Kristin Helms, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies


585.594.6328
Helms_Kristin@roberts.edu

Kristin Helms has a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis upon the Old Testament.  Her primary areas of research include the prophets, post-exilic period, and pastoral concerns related to the practice of ministry.  She is currently a Section Leader for the update edition of the New Revised Standard Version translation of the books of 2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther, in which her role is to oversee an assessment of the readability of the updated translation for today’s audience.  Prior to coming to Roberts, she taught courses at the Masters and Doctoral levels at Princeton Theological Seminary, Missio Seminary, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  In addition to her academic interests, she has served in numerous ministry settings, including working with at-risk children in urban centers as well as developing and implementing both outreach and Christian Education programs in local churches.  She has a passion for helping college students learn to study and apply Scripture faithfully to their lives. 

RESEARCH

Her current research interest is in birth imagery in relation to creation imagery and to the female womb in the Old Testament.   Her work is motivated by painful experiences of women she has encountered in churches as they have struggled with infertility, miscarriage, and other difficulties in the childbirth process, and she is currently under contract to write a book that will serve as a resource for our culture in faithfully understanding the scriptural framework for such scenarios.

PUBLICATIONS

“Haggai.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Malachi.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Zechariah.” The Wesley One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Edited by Kenneth J. Collins and Joel B. Green. Nashville: Abington, forthcoming.

“Hypostasis.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 12. Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming.

“Fire,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 9. Edited by Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014.

“Eye,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 7. Edited by Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowsk. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013.

“Abda,” “Abdeel,” “Abdi,” “Abdiel,” “Ahuzzath,” “Adoniram,” and “Ahijah.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. Volume 1. Edited by Hans-Joseph Klauck, Volker Leppin, Bernard McGinn, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric J. Ziolkowski. Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, 2009.

“Kiriath” and “Maadai” in The New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary. Volume 3. Edited by Katherine Doob Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abington Press, 2008.