Dr. Gay L. Byron is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Howard University. Her scholarship primarily focuses on race and ethnicity in early Christianity, womanist and liberation focused interpretations of the Bible, and Christian origins in Ethiopia. Her publications include Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge) and Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse (Society of Biblical Literature Press).
She will be collaborating with Jennifer Knust, William A. Johnson, and J. Andrew Armacost, co-directors of the Manuscript Migration Lab at the Franklin Humanities Institute. Her work will center on the “invisible lives” of Ethiopic manuscripts. In addition to generating a book manuscript on Ancient Ethiopia and the New Testament that explores manuscripts as fluid cultural products documenting both ancient realities and the practices of twentieth-century black bibliophiles, she also seeks to learn of the latest technologies and digital platforms for cataloguing and researching manuscript collections.