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Virginia Wiles
Professor of New Testament (Residential)
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  My hope is that our students will establish a lifelong, intimate friendship with the scriptures--learning to listen critically and intelligently, daring to ask difficult questions and to wrestle with the answers, and speaking clearly to and from the scriptures about their own context and experience.

M.F.A. in Fiction (expected graduation, 2012) Spalding University
Ph.D. in Bible (1993) The University of Chicago
M.A. in New Testament (1982)Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
B.S. in Social Sciences (1977) Texas Wesleyan University
Att. Oklahoma Baptist University (1972-74)


Publications and Papers related to Biblical Studies:

  • Romans: Church at the Crossroads. Covenant Bible Studies. faithQuest. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 2005. AMAZON LINK

  • Partners in Peace: A Study of Romans. Good Ground Bible Studies 4:2. Newton, KS: Faith & Life Press and Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 2001. (Adult curriculum)

  • Making Sense of Paul: A Basic Introduction to Pauline Theology. Peabody, MS: Hendrickson Publishers, 2000. AMAZON LINK

  • "The Elder Sister: The Search for a Personal History of Redemption." Daughters of Sarah. March-April (1986) 20-24. Republished by The Other Side in 2001 AMAZON LINK; Republished in The Wisdom of Daughters: Two Decades of the Voice of Christian Feminism in 2001, 2004, pp. 117ff. AMAZON LINK

  • Inside Out: God's Radical Love in Jonah and Ruth. Good Ground Bible Studies 2:2. Newton, KS: Faith & Life Press and Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1999. (Adult curriculum)

  • The Gospel of John. Guide for Biblical Study. Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1999. (Adult Curriculum)

  • No Small Wonder: Stories of Hope from the Nativity. Good Ground Bible Studies 1:3. Newton, KS: Faith & Life Press and Elgin, IL: Brethren Press, 1998. (Adult Curriculum) AMAZON LINK

  • Putting Body and Soul Together: Essays in Honor of Robin Scroggs. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997. Editor (with A. Brown and G. F. Snyder). AMAZON LINK

  • "Scripture as Creative Nonfiction," Preaching Excellence Program, Episcopal Preaching Foundation, June 2006.

  • "Just-A Mother," Voices of Women Preaching God's Word. Brethren Life and Thought 50:1-2 (Winter and Spring, 2005) 90-94.

  • "Writing Fiction, Teaching the New Testament," Image Conference: A Narratable World, Seattle Pacific University, November, 2003. Revised and presented for NBTS Faculty Colloquy, April 2004.

  • "Community and the Spiritual Disciplines," NBTS Faculty Retreat, August 2003. A paper on the relationship between solitude and community.

  • Peace: God's Infinite Justice, Brethren Press, 2002. A biblical response to the events of September 11, 2001.

  • "Analogies for Our Common Life" in Common Life in the Early Church: Essays in Honor of Graydon F. Snyder. Ed. Julian Hills, with Virginia Wiles et al., 26-38. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998.

  • "The Personal Essay as a Mode for Biblical Theology," Paper for the Feminist Theological Hermeneutics of the Bible Section of Society of Biblical Literature, 1997 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  • "On Transforming New Testament Theology: (Re)Claiming Subjectivity" in Putting Body and Soul Together: Essays in Honor of Robin Scroggs, edited by Virginia Wiles, Alexandra Brown, and Graydon F. Snyder, 311-35. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.

  • "Paul As Cross-Cultural Thinker," Pauline Epistles Section of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biblical Literature, March, 1996.

  • "Where the Spirit Leads: Either Particularity or Inclusion or Maybe Both/And, A (Bibfeldtian) Response to Steven Breck Reid, 'Theological Culture Wars and Ethnic Diversity,'" The Cultural Transformation of the Brethren: Understanding the 20th Century, Elizabethtown, PA, June, 1995.

  • "Gentle Strength: Contemporary Prospects for an Understanding of Salvation" in Anabaptist Currents: History in Conversation with the Present, edited by Carl F. Bowman and Stephen L. Longenecker, 41-48. Forum for Religious Studies. Bridgewater, VA: Penobscot Press, 1995.

  • "Living Thoughtfully: The Function of the Intellect in Paul's Ethics," Pauline Epistles Section, Tri-Regional AAR/SBL Meeting, March, 1995.

  • Translation and litany arrangement of Romans 8:28-39 for the Mennonite/Church of the Brethren Hymnal, Worship Resource, 1991.

  • "Philippians 2:5-11: A Paean to Submission or a Call for Confidence?" in Women's Report, Mennonite Church Publication, 1990.


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