Emerson. B Powery

Emerson. B Powery
Emerson. B Powery
Professor of Biblical Studies

I have recently joined the faculty at Messiah as a Professor of Biblical Studies. Most of my research, writing, and editing relates to the New Testament, including "Jesus Reads Scripture" (Brill, 2003) and "True to Our Native Land: An African American NT Commentary" (Fortress/Augsburg, 2007).

I serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Literature (2005-Present) and the editorial board for the Common English Bible; also, I am a recent past (regional) President of the Society of Biblical Literature (SE Region; 2006-2007). My current research projects include issues of empire, power, identity, and spirit in the Gospel of Mark and the function of the Bible in the 19th century ‘slave narrative’ tradition, including the narratives of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs.

When not dissecting some peculiar Greek phrase, wrestling with some cultural hermeneutical perspective, or listening to Bob Marley’s tunes, Kimberly (my spouse) and I--and our four sons--enjoy attending Mets games when they visit D.C. or Philly. 

Ph.D., 1999
Duke University
M.Div., 1992
Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., 1989
Lee University
A.A. , 1986
Miami Dade Community College
Contact Information:
Messiah College
Suite: 3053
E-mail: EPowery@messiah.edu
Phone: (717) 796-1800 ext.3420
Fax: (717) 796-4790