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Susan Myers

Associate Professor and Director of the Women's Studies Program
Degree
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Office
JRC 123
Phone
(651) 962-5321
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5321
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105




Academic History

 B.A., Magna cum laude, Theology, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, 1980
 M.A., Theology (Scripture), St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1986
 M.A., Theology (Biblical Studies), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 1992
 Ph.D., Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 2003
 
Expertise

  New Testament
  Early Christianity
  Syriac-speaking Christianity

Awards & Honors

2008               Faculty Service-Learning Award, University of St. Thomas

1999               Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Regional Graduate Student Essay Award

1993-1996      Awarded Visiting Scholar Status at Oxford University (declined)

1993               National Endowment for the Humanities Dissertation Grant Nomination

1993               Fulbright Fellowship Application Award, University of Notre Dame

1991               Ph.D. candidacy exams with Honors

1989-1993      Catholic Biblical Association Memorial Stipend (renewed annually)

1990               Novak Award for study in Israel

1980               Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society

Selected Publications

“Deity: Early Church.” In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender (Oxford: University Press, forthcoming).

Portraits of Jesus: Studies in Christology, ed. (WUNT 2.321; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

“Praying to Jesus in the Acts of Thomas.” Pages 261–85 in Portraits of Jesus: Studies in Christology (ed. Susan E. Myers; WUNT 2.321; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012).

“Spirit as Mother in Early Syriac-speaking Christianity.” Pages 427–62 in Women in the Religious and Intellectual Activity of the Ancient Mediterranean World (ed. S. Ahearne-Kroll, P. Halloway, and J. Kelhoffer; WUNT 263; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010).

Spirit Epicleses in the Acts of Thomas (WUNT II 281; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010).

Pronunciation Guide for the Lectionary: A Comprehensive Resource for Proclaimers of the Word, with Michael R. Prendergast and Timothy M. Milinovich. Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2010.


 "Christian Epicleses in the Acts of Thomas and Other Ancient Christian Prayers," Apocrypha 18 ( 2007).

“Thomas, Acts of,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (ed. Katherine Doob Sakenfield; 5 vols.;  Nashville: Abingdon, 2006–2009).

“Revisiting Preliminary Issues in the Acts of Thomas,” Apocrypha 17 (2006).
 
 "Revisiting Preliminary Issues in the Acts of Thomas," Apocrypha 17 (2006).
 
 "Early Christian Mystagogy," Rite (September/October, 2005).
 
 Friars and Jews in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
, ed. with Steven J. McMichael (Leiden: Brill, 2004).
 
 "Initiation by Anointing in Early Syriac-Speaking Christianity," Studia Liturgica 31 (2001).
 
 Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2001 (Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications, 2000).
 
 Workbook for Lectors and Gospel Readers 2000 (Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications, 1999).
 
 Pronunciation Guide for the Sunday Lectionary (Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications, 1998).
 
 At Home With the Word 1998 (Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications, 1997).
 
 "Practices of Charity" in At Home With the Word 1997 (Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications, 1996).


Professional Memberships

North American Patristic Society                                                                                                                                                  National Women’s Studies Association                                                                                                                                         Catholic Biblical Association
Society of Biblical Literature

The website for NWSA is:                                                                                                                                        http://www.nwsa.org/

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - 16 Christian Theo Tradition - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 JRC 201
CRN: 40484 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 431 - L01 Women in the Early Church M T W R - - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 106
CRN: 10160 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers The literature of early Christianity is filled with ambiguity concerning women's role in the churches and in the story of salvation. Women's subordination was justified on the basis of Eve's role in bringing evil and sin into the world. At the same time, women were presented as heroines and models of the ideal Christian life. They held roles of leadership within early church communities, even while early church writers argued against their right to do so. This course will examine a wide range of primary texts by and about women in the early Christian churches in order to explore the relationship between faith and culture as the context for understanding women's role and status in the early church. It will also look at ways in which these texts might be relevant for the modern context. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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WMST 205 - L01 Found in Women's Studies - T W R F - - 1300 - 1600 MCH 118
CRN: 10291 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers This multi-disciplinary course is designed to raise awareness of women's status and women's diversity; to critically examine disciplines and social practices through the lens of feminist theory; to recover past achievements of women and survey the work that women do now; to expand perspectives; and to provide a basis for critical evaluation of future learning. Available each semester on at least one consortial campus, usually offered at UST Spring semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 431 - L01 Women in the Early Church - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 JRC 201
CRN: 21664 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers The literature of early Christianity is filled with ambiguity concerning women's role in the churches and in the story of salvation. Women's subordination was justified on the basis of Eve's role in bringing evil and sin into the world. At the same time, women were presented as heroines and models of the ideal Christian life. They held roles of leadership within early church communities, even while early church writers argued against their right to do so. This course will examine a wide range of primary texts by and about women in the early Christian churches in order to explore the relationship between faith and culture as the context for understanding women's role and status in the early church. It will also look at ways in which these texts might be relevant for the modern context. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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WMST 205 - L01 Found in Women's Studies M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MHC 201
CRN: 20324 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Susan E. Myers This multi-disciplinary course is designed to raise awareness of women's status and women's diversity; to critically examine disciplines and social practices through the lens of feminist theory; to recover past achievements of women and survey the work that women do now; to expand perspectives; and to provide a basis for critical evaluation of future learning. Available each semester on at least one consortial campus, usually offered at UST Spring semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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