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Robyn J. Whitaker

Director of the Wesley Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Policy & Associate Professor, New Testament, Pilgrim Theological College, University of Divinity

I am a biblical scholar and historian with a particular interest in the contemporary use (and misuse) of the bible in debates about sexuality, gender and ethics. My latest book is "Even the Devil Quotes Scripture: Reading the Bible on Its Own Terms" (Eerdmans, 2023).
I have research expertise in apocalypticism and the related topics of end of the world speculation, martyrdom, and images of evil. I am published in the areas of the visual culture of the Graeco-Roman world, its impact on biblical rhetoric, New Testament, and Judeo-Christian apocalyptic literature.


  • 2022–present
    Associate professor, Pilgrim Theological College
  • 2018–2022
    Senior lecturer, Pilgrim Theological College
  • 2016–2018
    Lecturer, Trinity College Theological School
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral fellow, Union Theological Seminary in New York
  • 2012–2014
    Adjunct professor, Princeton Seminary


  • 2014 
    University of Chicago, PhD
  • 2006 
    University of Divinity, MTheol
  • 1998 
    University of Divinity, BD (Hons)
  • 1995 
    Monash University, BSc


  • 2023
    Even the Devil Quotes Scripture, Eerdmans
  • 2021
    Terror in the Bible: Rhetoric, Gender, Violence, SBL Press
  • 2017
    From Cross to Ascension: The Surprising Locus of Salvation in Luke-Acts, Australian Biblical Review
  • 2017
    A Failed Spectacle: The Role of the Crowd in Luke 23, Biblical Interpretation 25.3
  • 2015
    Ekphrasis, Vision, and Persuasion in the Book of Revelation, Mohr Siebeck
  • 2013
    Rebuke or Recall? Rethinking the Role of Peter in Mark’s Gospel, Catholic Biblical Quarterly

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Fellowship for Biblical Studies
  • Member of the University of Divinity's Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy