Associate Dean Academic Affairs
Gay L. Byron, Ph.D.
The Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament at the Howard University School of Divinity. Before relocating to Howard, she was the Baptist Missionary Training School Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins and Dean of the Program of Black Church Studies at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY. She is the author of Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge Press) and the recipient of a Luce Fellowship through the Association of Theological Schools for her research, which identifies and examines ancient Ethiopic (Ge’ez) sources for the study of the New Testament and other early Christian writings. She has also received fellowships and grants from the Ford Foundation, Lilly Foundation, and the Fund for Theological Education.
During a year-long sabbatic leave in 2005-2006, Dr. Byron did extensive research on the Andre Tweed Collection of Sacred Ethiopian Artifacts and Manuscripts housed at the School of Divinity. Her findings have been published in both academic and ecclesial journals, including the Journal for Religious Thought. In addition she has published commentaries on the book of James, which are included in True to our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary and the latest edition of the Women’s Bible Commentary. In all of her writings, she analyzes the intersection of gender, race, and ethnic identity in the New Testament and early Christianity.
Dr. Byron is an ordained minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and has pastored a congregation in the Bronx for nearly three years, and preached and led workshops throughout the country for a variety of different denominational bodies. She has two school-aged sons and volunteers on a regular basis for their educational, sporting, and scouting activities.
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updated: September 25, 2012