Laura C.S. Holmes
Associate Professor of New Testament; Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Office: Alexander 108
Education: BA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2002; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2005; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2011. At SPU since 2010.
Laura Holmes teaches University Foundations courses in Scripture, as well as courses on the New Testament or the Gospels for theology majors and seminarians. She also serves as the Associate Dean for Seattle Pacific Seminary.
Dr. Holmes's research interests include investigating how the New Testament Gospels talk about God and how their manner of speech might be instructive and challenging for theology and discipleship in the church today. Her first book explored this idea in the Gospel of Mark. 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’s life, death, and resurrection are told. She loves the transformative power of stories that she finds in the Gospels, particularly in their characters. She is currently writing a commentary on the Gospel of John for the New Beacon Bible Commentary series.
She worships and serves with the body of Christ at Bothell United Methodist Church.
Please view Dr. Holmes’ 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.