Kara J. Lyons-Pardue, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament
Full-Time

As an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene, Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue fulfills her calling with joy in the classroom. She has taught New Testament and Greek courses at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2011. She loves to read Scripture with her students, allowing the ancient words to come alive and speak afresh in new situations. The majority of her research and dissertation focus on the Gospel according to Mark. Her dissertation, “A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women,” was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Wesleyan Theological Society in March 2016. Most recently, she contributed the commentary on Philemon to the New Beacon Bible Commentary series, forthcoming. In teaching, mentoring, writing, and ministry, Lyons-Pardue is passionate about encouraging women in ministry. As such, she reads stories of women in the Gospels and throughout Scripture, highlighting their faithful boldness.
 

Education

• Ph.D., 2015, Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ)
     o Field: Biblical Studies, New Testament; Advisor: C. Clifton Black
     o Dissertation title: “A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women”

• M.Div., Magna Cum Laude, 2005, Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO)

• B.A., Summa Cum Laude, 2002, Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, ID)

Courses Taught

  • New Testament History and Religion – BIB 102
  • Biblical Greek I – GRK 207
  • Biblical Greek II – GRK 208
  • Reading Scripture Faithfully – BIB 240
  • Jesus and the Gospels – BIB 301
  • New Testament Books and Early Churches – BIB 335
  • Seminar in Biblical Literature – BIB 495
  • Christian Scripture – CMI 635

SCHOLARLY LANGUAGES: German, French, Greek, Latin, Hebrew

Experience in Field

  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Editorial Assistant to C. Clifton Black, 2010
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Executive Editor of Koinonia Journal, 2008 – 2010
  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Teaching Fellow/Preceptor, 2007 – 2010
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek, 2003 – 2006

WORK HISTORY

• Editorial Assistant to C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS), 2010
• Executive Editor of Koinonia Journal, PTS, 2008–2010
• Teaching Fellow/Preceptor, PTS, 2007–2010
• Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Greek, Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS), 2003–2006
• Research Assistant, Nazarene Archives, Kansas City, MO, 2002–2005

Professional and Community Involvement

  • The Church of the Nazarene, San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, Member
  • The Church of the Nazarene Southern California District, Ordained Elder, June 1, 2015
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Member, 2003 – present
  • Wesleyan Theological Society, Member, 2005 – present
  • Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy International, Member, 2002 – present

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

• Full Member, Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies (2018) 4
• Member, Society of Biblical Literature (2003 to present) o Member of Christian Theology and the Bible Section Committee
• Member, Wesleyan Theological Society (2005 to present) o Chair of Biblical Studies Section
• Member, Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy International (2002 to present)

Awards and Honors

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Center Summer Scholar, 2016
  • Wesleyan Theological Society, Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2016
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, Wesleyan Center Fellowship, 2015
  • Point Loma Nazarene University Alumni Association Grant, 2013
  • Goethe Institut Stipendium scholarship, Berlin, 2009

GRANTS AND AWARDS

• Sabbatical, Project: Greek translation, research, and early drafts for a theological commentary on the Gospel According to Mark – Fall Semester 2018
• Wesleyan Center Summer Scholar and RASP Grants for project “Fostering Wesleyan Fellowship and Scholarship: Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies,” Point Loma Nazarene University – Summer 2018 (Pembroke College, Oxford)
• RASP Grant for project “The Word Became Sound: Audio Podcasts on Biblical Studies,” Point Loma Nazarene University – December 2016
• Wesleyan Center Summer Scholar, Project: "Biblical Lands: Reading Gospels in Place,” Point Loma Nazarene University – Summer 2016 (Travel course in Israel and Jordan)
• Outstanding Dissertation Award, Wesleyan Theological Society – March 2016
• Wesleyan Center Fellowship, Project on Women in the Endings of Mark, Point Loma Nazarene University – Fall 2015
• Point Loma Alumni Association Grant, Project: “Opening Access to Early Christian Manuscripts” – awarded May 2013
• Goethe Institut Stipendium (scholarship) – May–June, 2009 (Berlin)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2014, December). A Later Ending Reclaims Mark’s Faithful Women. Dissertation.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming).“Commentary on Philemon” in Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, New Beacon Bible Commentary (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City).
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming). “One Jesus Painted by Four Artists/Gospels,” Holiness Today magazine.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (Forthcoming). “Jesus and the Law,” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology.
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016). “Ancient Sardis,” for Illustrated Bible Life Adult Sunday School curriculum (WordAction; Kansas City, Mo.: Nazarene Publishing House).
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016, March). Presentation: “The Old and New Births of Onesimus” at Wesleyan Theological Society (“WTS”) Meeting in San Diego.
  •  Lyons-Pardue, K. (2016). 8 passage commentaries on Mark for Illustrated Bible Life Adult Sunday School curriculum, Winter 2015/16.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2015, November). Presentation: “A Syrophoenician Becomes a Canaanite: The Narrative Functions of Two Portrayals of One Woman” at Society of Biblical Literature (“SBL”) Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2015, November). Presentation: “Two Mary Magdalenes: Eusebius and the Questionable Reliability of the Gospels’ Female Witnesses” at SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta.
  • Lyons-Pardue, K. (2014, November). Panel: “The Feminist Faithful: Connecting Faith with Feminism through Transgression and Justice” at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

PUBLICATIONS AND CONTRIBUTIONS

• “Two Mary Magdalenes: Eusebius of Caesarea and the Questionable Reliability of the Gospels' Female Witnesses,” Ch. 6 in Rediscovering the Marys: Maria, Mariamne, Miriam (Ed. Mary Ann Beavis and Ally Kateusz; Library of New Testament Studies, Scriptural Traces; T&T Clark, anticipated 2019); Forthcoming.
• “Commentary on Philemon” in Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, New Beacon Bible Commentary (Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City), forthcoming.
• “Jesus and the Law,” Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology (Ed. Robert Branson, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City), forthcoming.
• “One Jesus Painted by Four Artists,” Holiness Today magazine (Jul/Aug 2018), 18-20.
• “Mark 4:35-41“ (Proper 7B) for A Plain Account: A Wesleyan Lectionary Commentary; https://www.aplainaccount.org/proper-7b-gospel, June 18, 2018.
• “Mark 4:26-34“ (Proper 6B) for A Plain Account: A Wesleyan Lectionary Commentary; https://www.aplainaccount.org/proper-6b-gospel, June 11, 2018.
• Following Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King. Co-edited with Timothy R. Gaines. Kansas City: The Foundry Press, 2018. o Contributed chapters, “Introduction” (pp. 11-19) and “Following Jesus’s Prophetic Welcome of Women” (pp. 51-67) o See publisher’s site: https://www.thefoundrypublishing.com/following-jesus9780834136878.html o See my brief interview on my chapter: https://youtu.be/_BVYzF9k91g
• (Reprinted) Co-authored with Jason Sturdevant, “Reading the Bible in a Postmodern Age: The Importance of Context for Interpretation,” Rethinking the Bible: Inerrancy, Preaching, Inspiration, Authority, Formation, Archeology, Postmodernism, and More (2nd Edition; Richard P. Thompson and Thomas Jay Oord, eds.; SacraSage Press, 2018).
• Review: Michael Graves, The Inspiration and Interpretation of Scripture: What the Early Church Can Teach Us. Currents in Theology and Mission 45:2 (April 2018), 49-50.
• “Women in Romans 16” for Illustrated Bible Life curriculum (WordAction; Kansas City, Mo.: Nazarene Publishing House), Spring Quarter 2018.
• “The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come from? How the Sacred Texts Were Compiled,” Invited blog article for the American Bible Society’s Bible Engager’s Blog http://blog.bible/bibleengagers-blog/entry/the-formation-of-the-bible-where-did-it-come-from, Nov. 13, 2017.
• Guest Expert on In All Things Charity Podcast (Season 3), Episode “How We Got the Bible,” April 21, 2017
• “1 Corinthians 1:1-9” (Epiphany 2A) for A Plain Account: A Wesleyan Lectionary Commentary; http://www.aplainaccount.org/epiphany-2a-2nd-reading, Jan. 9, 2017
• “Romans 15:4-13” (Advent 2A) for A Plain Account: A Wesleyan Lectionary Commentary; http://www.aplainaccount.org/advent-2a-2nd-reading, Dec. 4, 2016
• “Ancient Sardis,” for Illustrated Bible Life curriculum (WordAction; Kansas City, Mo.: Nazarene Publishing House), Summer Quarter 2016.
• 8 passage commentaries on Mark for Illustrated Bible Life curriculum, (WordAction; Kansas City, Mo.: Nazarene Publishing House), Winter 2015/16 and Spring Quarter 2016.
• “Widow’s mite,” Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture, co-edited by Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012).
• Video Resource on Matthew 5:48 for Grace and Peace Magazine https://vimeo.com/32601478, Nov. 2011. 3
• Review: N. Calvert-Koyzis and H. Weir, eds., Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts. Biblical Interpretation 19 (2011), 508-510.
• Co-authored with Jason Sturdevant, “Reading the Bible in a Postmodern Age: The Importance of Context for Interpretation,” in The Bible Tells Me So: Wesleyans Reading the Bible as Scripture (Richard P. Thompson and Thomas Jay Oord, eds.; SacraSage Press, 2011).
• Review: L. H. Cohick, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life. Koinonia 22 (2010), 154-58.
• “‘Grace and Peace to You’: This Is the Word of the Lord,” Grace and Peace, (Inaugural Issue, April 2010, p. 38-41).
• “The Trustworthiness and Authority of the Bible,” in Postmodern and Wesleyan?: Exploring the Boundaries and Possibilities, Edited by Jay Richard Akkerman, et al. (Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2009).
• Editorials: Koinonia Journal, “A Quest for Jesus Christ,” Koinonia 20 (2008); and “New Portraits,” Koinonia 21 (2009).

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

• “In Praise of Ignorance: Knowledge in the Parable of the Growing Seed (Mark 4:26-29) and Its Implications for Proclamation in Mark’s Gospel” at the 14th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies – August 14, 2018 (Pembroke College, Oxford) o Paper available in online archive: https://oimts.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/2018-02- lyons-pardue.pdf
• “The Old and New Births of Onesimus” at Wesleyan Theological Society (“WTS”) Meeting – March 12, 2016 (San Diego)
• “A Syrophoenician Becomes a Canaanite: The Narrative Functions of Two Portrayals of One Woman” at Society of Biblical Literature (“SBL”) Annual Meeting – November 21, 2015 (Atlanta)
• “Two Mary Magdalenes: Eusebius and the Questionable Reliability of the Gospels’ Female Witnesses” at SBL Annual Meeting – November 22, 2015 (Atlanta)
• Panel: “The Feminist Faithful: Connecting Faith with Feminism through Transgression and Justice” at National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference – November 15, 2014 (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
• Panel Review of Luke Timothy Johnson, Among the Gentiles (Yale, 2009) at SBL 2011 Annual Meeting – November 20, 2011 (San Francisco)
• “Patterning Mission in the Likeness of a Woman (Mark 16:9-20)” at WTS Meeting – March 4, 2011 (Southern Methodist University, Dallas)
• “Mary Magdalene in a Quasi-Canonical Resurrection Narrative” at SBL 2010 Annual Meeting, Women in the Biblical World Section – November 21, 2010 (Atlanta)
• “Wastefulness in Mark: Two Extravagant Women and Their Exemplary Status” at Mid-Atlantic Regional SBL – March 26, 2009 (Baltimore, Maryland)
• “Miracle in Mark: Theological Reflection on Science’s Questions,” at WTS Meeting – March 14, 2008 (Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina)
• “The Formative Language of a Worshipping Community: Christological Usage of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark,” at WTS Meeting – March 4, 2005 (Seattle Pacific University, Seattle)