Shively T. J. Smith serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Boston University School of Theology. Rev. Dr. Smith is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she serves as a resident scholar at the historic Cathedral of the AME Church, Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.
As a scholar of New Testament, Rev. Dr. Smith’s particular focus is on the traditions of Peter, diaspora studies, approaches to biblical interpretation, Womanist and African American biblical interpretation, and issues related to the treatment of and hospitality to “strangers,” locally and globally. She published her first book, Strangers to Family: Diaspora and First Peter’s Invention of God’s Household with Baylor University Press and is completing a commentary on Second Peter for SBL Press. She has also contributed to writing projects and series, including Feasting on the Gospels, Reading & Writing Theologically, and the forthcoming series, Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the online Working Preacher Lectionary series and the Odyssey Network’s “On Scripture” online series and “Odyssey Impact” campaigns.
She currently serves on the Society of Biblical Literature’s Women in the Bible Steering Committee and the Emory Studies in Early Christianity editorial board for SBL Press. Previously, she was also a national mentor for the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) and has been recognized as an outstanding alumna and mentor by IRT’s Maryland Alumni Chapter and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
Rev. Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at Emory University as the first African American female degreed in that specialization. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, Association for Jewish Studies, and the Society for the Study of Black Religion.