Teresa Hornsby, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion

Dr. Teresa HornsbyEmail: thornsby@drury.edu
Phone: (417) 873-7849
Office: Pearsons 105
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Hello! I'm Dr. Teresa J. Hornsby, a Professor of Religious Studies, and I teach the biblical studies courses, general religion courses, and some upper level topics for the department (such as The Bible, Sex, and Sexuality, A History of African American Religions in the US, and A History of Anti-Semitism). I received a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, a master's degree and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. My research centers primarily on the topics of sexuality and gender in the Bible. I have a short list of some recent publications below. My most recent article is “The Dance of Gender: David, Jesus and Paul,” in Neotestamentica, a journal based in South Africa. This paper emerged from a series of lectures I gave at the University of South Africa in Pretoria and at Stellenbosch University. I am currently working on a manuscript called Bible Transitions: Toward a Trans Biblical Hermeneutic.

When I’m not teaching, researching and writing, I play drums in a Riot Grrrl band and I brew beer. Please email me with any question you may have about our department, our curriculum, Drury, my research, riot grrrl music or beer.

Drury University faculty member since 2000
Professor since 2012


Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, eds. Teresa J.
Hornsby and Ken Stone. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature: Semeia Series, No. 67, 2011.

Sex Texts From the Bible: Selections Annotated & Explained. Woodstock, VT: Skylight
Paths/Jewish Lights Publishing, 2007.

Most Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“The Dance of Gender: David, Jesus, and Paul." Neotestimentica 48.1 (75-91).

“Queer Criticism,” in Searching for Meaning: A Practical Guide to New
Testament Interpretation, Paula Gooder, ed. Westminster/John Knox Press and SPCK Publishing Co., 2008. 144-151.

“Anointing Traditions,” in J. Dominic Crossan, Amy-Jill Levine, and
Dale Allison, eds., The Historical Jesus in Context.. Princeton University Press, 2006, 339-342.

“Ezekiel,” in Robert Goss, Deryn Guest, Mona West, and Thomas Bohache, eds.
The Queer Bible Commentary, SCM Press, 2006, pp. 412-426.