About MTSO

Stephen Ahearne-Kroll

Professor of New Testament

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Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2005
M.Div., Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, 1996
B.S., University of Massachusetts, 1990

Areas of expertise

Gospels, especially the Gospel of Mark and how it uses previous cultural traditions in creative ways to express the significance of Jesus; the meaning of religious activity in Greco-Roman culture; identity formation of early Christian groups in relationship to other Greco-Roman groups, including other Jewish groups; the use of the Hebrew Bible and Septuagint in the New Testament.

Selected published works

Women and Gender in Ancient Religions: Interdisciplinary Approaches (edited with Paul A. Holloway and James A. Kelhoffer). Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungenzum Neuen Testament 263. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.

The Psalms of Lament in Mark’s Passion: Jesus’ Davidic Suffering. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 142. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

“Audience Inclusion and Exclusion as Rhetorical Technique in the Gospel of Mark.” Journal of Biblical Literature129 (4, 2010): 714-33.

“Challenging the Divine: LXX Psalm 21 in the Passion Narrative of the Gospel of Mark.” Pages 119-148 in Tom Shepherd and Geert van Oyen, eds., Mark’s Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus. Leuven: Peeters Publishing, 2006.

“‘Who Are My Mother and My Brothers?’ Family Relations and Family Language in the Gospel of Mark.” Journal of Religion 81 (2001): 1-25.

Conferences organized

Women in the Religious and Intellectual Activity of the Ancient Mediterranean World: An Interdisciplinary and International Conference in Honor of Adela Yarbro Collins

March 15-17, 2009, Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Ohio State University. Speakers: 19 (keynote speaker: Loveday Alexander, Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield), respondents: 18. Co-sponsors: Yale University Divinity School, The Center for the Study of Religion at OSU, The Department of Greek and Latin at OSU, and Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

New Directions for a New Nuclear Age: Church Influence and Public Policy

Nov. 20, 2008, Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Speakers: John Ahearne, Director of the Atomic Energy Commission for the Carter administration; John Langan, S.J., Cardinal Bernardin Chair of Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University; Rev. Barbara G. Green, Executive Director, Churches’ Center for Theology and Public Policy, Washington, D.C.; Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, Director, Two Futures Project and Policy Director for Faithful Security.

Sites of interest

Book: The Psalms of Lament in Mark’s Passion

Society of Biblical Literature

Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

Center for the Study of Religion

Catholic Biblical Association


NT 110: Introduction to the New Testament

NT 354: The Gospel of John

NT 352: The Gospel of Mark