Vernon K. Robbins

Sociorhetorical Interpretation

Emory Studies in Early Christianity

Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity


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Vernon K. Robbins is Professor of New Testament and Comparative Sacred Texts in the Department and Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. He was appointed Winship Distinguished Research Professor in the Humanities in 2001. In 1984, his Jesus the Teacher: A Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation of Mark launched socio-rhetorical criticism in New Testament studies. His books The Tapestry of Early Christian Discourse (Routledge, 1996) and Exploring the Texture of Texts (Trinity Press International, 1996) present this approach in the form of programmatic strategies for interpreting the inner texture, intertexture, social and cultural texture, ideological texture, and sacred texture of texts. A Festschrift in his honor, Fabrics of Discourse (Trinity Press International, 2004 []), contains essays that apply insights of socio-rhetorical interpretation. The Invention of Christian Discourse 1 and Sea Voyages and Beyond present work in the first decade of the 21st century. His two most recent works are Who Do People Say I Am? (2013) and Jesus and Mary Reimagined in Early Christian Literature (2015). He is described in Genealogies of New Testament Rhetorical Criticism (2015) as one of "five pioneers" of New Testament rhetorical criticism.

In 1983-84, Prof. Robbins was a Fulbright Professor at the University of Trondheim, Norway. During the summer of 1996, he was a Human Research Science Council Visiting Scholar in South Africa. Prof. Robbins is General Editor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity and co-chair of the Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation seminar in the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is widely published in national and international journals. Currently he is also Visiting Professor of New Testament at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.