Jennifer Knust

I am a scholar of religion who specializes in early Christian history and the religions of the ancient Mediterranean. Author of “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), I study early Christian texts, their contexts, and their receptions from multiple angles, with a particular focus on rhetoric and gendered discourse. My numerous articles, book chapters, and edited books 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.