Jeannine Brown

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Dr. Brown has focused much of her research and writing on the Gospels, hermeneutics, and interdisciplinary integration. In addition to a book on biblical hermeneutics (Scripture as Communication) and two books on integration, she has published three commentaries on Matthew's Gospel. She is a member of the NIV translation team and is a part of the revision project for the NIV Study Bible, celebrating its 35th year in 2020. Her current writing projects include commentaries on Philippians (Tyndale series) and 1 Peter (NICNT).

Started at Bethel



  • University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Bachelors of Music , 1984
  • Bethel Seminary - Master of Divinity, 1991
  • Luther Seminary - Ph.D., 2001



Dr. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary for over 20 years, first at the St. Paul campus and more recently in San Diego. She teaches in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. Her books include Scripture as Communication (2007), Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation (2011), and Matthew (2015; Teach the Text series). She also co-edited the second edition of Jesus and the Gospels (2013). Her newest book is Relational Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology (with Steve Sandage). She has published numerous journal articles and book essays on the Gospels of Matthew and John, 1 Peter, and topics of hermeneutics. Some of these have been published in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and Horizons in Biblical Theology. Jeannine thoroughly enjoys teaching in churches and ministries on the topics of Bible interpretation and the New Testament. She is married to Tim Brown, singer-songwriter, and has two adult daughters, Kate and Libby.


Courses Taught

  • Hermeneutics
  • New Testament Survey
  • New Testament Explorations
  • Greek
  • Senior Integrative Seminar
  • Matthew
  • John
  • 1 and 2 Peter


  • Biola Center for Christian Thought Course Development Grant, 2015
  • Bethel Faculty Alumni Grant, 2013
  • Bethel Faculty Alumni Grant, 2011
  • Lilly Collaborative Research Grant, 2009-10
  • Bethel Faculty Alumni Grant, 2008
  • Bethel Faculty Alumni Grant, 2005
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Bethel Seminary, 2003 and 2019




Relational Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology: Theory, Research, and Practice. With Steve Sandage. Routledge, March, 2018.

Matthew. Two Horizons Commentary on the New Testament. With Kyle Roberts. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, September 2018.

Matthew. Teach the Text Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015.

Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 2d ed. Edited by Joel B. Green, Nicholas Perrin, Jeannine K. Brown. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

"Matthew" in The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Rev. ed. Edited by Andrew E. Hill and Gary M. Burge. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2012.

Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation.

With Carla M. Dahl and Wyndy Corbin Reuschling. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.

Scripture as Communication: Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples. SBL Academia Biblica 9. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2002. Co-published by Brill, 2002.


"Is the Future of Biblical Theology Story-Shaped?" Horizons in Biblical Theology 37 (2015) 13-31.

"Matthew, Gospel of," "Narrative Criticism," and "Justice, Righteousness." In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 2d ed. Edited by Joel B. Green, Nicholas Perrin, Jeannine K. Brown. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2013.

"Matthew's 'Least of These' Theology and Subversion of 'Us/Other' Categories." In Matthew: Texts @ Contexts, 287-301. Edited by Nicole Wilkinson Duran and James P. Grimshaw. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.

"Genesis in Matthew's Gospel." In Genesis in the New Testament, 42-59. Edited by Maarten J. J. Menken and Steve Moyise. New York: T & T Clark, 2012.

With Steven J. Sandage. "Converging Horizons for Relational Integration: Differentiation-Based Collaboration." Journal of Psychology and Theology 40 (Spring, 2012) 72-76.

"New Testament Foundations of Christian Spirituality." In Dictionary of Christian Spirituality, 46-51. Edited by Glen G. Scorgie. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

"Creation's Renewal in the Gospel of John." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (April, 2010) 275-90.

With Steven J. Sandage, "Monarchy or Democracy in Relation Integration? A Reply to Porter." Journal of Psychology and Christianity 29 (2010) 20-26.

"Apostle, N.T." and "Disciple, Discipleship, N.T." In Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Vol. 2: 471-76 and Vol. 6: 887-889. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009, 2013.

"Genre Criticism and the Bible." In Words and the Word: Explorations in Biblical Interpretation and Literary Theory, 111-50. Edited by Jamie Grant and David Firth. Nottingham: InterVarsity, 2008.

"Between Text and Sermon: James 2:1-13." Interpretation 62 (April, 2008) 174-76.

"The Rhetoric of Hearing: The Use of the Isaianic Hearing Motif in Matt 11:2-16:20." In Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew, 248-69. Edited by Daniel M. Gurtner and John Nolland. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

"Just a Busybody? A Look at the Greco-Roman Topos of Meddling for Defining allotrieposkopos in 1 Peter 4:15." Journal of Biblical Literature 150 (Fall, 2006) 527-46.

"Direct Engagement of the Reader in Matthew's Discourses: Rhetorical Techniques and Scholarly Consensus." New Testament Studies 51 (January, 2005) 19-35.

"Chronology and the New Testament." In Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. Edited by Kevin Vanhoozer. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

"Silent Wives, Verbal Believers: Ethical and Hermeneutical Considerations in 1 Peter 3:1-6 and Its Context." Word and World 24 (Fall, 2004) 395-403.



With Steven J. Sandage. "Welcome and Difference in Interdisciplinary Conversation." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Bible and Practical Theology Program Unit, San Diego, CA. November 23, 2014.

"Is the Future of Biblical Theology Story-Shaped?" (paper and panel discussion). Christian Scholars' Conference, Nashville, TN, June 5-6, 2014. To be published in Horizons in Biblical Theology 37.1 (2015).

Invited guest and respondent at Conversation on the Bible, sponsored by Biblica and Christianity Today. Chicago, IL. January 2-3, 2014.

With Carla M. Dahl. "Courage for Collaboration," "Holy Hospitality," and "Created for Formation, Wired for Integration: An Interdisciplinary Look at Christ-Shaped Community and Leadership." Distinguished Lectureship Series, Bethel Seminary, San Diego, CA. March 1, 2013.

"Where Are You From? Location Matters for Interpretation and Integration." Honors Program Annual Address, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. August 27, 2012.

"Women Faculty at Mid-career: Challenges and Opportunities." Plenary Presentation, ATS Mid-Career Women Faculty, Pittsburgh, PA, March 22, 2012.

"Matthew's "Least of These" Theology and Subversion of "Us/Other" Categories." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Atlanta, GA. November 22, 2010.

Response to Panel on "History, Historicisms, and Theological Interpretation." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Theological Hermeneutics of Christian Scripture Unit, Atlanta, GA. November 20, 2010.

Participant in Panel Discussion of Andreas Kostenberger, A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters. Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA. November 17, 2010.

Response to John Christopher Thomas, "Driving Miss Daisy and the Theological Interpretation of Scripture." Annual Meeting of the Institute of Biblical Research. New Orleans, Louisiana. November 21, 2009.

With Peter T. Vogt. "Hebrew and Greek Acquisition in a Technological Age." Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theology Society. San Diego, California. November 16, 2007.

"Genre in Biblical Hermeneutics: What Can We Learn from Literary and Rhetorical Genre Theory?" Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theology Society. San Diego, CA. November 15, 2007.

Response to Al Wolters, "No Longer Queen: The Theological Disciplines and Their Sisters." Scripture and the Disciplines Conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. May 25, 2004.

"Disciples in Narrative Perspective: Do the Matthean Disciples Understand?" Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Matthew Section, Atlanta, GA. November 23, 2003.


Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS)
  • Institute of Biblical Research