In classrooms, in faith communities, in the public square, Rev. Dr. Katherine A. Shaner challenges leaders to listen for the voices of people who are usually left out of our stories in our biblical texts and in our histories of justice. She works with archaeological materials from modern-day Turkey, Greece, and Israel to help better understand the full context of the earliest Christian communities.

As Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C., she teaches courses across the New Testament and early Christian history that explore the theological, social, and political implications of biblical interpretation for contemporary communities. Her course offerings include Women and Slaves in Early Christianity, The Material World of the New Testament, Interpreting New Testament Letters, Interpreting New Testament Gospels, Revelation, and introductory courses. Shaner’s book, Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), challenges readers to re-think common perceptions about how enslaved persons participated in early Christian communities. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is a regular guest preacher and presider in churches large and small.

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