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Department of

Theology and Religious Studies

Florence Gillman, S.T.D.

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies

Florence M. Gillman, PhD, has been a member of USD’s faculty since 1986. She  previously also served as chair of the department of Theology and Religious Studies and as Coordinator of the Ppogram in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Gillman teaches the courses entitled Introduction to Biblical Studies, Pauline Theology, The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and the World of the Bible. Her research interests include the New Testament world, women in the Pauline churches and the history of earliest Christianity.

Education

S.T.D., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium; Theology (New Testament)
Ph.D., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium; Religious Studies (New Testament)
S.T.L., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium; Theology
M.A.- S.T.B., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium; Theology
B.A., Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium; Religious Studies 
M.A., Catholic University of America, Religion and Religious Education
B.A., Catholic University of America, Religion and Religious Education

Scholarly and Creative Work

Gillman’s research is rooted in her study of the writings of Paul, primarily the Epistle to the Romans. Following an initial doctoral study of Paul’s thought on baptism, entitled Dying with Christ according to Romans 6:5a (1993), she focused prosopographically upon the various individuals Paul mentioned in both that letter and his others. This resulted in the publication of a book entitled The Women Who Knew Paul (1992; Portuguese 1999). The latter work triggered research on the political women of the Herodian dynasty in Paul’s world and led to the completion of a book entitled Herodias: At Home in That Fox’s Den (2003). This will be followed by a book now in progress concerning another Herodian political figure, Berenice. Gillman has also published many journal articles in publications such as Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniensis, Louvain Studies, the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Bible Today, Living Light, New Theology Review, Teaching Theology and Religion, and numerous encyclopedia in, for example, the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Anchor Bible Dictionary, the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, and An Introductory Dictionary of Theology and Religious Studies. She is an associate editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and on the international advisory board of Louvain Studies.

Teaching Interests

Gillman has taught a wide range of biblical studies courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels as well as numerous preceptorial and  interdisciplinary Honors and Social Issues team-taught classes. She has also lectured in USD’s study abroad programs in Guadalajara, Mexico and London, England. In the summer of 2007 she was a visiting professor at the Institute of Sino-Christian Studies, Hong Kong, and Holy Spirit Seminary, Hong Kong, lecturing for those institutions in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Hong Kong.