Loyola University Chicago

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Christopher W. Skinner, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor and
Graduate Program Director

Office #:  Crown Center 323

Phone: 773-508-8246


CV Link: Skinner CV


Dr. Christopher W. Skinner is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He holds a BS in Communication and English from East Carolina University (1995), a ThM in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from the Catholic University of America (2008). Between 2005 and 2010, he served as Instructor of Biblical Studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore Maryland, where he was the Dunning Distinguished Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship during the 2008-2009 academic year. In the years just prior to his arrival at Loyola he was Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at Mount Olive College in North Carolina (2010-2016) where he was voted the 2013-2014 Professor of the Year. He has also taught previously at East Carolina University (2014-2015) and Loyola University Maryland (2008-2009).   

Dr. Skinner has published nearly two dozen articles and chapters in various books and journals and has authored or edited seven books. His work explores the intersection of literary and historical questions in the narratives about Jesus both within and outside the New Testament. His recent books include Reading John (Cascade, 2015), Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John (Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2013), What are They Saying About the Gospel of Thomas (Paulist, 2012), and Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011; with Kelly R. Iverson). He is currently working on projects related to the ethics of the Johannine literature and recent scholarly views on the Johannine community. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and currently serves on the editorial board for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 

Research Interests

Synoptic Gospels, Gospel of John, Gospel of Thomas, Narrative and Reader-Response Criticism, Literary Hermeneutics, Historical Jesus Studies, Christology, Religion and the Media.

Selected Publications

“‘Son of God’ or “God’s Chosen One’? A Text-Critical Problem and Its Narrative-Critical Solution (John 1:34)” Bulletin for Biblical Research 25 (2015): 47-63.

“The Study of Character(s) in Gospel of Mark: A Survey of Research from Wrede to the Performance Critics (1901-2014),” in Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark, eds., Christopher W. Skinner and Matthew Ryan Hauge (LNTS 483; London: Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2014), 3-34.

“Misunderstanding, Christology, and Johannine Characterization: Reading John’s Characters through the Lens of the Prologue,” in Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John, ed., Christopher W. Skinner (LNTS 461; London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013), 109-25.​

“Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research (1989 – 2009): Part II: Genre, Theology and Relationship to the Gospel of John,” (with Nicholas Perrin) Currents in Biblical Research 11 (October 2012): 65-86.

“Another Look at the ‘Lamb of God,’” Bibliotheca Sacra 161 (Jan.-Mar. 2004): 189-204.