Lynn Cohick, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 515
Phone: (630)752-5256


Ph.D. in NT/Christian Origins from University of Pennsylvania, 1996

About Lynn Cohick

I am interested in how average Jews and Christians lived out their faith in the ancient settings of Hellenism and the Roman Empire, as well as how Jews and Christians today can better appreciate and understand each other. I also study women in the ancient world, especially how they celebrated their religions and I explore the impact of feminist thought on New Testament studies. I enjoy studying the Apostle Paul and his epistles within their larger Jewish and Greco-Roman milieu. I had the privilege of teaching overseas at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya, for three years (1998-2000). I was challenged by the students’ dedication and sharp intellect. When I’m not teaching or writing, I enjoy reading mysteries and jogging with my husband, Jim.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 213 NT Literature and Interpretation
  • BITH 352 Paul of Tarsus
  • BITH 353 New Testament in the Mediterranean World
  • BITH 354 Women in the New Testament
  • BITH 356 First Corinthians
  • BITH 357 Women in Early Christianity
  • BITH 365 Prison Epistles
  • BITH 469 Second Corinthians
  • BITH 552 Jewish Background to the New Testament
  • GEND 494 Gender Studies Capstone

Membership in Professional Societies

  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute of Biblical Research


Research interests include Pauline Studies, Jewish / Christian Relations in the Roman Period, Christian Ethics, and Women in Jewish and Christian Traditions.



Ephesians in New Covenant Commentary Series, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010.

Women in the World of the Earliest Christians. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009.

Cohick, Lynn H., Gary M. Burge, and Gene L. Green. The New Testament in Antiquity. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009.

"Melito’s Peri Pascha, its Relationship to Judaism and Sardis in Recent Scholarly Discussion," pgs. 123-140 in Evolution of the Synagogue, co-edited by Howard Clark Kee and Lynn H. Cohick, Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1999.


“Colossians” in Baker Evangelical One Volume Commentary on the Bible (Revised) (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming).

“Jews and Christians” in The Routledge Companion to Early Christian Thought (NY: Routledge, 2010).

“Jesus, King of the Jews” pgs. 111-132 in Who Do My Opponents Say that I Am? edited by Scot McKnight and Joseph B. Modica. London: T & T Clark, 2008.

“Why Women followed Jesus: A Discussion of Female Piety,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 25.2 (2007): 172-193.

“News from the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, DC, USA, November 17-21 (a) Early Jewish Christian Relations Section” Henoch 29,2 (2007): 414-416.

“Met with Dancing: The Changing Faces of African Christian Women,” Priscilla Papers 21.3 (2007): 16-24.

“Virginity Unveiled: Tertullian’s Veiling of Virgins and Historical Women in the First Three Centuries A.D.,” Andrews University Seminary Studies, 45.1 (2007):19-34.

“Prophecy, Women Leadership and the Body of Christ,” pgs. 81-97 in Women, Ministry and the Gospel, Exploring New Paradigms, edited by Mark A. Husbands and Timothy T. Larsen. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

“Romans,” pgs. 628-645 in InterVarsity Press Women’s Bible Commentary, ed. by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary Evans. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

“NT Use of OT Scripture Quotations Concerning Women,” pgs. 514-517 in InterVarsity Press Women’s Bible Commentary, ed. by Catherine Clark Kroeger and Mary Evans. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.

The Peri Pascha Attributed to Melito of Sardis: Setting, Purpose and Sources. Brown Judaic Studies, 327. Providence, RI: Brown University Press, 2000.

“Melito of Sardis’s Peri Pascha and Its ‘ Israel’,” HTR 91:4 (1998): 351-72.


Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament by Kent E. Brower and Andy Johnson (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007) in Bulletin for Biblical Research, 19.1 (2009): 142-43.

From the Lost Teachings of Polycarp, by Charles E. Hill (Tubingen: Möhr Siebeck, 2006) in Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2 (2008): 359-60.

Constantine’s Bible: Politics and the Making of the New Testament by David L. Dungan ( Minn., MN: Fortress Press, 2007) in Journal of Church and State, 49.1 (Winter 2007):141-43.

Junia the First Woman Apostle, by Eldon Jay Epp. Themelios 32.1 (2006):68-9.

Dictionary Articles

“Headship” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming).

“Roman Citizenship” and “The City of Rome” in The Baker Handbook to the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming).

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