Shively T. J. Smith, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts, and an itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), where she serves as Resident Scholar of Metropolitan AME Church (Washington, DC). Her primary research and writing interests are: 1 & 2 Peter and the General Letters, Howard Thurman, Interpretative approaches, and African American history and the bible. She published Strangers to Family: Diaspora and 1 Peter’s Invention of God’s Household (Baylor University Press, 2016) and forthcoming in 2023 are two books: (1) Second Peter and African American Women and (2) Howard Thurman and Interpretation. For more information, see:

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