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    Jonathan E. Soyars

    Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament

    Wheaton College, BA; Princeton Theological Seminary, MDiv, ThM; University of Chicago, MA, PhD

    Jonathan Soyars joined Louisville Seminary’s faculty in 2017 upon completion of his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. He previously taught at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and the University of Chicago Divinity School. At Louisville, he primarily teaches courses on the language and literature of the New Testament, especially the Pauline corpus. His research analyzes the transmission and transformation of authoritative traditions in texts produced by Christians in late first and early second centuries C.E., particularly the so-called Apostolic Fathers. He is currently writing his first monograph, tentatively titled The Shepherd of Hermas and the Pauline Legacy.

    An ordained priest of the Episcopal Church, Soyars has served congregations in New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and North Carolina. He is actively involved in scholarly organizations across the Anglican Communion, including the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars and the Society of Scholar-Priests.

    Soyars’s professorship comes as part of the Louisville Institute’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program, which places top recent Ph.D. graduates in theological schools for two years, where they teach and also are mentored by a senior professor and a local pastor. Funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. since 1990, the Louisville Institute’s mission is to enhance the vitality of American Christianity and encourage the revitalization of religious institutions by bringing together those who study religious life with those who lead faith communities. The Institute advances this work through grants programs that enable academic scholars and religious leaders to study pressing challenges and consultations that foster collaboration among researchers, theological educators and religious leaders.

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