Jeffrey Siker

 Jeffrey+Siker+July+2011+Profile+Picture Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
Office: University Hall 3761
Phone: (310) 568-4556
Fax: (310) 568-1947


Academic Background

Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary (New Testament Studies, 1989)
M.Div. Yale University Divinity School (1981)
M.A. Indiana University (Religious Studies, 1978)
B.A. Indiana University (double major: Music & Religious Studies, 1976)

Current Areas of Research

Jewish/Christian Relations
History of Biblical Interpretation
Scripture & Ethics


Courses Currently Teaching

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • The Gospel of John
  • The Four Gospels
  • The Pauline Epistles
  • New Testament Greek
  • New Testament Portraits of Jesus
  • Feminist Interpretation of the Bible
  • Jesus in Gospel and in Film
  • Scripture and Ethics
  • Foundations of New Testament Theology
  • Jesus in History and in Fiction
  • The Bible in American Cultures
  • Paul's Letter to the Romans in History and Theology
  • The Historical Jesus and Contemporary Interpretation


Professional Bio

Dr. Siker teaches and publishes in the area of New Testament studies and has been chair of the Department of Theological Studies since 2002. He is the author of Disinheriting the Jew: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy and of Scripture and Ethics: Twentieth Century Portraits. He is the editor of Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate and Homosexuality and Religion: An Encyclopedia.  Dr. Siker is an ordained Presbyterian minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and is a Parish Associate at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.


Selected Publications


  • Homosexuality and Religion: An Encyclopedia (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006)
  • Scripture and Ethics: 20th Century Portraits (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997)
  • Editor, Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994)
  • Disinheriting the Jews: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991)
  • Co-editor (with J.H. Charlesworth), Jews and Christians: Exploring the Past Present and Future (New York: Crossroad, 1990)
  • Jesus the Perfect Sinner: The Sinlessness of Jesus in Earliest Christianity (in preparation)



  • “Historicizing a Racialized Jesus: Case Studies in the ‘Black Christ,’ the ‘Mestizo Christ,’ and White Critique.” Biblical Interpretations 15 (2007): 26-53
  • "Theologizing the Death of Jesus, Gibson’s The Passion, and Jewish/Christian Relations," in After The Passion is Gone: American Religious Consequences, eds., J. Shawn Landres & Michael Berenbaum (Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press, 2004) pp. 137-147
  • "Homosexuality," Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed., H. Hillerbrand (New York: Routledge, 2003) pp. 882-885
  • "President Bush, Biblical Faith, and the Politics of Religion," Religious Studies News (May, 2003)
  • "Christianity in the Second and Third Centuries," in The Early Christian World, ed., P. Esler (London & New York: Routledge, 2000), pp. 231-257
  • "The Parousia of Jesus in Second and Third Century Christianity," in The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity, ed., J. Carroll (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2000), pp. 147-167
  • "The Bible in Presidential Politics from Carter to Clinton," Biblicon 3 (May 1998) 63-72
  • "Uses of the Bible in the Theology of Gustavo Gutiérrez: Liberating Scriptures of the Poor," Biblical Interpretation 4:1(1996) 40-71
  • "Gentile Wheat and Homosexual Christians: New Testament Directions for the Heterosexual Church," in R.L. Brawley, ed., Biblical Ethics & Homosexuality (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996) 137-151
  • "How to Decide? Homosexual Christians, the Bible, and Gentile Inclusion," Theology Today 51:2 (July, 1994) 219-23
  • "The Daughter of Stephanas: A Review Essay of A.C. Wire's The Corinthian Women Prophets: A Reconstruction through Paul's Rhetoric (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990)," Religious Studies Review 19:4 (1993) 305-308.
  • "The New Testament," chapter 4 in The College Student's Introduction to Theology, ed., T. Rausch, S.J. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993) 45-68
  • "'First to the Gentiles:' A Literary Analysis of Luke 4:16-30," Journal of Biblical Literature 111 (1992) 69-86
  • "Gnostic Views on Jews and Christians in the Gospel of Philip, " Novum Testamentum 31 (1989) 275-288
  • "From Gentile Inclusion to Jewish Exclusion: Abraham in Early Christian Controversy with Jews," Biblical Theology Bulletin 19 (1989) 30-36
  • "Abraham in Graeco-Roman Paganism," The Journal for the Study of Judaism 18 (1988) 188-208
  • "The Canonical Status of the Catholic Epistles in the Syriac New Testament," The Journal of Theological Studies 38 (1987) 311-340
  • "The Bible and Public Policy," The Christian Century 103:6 (1986) 171-173
  • Review Essay: J.G. Gager, The Origins of Anti-Semitism: Attitudes Toward Judaism in Pagan and Christian Antiquity (New York: Oxford University Press, 1983) Union Seminary Quarterly Review 41 (1986) 60-65
  • "The Theology of the Sabbath in the Old Testament," Studia Biblica et Theologica 11(1981) 5-20
  • "Disciples and Discipleship in the Fourth Gospel," Studia Biblica et Theologica 10(1980) 199-227.


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