Thursdays with Theologians – Karen Jobes

Published December 14, 2017 by

Every Thursday, I’ll be highlighting an influential Christian from Church history – theologians, missionaries, pastors, and musicians.

Karen H. Jobes (1952- ), Ph.D (WTS), is a Bible scholar and professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School.

Working in software engineering and computer systems management and teaching Sunday School at her church, Jobes realized she loves teaching the Bible but that she also didn’t know as much as she’d like. Enrolling in a Master’s of Biblical Studies program at Westminster Theology Seminary, it was there that she received her call to vocational Christian education, and biblical work.

Jobes has written several critically acclaimed and award-winning commentaries, on 1 Peter, Esther, and the Epistles of John. She has also written and taught on the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Hebrew Scriptures that the Early Church would have also used), as well as been a member of the Bible translation committee for the New International Version of the Bible (1996-2017).

Jobes sees the most pressing issues in the current field of biblical studies to be 1) the increasing failure to read the Bible as a unified witness, 2) an increasingly reader-centric hermeneutic (that is, reading ourselves as individuals as the main focus of the text), and 3) a diminished view of biblical authority on contemporary issues. All three of these would be equally true in the Church, as well, I would say!

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