Rebecca Rine

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies
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Contact Information
Phone: 724-264-4714

Rebecca Rine


  • B.A., English, Campbell University
  • M.A., Applied Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ph.D., in Religious Studies (Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice), University of Virginia


  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Linguistic Society of America
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature

Areas of Expertise

  • Patristic commentary on the Bible
  • Rabbinic literature
  • Pragmatics as a subfield of linguistics
  • Ancient rhetorical and educational culture
  • Biblical interpretation in the early church
  • The history, theory, and theology of Bible study
  • Material book culture
  • Professional editing
  • Pastoral and theological writing

Courses Taught

  • WRIT 101, Foundations of Academic Discourse
  • HUMA 102, Civilization and Biblical Revelation

Selected Research

  • Dissertation: The Song of Songs as Script: Performance, Pedagogy, Patristics
  • “How Scripture (and Commentary) Can Transform Its Hearers: Language and Linguistics in Gregory of Nyssa.” Presentation at the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion, November 2015.
  • “‘Moses Kissed the Bridegroom’: Moses as a Model of Spiritual Ascent in Gregory of Nyssa’s The Life of Moses and Homilies on the Song of Songs.” Paper presented at the Mideast Regional meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 2014.
  • “Philo and His Interpreters: How Later Readers Remember His Writings on Hagar and Sarah.” Paper presented by invitation at the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, The Catholic University of America, November 2013.
  • “Jesus among the Philosophers and Poets: Biblical Quotation in Clement of Alexandria’s Protreptikos.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 2013.
  • “Impersonating the Bride and Groom: The Theological Significance of the Song of Songs.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, May 2013.
  • “Singing the Psalms to Profit the Soul: Psalmody and Ethical Formation in Athanasius of Alexandria.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2010.
  • “Imagination and Invention in Ignatius of Antioch: Insights from Cognitive Linguistics” and “By Faith, Abraham”: Early Christian Interpretations of Genesis 15:6.” Papers presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 2010.
  • “Augustine as Reader and Teacher of Reading.” Paper presented at the Duke-UVa Colloquium in Durham, NC, September 2008.
  • “Every Writer Needs a Reader: Reasons and Resources for Sending All Kinds of Writers to the Center.” Paper presented at the Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, October 2004.
  • “Shades of Gray: Ethical Dimensions of Writing Center Tutoring” (with Deanna Rogers and Jennifer Larson). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Writing Center Association, April 2002.

Selected Publications

  • “Learning to Read with Augustine of Hippo” in the Journal of Education and Christian Belief 11.2. 2007.
  • Review of To Our Bodies Turn We Then: Body as Word and Sacrament in the Works of John Donne by Felecia Wright McDuffie. Christian Librarian. Fall 2005.
  • Review of Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology by Nancy Vyhmeister Presbyterion 31.2, Fall 2005.

Professional Experience

  • Research and Writing Specialist, Covenant Theological Seminary (2003-2006)
  • Professional editor for a variety of academic and religious presses (2006-present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Religion, George Mason University (2012-2014)
  • Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Early Christianity, the Catholic University of America (2012-2015)


  • Playing the piano
  • Reading
  • Hiking
  • Following ACC basketball

You might be surprised to learn about me
As a student, I studied abroad in Spain, South Korea and Taiwan, and spent 10 weeks teaching English at the Pӓdagogische Hochshule in Ludwigsburg, Germa


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