Meghan Henning

Assistant Professor

  • Full-Time Faculty


Meghan Henning is the Assistant Professor of Christian Origins at the University of Dayton. She specializes in New Testament and Early Christianity, and holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and Economics from Denison University, a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University. Meghan’s book (Mohr Siebeck) on the pedagogical function of Hell in antiquity is entitled "Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell."  She has written several articles, essays, and invited papers on Hell, the New Testament, apocalyptic literature, apocryphal literature, and disability studies. In addition to the New Testament she is interested in the theme of suffering in antiquity, women in early Christianity, Petrine literature, historiography, contemporary philosophy, the work of Michel Foucault, disability studies, feminist hermeneutics, and post-colonial theory. She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Jacob K. Javits foundation, the Society of Biblical Literature, Yale Divinity School, and Emory University and has appeared in a documentary for the National Geographic Channel.

Research Interests

  • Afterlife
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Eschatology and Apocalypticism
  • Apocrypha and Pseudephigrapha
  • Peter
  • Women’s Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Rhetoric
  • Narrative Theory
  • Foucault