Biography

Jaime Clark-Soles Cropped Headshot 2016

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She received her B.A. from Stetson University where she focused on both Philosophy and Russian Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. Her particular areas of expertise and publication include:

  • The Johannine Literature (the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; and Revelation)
  • Evil, Suffering, Death, and Afterlife
  • Disability Studies and the Bible
  • Women in the Bible
  • Immersion trips to Israel and Palestine

She is the author of numerous books and essays. Her books include Reading John for Dear Life: A Spiritual Walk with the Fourth Gospel (Westminster John Knox [WJK], 2016), Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer (WJK, 2010); Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2006); and Scripture Cannot Be Broken: The Social Function of the Use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel (Brill, 2003).

Dr. Clark-Soles serves on the editorial board of Teaching in Theology and Religion as well as the Journal Disability and Religion. Her essay on “Disability and the Johannine Literature” appears in the book Disability and the Bible: A Commentary (Baylor University Press, 2017). She is the New Testament editor of the compelling new CEB Women’s Bible and is currently completing a book entitled Women in the Bible for the Interpretation commentary series.

Dr. Clark-Soles is the recipient of a Ford Senior Research Fellowship and recently served on the steering committee of the “Ethics and Biblical Interpretation” section of the Society of Biblical Literature. She was a member of the 2016-2017 cohort of the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), which equips participants to do reasoned, collaborative, interfaith/interreligious work in a religiously pluralistic world. She is now an alumna of CLI.

Dr. Clark-Soles enjoys speaking widely and writing for both academic and popular audiences. She has contributed articles to preaching resources both in print and online (including Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, and workingpreacher.org), and has served on the board of the Center for Preaching Excellence. She appears in the 2012 documentary Hellbound? and has an essay in the new book Hellrazed?

As an ordained American Baptist minister, she has served in both parish and hospice settings. She is a Navy brat and enjoys running, cycling, racquetball, and generally staying in motion. For more information, find her professional page on Facebook.

 

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