Pamela Thimmes

Professor Emerita



Dr. Thimmes, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton, is a Franciscan sister, who holds a B.S.Ed. from Ohio University in English Literature, M.A.s from Canisius College and Vanderbilt University in Religious Studies, and was awarded a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Biblical Studies. She has been a professor in the Religious Studies Department since 1985.

Dr. Thimmes is past chair of the Feminist Hermeneutics of the Bible section within the Society of Biblical Literature and the past president of the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society. Over the past 17 years she has contributed at least 30 weeks a year to local and regional communities, offering adult education series on topics in the biblical studies.


  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 1990

Research Interests

  • New Testament studies - particularly the Synoptic Gospels and the Apocalypse
  • Women in the biblical tradition, with special emphasis on the Mary Magdalene traditions
  • Literary, sociological and feminist hermeneutics of the Bible

Selected Publications

Studies in the Biblical Sea-Storm Type-Scene: Convention & Intervention (Mellen, 1992)

Co-editor of Escaping Eden: New Feminist Perspectives on the Bible (Sheffield, 1998; New York University Press, 1999)

"Feminist Hermeneutics" in Harper Collins Bible Dictionary, rev. ed., Paul J. Achtemeier gen. ed. with the society of Biblical Literature (San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1996)

"Memory and Re-Vision: Mary Magdalene Research since 1975," Currents in Research: Biblical Studies, vol. 6, 1998, 193-226