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Project Directors

Dr Caroline Blyth (University of Auckland)

Caroline Blyth is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests encompass exploring the Bible in popular culture, focusing in particular on representations of gender and sexuality in biblical and contemporary narratives. She has a special interest in the various intersections that exist between religion and violence, particularly gender violence in all its forms. Her recent publications include The Narrative of Rape in Genesis 34: Interpreting Dinah’s Silence (OUP, 2010), Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015, co-edited with Robert Myles), and The Lost Seduction: Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale (Bloomsbury, 2017). She is managing co-editor of the Bible and Critical Theory journal, and, along with Katie Edwards and Emily Colgan, co-edited a three-volume series, Rape Culture, Gender Violence and Religion, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018). c.blyth@auckland.ac.nz​

Twitter: @CazBlyth


Dr Emily Colgan (Trinity Theological College)

Emily Colgan is Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Trinity Theological College in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her research focuses on the relationship between the Bible and contemporary social imaginaries, asking about the ways in which the ideologies contained within biblical texts continue to inform communities in the present. Emily is particularly interested in depictions of gender and violence, as well as ecological representations in the Bible.

Emily is currently working on an ecological commentary of the book of Jeremiah for the Earth Bible Commentary series (Bloomsbury T&T Clark). In addition to this, she is also researching and writing in the area of rape culture, gender violence, and Christian self-help literature. This work will hopefully appear as part of the Routledge Focus series on Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible. Emily recently co-edited a multi-volume work with Caroline Blyth and Katie Edwards entitled Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion (Palgrave, 2018). She has also been published in Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible: Antipodean Engagements (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015), The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God’s Creation (Wipf and Stock, 2016), The Bible and Art: Perspectives from Oceania (Bloomsbury, 2017), and The Oxford Handbook on Bible and Ecology (Oxford University, forthcoming).

Twitter: @emilyjanecolgan


Dr Chris Greenough (Edge Hill University)

Chris Greenough is Reader in Theology and Religion at Edge Hill University, UK. Chris is primarily interested in the intersections between gender, sexuality and religion. He has published two monographs in this area: Undoing Theology (2018, SCM Press) and Queer Theologies: The Basics (2019, Routledge), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Chris has an active interest in religion and sexual violence, with a particular focus on the themes of homophobia and masculinities in exploring sexual violence against men. This was the subject of his most recent book, The Bible and Sexual Violence Against Men (2020, Routledge), which is part of the Routledge Focus series on Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible. greenouc@edgehill.ac.uk

Twitter: @DrGreenough


Professor Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds)

Johanna Stiebert is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds. She studied at the Universities of Otago (Dunedin, NZ), Cambridge and Glasgow. Prior to joining Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds (in 2009) she taught at St. Martin’s College (now the University of Cumbria, 1998-1999), the University of Botswana (1999-2002), and the University of Tennessee (2003-2009), with shorter teaching stints also at the Kerala United Theological Seminary (2005) and the University of Swansea (2008). Her main research interests are in the Hebrew Bible and: self-conscious emotion terminology, ideological-critical readings of prophetic literature, African-centred interpretation, sexuality, and family dynamics. ​From 2012-15, together with Professor Musa Dube (University of Botswana) she was co-recipient of a British Academy International Partnership Fund, ‘UK and Southern African Biblical Scholarship in Dialogue’. She was recipient of a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (Humboldt Fellowship) and spent a year (August 2017-August 2018) at the University of Bamberg. She is actively involved in support for refugees and asylum seekers and a long-standing member of Amnesty International. ​Together with Caroline Blyth, Johanna is series editor of the Routledge Focus series ‘Rape Culture, Religion, and the Bible’ for which she authored the inaugural volume, Rape Myths, the Bible and #MeToo.  J.Stiebert@Leeds.ac.uk

Twitter: @JoiStie20


The Shiloh Project was founded in early 2017. The founding co-directors were Caroline Blyth, Katie Edwards and Johanna Stiebert. In July 2020 Katie Edwards left the University of Sheffield and academia to pursue the path of a full-time writer. We look forward to seeing Katie thrive and to promoting her ongoing work here on the Shiloh Project blog, which is marked by her energy and spirit. 

You can find Katie on Twitter (@KatieBEdwards) and on her personal website. Thank you for everything, Katie!