Professor Holly Hearon

Professor Emerita, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis


Research interests:

Biblical performance criticism; social semiotics and multimodality


“A Social Semiotic Multi-Modal Approach to Communication Practices in Early Christianity.” Journal of Early Christian History 4/1 (2014): 44-67.

“Music as a Medium of Oral Transmission in Jesus Communities.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 43, no. 4 (2013): 124-34.

“Characters in Text and Performance: The Gospel of John.” In From Text to Performance. Edited by Kelly R. Iverson. Biblical Performance Criticism. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2014.

“From Narrative to Performance: Methodological Considerations and Interpretive Moves.” Pages 211-32 in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect. Edited by Kelly R. Iverson and Christopher W. Skinner. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

“Storytelling in the Ancient World.” Pp. 21-35 in The Bible in Ancient and Modern Media. Edited by Holly E. Hearon and Phil Ruge-Jones. Biblical Performance Criticism, vol. 1. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008.

“Storytelling in Oral and Written Media Contexts of the Ancient Mediterranean World.” Pp. 89-110 in Jesus, the Voice, and the Text. Edited by Tom Thatcher. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2008.

Conference papers:

“Melody and Metaphor: Music as a Medium of Communication in the Ancient Western World.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies: Information Technologies in Antiquity Seminar, University of Victoria (Canada), 2013.

“Searching for Intersections: Oral Tradition and Music in Early Christianity.” Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.

“Manuscript and Melody: Written Texts Experienced in Sound and Rhythm.” Double Stories, Double Lives: Reflecting on Textual Objects in the Pre-Print World, Yale University, 2012.

“Music as Metaphor in Performance.” The Oral, the Written, and Other Verbal Media—Testimony Witness and Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience, University of Victoria (Melbourne), 2011.

“Storytelling in Oral and Written Media as a Context for the Emergence of the Gospels.” The Oral, The Written, and Other Verbal Media: Interfaces and Audiences, University of Saskatchewan, 2008.


Currently co-editor of the Biblical Performance Criticism series, Wipf & Stock.

Grant writing and research for The Rose Ensemble, an early music vocal ensemble


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