Gail R. O’Day

Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching

BA, Brown; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; PhD, Emory

O’Day’s scholarly research focuses on the Gospel of John, the Bible and preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation.  She has written a number of books and articles, including the commentary on the Gospel of John in The New Interpreters Bible (1996) and Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide (Abingdon Press, 2007), and is currently working on a feminist commentary on the Book of Revelation. She is editor or co-editor of several volumes, including the Oxford Access Bible (Revised Edition Oxford University Press 2011), and the Theological Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). O’Day was the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature from 1999-2006 and General Editor of the Society of Biblical Literature book series, Early Christianity and its Literature, from 2009-2014. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. Read more from our Dean.

Religious Affiliation

United Church of Christ

Recent Publications

  • “Shaped By Hearing: Living our Stories Together. How do we reclaim the Bible in the pulpit for people who have little grounding or contact with it?”  pp. 3-11 in Questions Preachers Ask: Essays in Honor of Thomas G. Long, ed Scott Black Johnston, Ted A. Smith, and Leonara Tubbs Tisdale (Louisville, Westminster John Knox, 2016)
  • “Martha: Seeing the Glory of God,” pp. 487-503 in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in the Gospel of John,  ed. Steven A. Hunt, D. Francois Tolmie, Ruben Zimmermann (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016)