Jennifer Wright Knust

Jennifer Knust

Jennifer Wright Knust is a scholar of religion who specializes in early Christian history and the religions of the ancient Mediterranean. She studies early Christian texts, their contexts, and their receptions with a particular focus on rhetoric and gendered discourse. Her numerous books including To Cast the First Stone: The Transmission of a Gospel Story (with Tommy Wasserman, Princeton 2018), Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire (HarperONE 2011), and Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity (Columbia 2005), address the materiality of texts, the intersection of Christian practices with other ancient religions, and the ethics of interpretation in ancient as well as contemporary contexts.

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