Susan E. Hylen

Dr. Susan E. Hylen teaches courses in New Testament at Candler and in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion, equipping students to become responsible interpreters of the biblical texts. Among her publications are Women in the New Testament World: Essentials of Biblical Studies Series, Imperfect Believers: Ambiguous Characters in the Gospel of John, and A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church. Dr. Hylen has also authored a number of other book chapters, essays and articles. Her current research explores the roles and authority of women in the early church.

A ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Hylen also serves the Candler community and the academy, contributing to several committees, advisory and editorial boards, including a role as the associate editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature. She is a frequent lecturer at church, conference and teaching events. She was recently awarded the Excellence in Teaching and Pedagogy Award from the Center for Women at Emory and the Emory Alumni Association.


Updated: 5/20/21

Associate Professor of New Testament
Candler School of Theology - Emory University
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