Jeremy W. BarrierAssistant Professor of Biblical Literature and Director of the Graduate Program
Dr. Barrier's research interests include the Pauline Epistles (especially 1 and 2 Corinthians), second century ancient Christian novels (such as the Acts of Paul and Thecla), and Coptology. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in New Testament, Old Testament, and missions. As a missions minister for the Madison (AL) Church of Christ, he encourages and strengthenes churches throughout Asia and South America. On an annual basis, he teaches in various schools, institutions, and leadership training programs in India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Peru. He and his wife, Robin, have two children, Samuel and Sophia.
Ph.D., Biblical Interpretation, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 2008
M.A., New Testament, Freed-Hardeman University, 2002
B.S., Mathematics and Natural Science, Freed-Hardeman University, 2000
I AM: A Study of the True and Living God. Edited by Jeremy W. Barrier and Charles R. Webb. Florence, AL.: Heritage Press, 2010).
“Joy From a Jail,” Power Points for New Life (Adult Bible Quarterly; Nashville: 21st Century Cristian, 2008), 70-75.
“The God of Creation of Beginnings,” Renewing Respect: Rediscovering a Forgotten Virtue (Ed. Bill Bagents; Nashville: Gospel Advocate, 2009), 15-21.
“Two Visions of Heaven: Further description of Paul’s Opponents in 2 Corinthians 12.1-10.” Carolyn Osiek Festschrift. Edited by David L. Balch and Jason T. D. Lamoreaux. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, Forthcoming November 2010.
The Acts of Paul and Thecla: A Critical Introduction and Commentary. Edited by Jörg Frey. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 270. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009.
“Marks of Oppression: A Postcolonial Reading of Paul’s Stigmata in Galatians 6:17.” Biblical Interpretation 16.4 (2008): 336-62.
“Paul and His Master: Defining and Applying a Postcolonial Definition to Galatians 6:17.” The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin 35.2 (2006) 34-8.
“Visions of Weakness: Apocalyptic Genre and the Identification of Paul’s Opponents in 2 Corinthians 12.1-6.” Restoration Quarterly 47.1 (2005) 33-42.
“Las Acta Pauli et Theclae: contexto historigráphico,” to be presented at the Congreso de Santa Tecla for the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Religiosas San Fructuoso Arzobispado de Tarragona, 27-29 October 2011 in Tarragona, Spain.
“The Earliest Christian Novels: an analysis of the manuscript evidence and literary evidence for Christian novel writing in the Pre-Constantinian Era.” presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010 between 8:30-10:15am for the “New Testament IV” section with the theme Reception History of the New Testament for the Southeastern Regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in conjunction with the meeting of the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion in Atlanta, GA.
“How Gnostic is Thecla?: Understanding the Relationship of the Acts of Paul and Thecla, Tertullian’s de Baptismo, and the Gospel of Judas,” presented June 25-27, 2009 for the Christian Scholar’s Conference in Nashville, TN.
“Reception of the Pastorals in the Second Century: A Test Case Looking at the Acts of Paul and Thecla,” presented on Saturday, March 14, 2009 for the Southeastern Regional meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in conjunction with the meeting of the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion in Greensboro, NC.
"A Critical Introduction and Commentary on the Acts of Paul and Thecla: A Synopsis” presented on Saturday, January 10, 2009 for the Association pour l’Étude de la literature Apocryphe Chrétiennes (AELAC) biannual meeting in Bex, Switzerland.
“Thecla’s Forbidden Love for Paul: The Telling of an Ancient Romance under the Shadow of the Empire,” presented on Saturday, November 22, 2008 between 1:00 and 3:30 P.M. at the “Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative Section” for the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Stigmata as a Language of Torture in Galatians 6.17: Paul’s Body within a Postcolonial Optic,” presented on Monday, November 20, 2006 between 1:00 and 3:30 P.M. at the “Bible and Cultural Studies ” Section for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D. C.
“Tertullian and the Acts of Thecla or Paul? Readership of the Ancient Christian Novel and the Invocation of Thecline and Pauline Authority,” presented on Monday, November 20, 2006 between 4:00 and 6:30 P.M. at the “Christian Apocrypha” Section for the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D. C.