Robyn Whitaker

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Robyn  Whitaker

The Revd Dr Robyn Whitaker
BSc Monash, BD(hons) & BTh Univ of Div, PhDUChicago
Bromby Lecturer in Biblical Studies, and Online Coordinator
Theological School
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Robyn Whitaker joined Trinity College Theological School in June 2016 as the Bromby Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Online Coordinator. She is returning to her hometown of Melbourne after almost a decade living in the USA where she has taught biblical languages and exegesis at several seminaries and divinity schools including the University of Chicago, Princeton Theological Seminary and, most recently, Union Theological Seminary in New York. After majoring in science as an undergraduate (Monash University) she undertook theological studies in Melbourne (BD and MTh), and has a PhD in Bible from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Robyn is an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church and has experience working in both congregational and chaplaincy settings. Her main area of research focuses on the epiphanic and apocalyptic literature of the Bible, particularly the Book of Revelation, as well as visuality and visual exegesis of the Bible.


  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Apocalyptic Literature
  • The Book of Revelation
  • Galatians
  • James


Publications (select):

 “A Failed Spectacle: The Role of the Crowd in Luke 23,” Biblical Interpretation (2016)

Ekphrasis, Vision, and Persuasion in the Book of Revelation, WUNT 2: 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. WUNT 1: Mohr Siebeck, 227-240 (2015)

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

“Falling Stars and Rising Smoke: Imperial Apotheosis, Idolatry, and the Christology of Revelation,” in Imagery in the Book of Revelation. Edited by Michael Labahn and Outi Lehtipuu. Leuven: Peeters (2011)