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S. Scott Bartchy

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Office  5381 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-825-4570

Bartchy's current research focuses on the socialization of boys and girls into the dominant cultural values and social codes of the various peoples living in the early Roman Empire as the context for understanding the ways in which the developing "Christian" movement reinscribed, remained neutral, or undermined those values.


M.Div. Harvard Divinity School, 1963
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971


University Distinguished Lecturer Award, 198

Selected Publications

"Who Should Be Called Father? Paul of Tarsus betwen the Jesus Tradition and Patria Postestas." Biblical Theology Bulletin 33 (2003) 135-147.

"Undermining Ancient Patriarchy: Paul's Vision of a Society of Siblings." Biblical Theology Bulletin 29 (1999) 68-78.

"Narrative Criticism" [pp. 787-92] and "Slave, Slavery" [pp. 1098-1102] in The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Developments (InterVarsity, 1997].

"Paul's Letter to Philemon" in Vol.5:304b-310a and "Slavery in the Greco-Roman World and the New Testament" in Vol 6:65b-73b ofThe Anchor Bible Dictionary, Doubleday, 1992.

"Table Fellowship" in the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, InterVarsity Press, 1992, pp. 796a-800a.

"Community of Goods in Acts: Idealization or Social Reality?" in The Future of Early Christianity: Essays in Honor of Helmut Koester, ed. Birger Pearson, Fortress Press, 1992, pp. 309-18.

"Machtverhaeltnisse, Unterordnung und sexuelles Selbstverstandnis im Urchristentum," in Die Bibel als politisches Buch, ed. D.Schirmer Berlin: Kohlhammer, 1982, pp. 109-46, 161-65.

MALLON CHRESAI: First Century Slavery and the Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 7:21.(Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series, No. 11), Scholars' Press, University of Montana, 1973. (Reprinted by Scholars' Press, 1985, and by Wipf & Stock 2003).

Graduate Students

S. Dylan Breuer, Drake Levasheff, K. C. Richardson, A. Sue Russell, Joseph Sanzo, Kevin Scull, James Petitfils, Patrick McCollough