Research Profile: Robyn Whitaker

Robyn is Coordinator of Studies – New Testament at Pilgrim Theological College and Senior Lecturer within the University of Divinity. She specialises in the Book of Revelation with particular attention to the visual culture in which the text emerged and the visual rhetoric of biblical literature. She has published on Revelation, Luke, and Mark’s gospel.

She completed her PhD at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her thesis on ekphrasis and the persuasive visual rhetorical of Revelation was one of the first studies on the use of ekphrasis in the New Testament and was subsequently published as Ekphrasis, Vision, and Persuasion in the Book of Revelation in 2015. She continues to work on Revelation exploring the theology, symbolism, and rhetoric of that text for both an ancient and modern audiences as well as the relationship between the Bible and visual culture.

Robyn frequently writes on issues relating to gender, sexuality, politics, and the Bible in popular and mainstream media outlets. You can find some of her articles here.


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Research Publications

Robyn’s recent publications include:

“A Failed Spectacle: The Role of the Crowd in Luke 23,” Biblical Interpretation  25.3 (2017): 399-416

“From Cross to Ascension: The Surprising Locus of Salvation in Luke-Acts,” Australian Biblical Review  65 (2017): 3043

Ekphrasis, Vision, and Persuasion in the Book of Revelation, WUNT 2, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.

“The Poetics of Ekphrasis: Vivid Description and Rhetoric in the Apocalypse,” in Poetik und Intertextualität in der Apokalypse. Edited by Stefan Alkier, Thomas Hieke, and Tobias Nicklas, 227-240. WUNT 1; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015

“Rebuke or Recall? Rethinking the Role of Peter in Mark’s Gospel,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 666-82

She is currently working on her second book on Revelation and coediting, with Monica Melanchthon,  a volume of essays on feminist biblical scholarship.

A full research profile can be found here


Robyn welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in the New Testament and particularly projects related to Revelation, Mark, Luke-Acts, or approaches that include feminist hermeneutics or visual exegesis. She is currently supervising a PhD thesis on Matthew’s gospel in postcolonial perspective and various projects on Revelation.