Dr. Heather Gorman

Professor of New Testament
B.A. in Bible (Cincinnati Christian University)
M.A. in New Testament (Abilene Christian University)
Ph.D. in Religion (Baylor University)

Books and Other Projects: Interweaving Innocence: A Rhetorical Analysis of Luke’s Passion Narrative (Luke 22:66-23:49)

The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries

Marcan Priority Without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis

 

My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: Without a doubt the students—they are bright and fun and just exceptionally good people. It’s a joy to play a small part in preparing them for however God will use them to extend his kingdom.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Spend time with my husband and two girls, hike in the Smoky Mountains, read, and enjoy all the great food in Knoxville (try the Hurt Locker burger at Stock & Barrel—you won’t regret it!).

In my classes, students can expect: That we won’t shy away from the hard questions about the Bible, that we will connect what we read in the Bible with the world around us, and that I have high expectations for their work (because they consistently rise to that standard!).

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Use your Bible and theology classes as an opportunity to explore your deep questions about God and Scripture. This is one of the few times in your life where you’ll be devoting a significant portion of your time to researching and studying God and his word. Steward that time well.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: More devoted to loving God and loving others, intellectually curious, unsatisfied with easy answers to hard questions, and respectful of people with different viewpoints.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Academic study of the Bible isn’t a threat to faith. All truth is God’s truth, so we have nothing to fear when pursuing truth.

A quote that influences how I live is: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” – Annie Dillard