Adult Education Biographies


Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University, as well as Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary.  In addition to articles, reviews, lectionary resources, and numerous edited volumes, Dr. Gaventa has written Our Mother Saint Paul (Westminster John Knox, 2007), The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon, 2003), I and II Thessalonians (Westminster John Knox, 1998), Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus (University of South Carolina, 1995; Fortress, 1999), and From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament (Fortress, 1986). Her most recent book is When in Romans: An Invitation to Linger with the Gospel according to Paul, published by Baker Press in 2016. Her current project is a commentary for the New Testament Library on Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

In 2016 Dr. Gaventa was president of the Society of Biblical Literature, the largest professional organization of biblical scholars in the world. She is also a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Duodecim Theological Society, and the American Theological Society. Dr. Gaventa has served on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and is an editor-at-large for Christian Century.  She has lectured widely in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Australia.  Dr. Gaventa is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and a member of the University Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas.