord, Caesar is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies

2012-01-01

The subject of the Roman Empire arises naturally in a study of Paul's letter to the Philippians, for several historical and literary reasons. First, the city was a Roman colony, having the rights and privileges of a city on Italian soil. It was populated by landed Roman ...

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