Laura C. Sweat
Assistant Professor of New Testament
Office: 4 West Nickerson
Education: BA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2011. At SPU since 2010.
Laura Sweat joined the School of Theology faculty as an Instructor in Biblical Studies. She teaches the University Foundations courses in Scripture and Formation, as well as an additional course in SOT’s graduate program.
Over the past eight years in Princeton, she has taught or been a teaching assistant for nine classes, covering material ranging from an introduction to Old Testament interpretation to upper-level Greek translation courses. She enjoys teaching in both the academy and the church, and has designed and taught adult education courses in her local congregation.
Dr. Sweat found the paradoxical portrayal of God in the Gospel of Mark so compelling that she had to write a dissertation about it. Her research interests include investigating how New Testament authors such as Mark talk about God, and how their manner of speech might be instructive and challenging for theology and discipleship in the church today. She is also interested in the way that Scripture functions in the narratives of the early church and how it shapes the way that the stories of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are told.
She has enjoyed discovering Seattle and the Puget Sound region, particularly through hiking and running, while she waits for college basketball season to start. A United Methodist by tradition, she embraces the Wesleyan “catholic spirit” as she worships with the body of Christ at Seattle First Free Methodist Church.
Please view Dr. Sweat’s CV (PDF) for publications.
The Theological Role of Paradox in the Gospel of Mark
Scholarship on the Gospel of Mark has long been convinced of the paradoxical description of two of its primary themes, christology and discipleship. This book argues that paradoxical language pervades the entire narrative, and that it serves a theological purpose in describing God's activity.