Dr Elizabeth Shively

Dr Elizabeth Shively

Director of Teaching

Researcher profile

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Dr. Elizabeth Shively (BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD, FHEA) came to St Andrews in 2012, having previously taught at Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, and having served six years in pastoral ministry. She received her PhD in Religion at Emory University with a primary concentration in New Testament Studies and a secondary concentration in Homiletics. Dr. Shively’s specialization is the Gospel of Mark, on which she has numerous publications. In addition, she is Editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism monograph Series, on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Studies, and prior New Testament General Editor for Bible Odyssey (www.bibleodyssey.org). Dr Shively was elected to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, was awarded the McCall-MacBain Teaching Excellence Award by the University of St Andrews in 2016, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Finally, Dr. Shively is committed to public engagement out of a desire to make a contribution to the church and society. She fulfills this commitment through preaching, conference speaking, and contributions to Christianity Today and workingpreacher.org.


DI1006 Jesus and the Gospels

DI3712 Reading in the Greek New Testament

DI4608/09 The Gospel of Matthew (English Text/Greek Text)

DI4615 The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature

DI4626/27 The Book of Revelation (English Text/Greek Text)

DI4630/31 The Gospel of Mark (English Text/Greek Text)

DI5901 The Bible and Contemporary Issues: New Testament Ethics             

DI5907 The Book of Revelation and Contemporary Culture

Research areas

Dr. Shively specializes in the Gospel of Mark and the use of literary theory in its analysis. She is particularly interested in the use of cognitive disciplines (esp. cognitive linguistics) to account for acts of textual communication, interpretation, and reception; in the reuse of Israel's scriptures; and the intersection of Jewish apocalyptic worldview, symbols and language and the New Testament. Dr Shively is currently preparing a monograph entitled The Invention of the Gospel: Genre, Meaning, and Identity (Oxford University Press). In it, she integrates literary, cognitive, and rhetorical theories to offer a new model for gospel genre study and analysis; and suggests how gospel genre contributes to the textual construction of early Christian identity. In addition, she is preparing the second edition of the New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) on The Gospel of Mark (Eerdmans).

PhD supervision

  • Tessa Hayashida
  • Jonathan Hunter
  • Jesse Stone
  • Tobias Siegenthaler
  • Timothy Tse

Selected publications


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