Robert Fowler

Ph.D., The University of Chicago Divinity School

Robert Fowler

Robert FowlerProfessor of Religion

Ph.D. in Bible, The University of Chicago Divinity School
M.A. in Biblical Studies, The University of Kansas
B.A. in Mathematics and Computer Science, The University of Kansas


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Courses Taught

Jesus and the Gospels
Christianity in the New Testament
The history of the Bible
Joseph Campbell and the power of myth
Introduction to religion: Islam
Seminars on the Gospels and the historical Jesus 



Loaves and Fishes: The Function of the Feeding Stories in the Gospel of Mark. (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006) [reprint edition]

Let the Reader Understand: Reader-Response Criticism and the Gospel of Mark. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 2001) [reprint edition]

As a member of "The Bible and Culture Collective," co-author of The Postmodern Bible. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995)

Edited Book:

New Paradigms in Bible Study: The Bible in the Third Millennium. Edited with Edith Blumhofer and Fernando Segovia (London: T & T Clark International, 2004)


"In the Boat with Jesus: Imagining Ourselves in Mark's Story," in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect, ed. Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011), pp. 233-258

"Why Everything We Know about the Bible is Wrong: Lessons from the Media History of the Bible," in The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media: Essays in Honor of Thomas Boomershine, ed. Holly Hearon and Phil Ruge-Jones (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2009), pp. 3-18

"Reader-Response Criticism: Figuring Mark's Reader," in Mark and Method: New Approaches in Biblical Studies, 2d ed., ed. Janice Capel Anderson and Stephen D. Moore (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008), pp. 59-93

"The End of the Bible As We Know It: The Metamorphosis of the Biblical Traditions in the Electronic Age," in Literary Encounters with the Reign of God: Festschrift for Robert C. Tannehill, ed. Paul Kim and Sharon Ringe (New York and London: T & T Clark International, 2004), pp. 341-356

"How the Secondary Orality of the Electronic Age Can Awaken Us to the Primary Orality of Antiquity, or, What Hypertext Can Teach Us About the Bible," Interpersonal Computing and Technology: An Electronic Journal for the 21st Century 2,3 (July 1994): 12-46. Available online at

"The Fate of the Notion of Canon in the Electronic Age," Forum 9 (1993 [published in 1996]): 151-172

Professional Memberships

Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
Westar Institute
American Association of University Professors
Catholic Biblical Association
American Academy of Religion
Society of Biblical Literature