Dr. Peters holds degrees from the University of California, the University of Chicago, and Emory University. Her undergraduate thesis on the Dead Sea Scrolls was awarded High Honors. She was one of two recipients in Religious Studies of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate studies (2004-2008). Her research appears in top peer-reviewed journals such as Biblica, JECH/APB, JSP, and Neotestamentica. She has presented at classics and religious studies conferences at universities such as Princeton and Tufts. Dr. Peters has contributed to national magazines such as America. She has taught at Dominican University, the University of St. Francis, Lake Superior State University, and Emory University.

In addition to her academic pursuits, she has done environmental work with faith-based organizations (Floresta and La Jolla Presbyterian) in Oaxaca, edited the college newsletter of Revelle College at UCSD (Revellations), fed the homeless with Christian campus organizations at UCSD, served on the Education and Faith Committee of the Catholic Community at UCSD, translated business documents between French and English (San Diego, CA), tutored English and civics for Boat People SOS (Atlanta, GA), coordinated veterans and emergency preparedness programs for AmeriCorps and the American Red Cross (Chicago, IL), taught physical education at a charter school (Los Angeles, CA), worked on a political campaign (Los Angeles, CA), and coordinated research for University of California science research station.


2013       Ph.D., Emory University

2005       A.M., University of Chicago

2003       B.A., University of California, San Diego

Other Publications

      Journal Articles and Book Chapters 

1.     “Robes of Transfiguration and Salvation in Early Christian Texts.” In: Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity, edited by Alicia Batten and Kelly Olson (London: Bloomsbury Academic, under contract, submitted).
2.     “The Crown and Athletic Games in 2 Clement: Healing, Status, and Almsgiving.” In: Studia Patristica, edited by Markus Vincent (submitted, forthcoming).
3.     1-2 Clement.” In: Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers, edited by Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in press, 2020).
4.     “The Clericus Cup.” In: Gods, Games, and Globalization: New Perspectives on Religion and Sports, edited by Rebecca Alpert and Arthur Remillard. Macon: Mercer University Press (in press, 2019).
5.     “The Phoenix in 1 Clement.” In: Studia Patristica XCIII: Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015. Volume 19: The First Two Centuries; Apocrypha and Gnostica, edited by Markus Vinzent. Leuven: Peeters, 2017. 17-26.
6.     “The Spring as a Civilizing Mechanism in Daphnis and Chloe.” In: Cultural Crossroads in the Ancient Novel, edited by David Konstan, Marilia Pinheiro, and Bruce MacQueen. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017. 123-142.
7.     “Gendered Activity and Jesus’s Saying Not to Worry.” Neotestamentica 50.1 (2016): 35-52.
8.     “Permanent and Temporary Ethnicity in the Esther Scroll.” In: Megilloth Studies, edited by Brad EmbrySheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2016. 110-124.
9.     “Rahab, Esther, and Judith as Models for Church Leadership in 1 Clement.” Journal of Early Christian History 5.2 (2015): 94-110.
10.  “Crowns in 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, and 1 Corinthians.” Biblica 96.1 (2015): 67-84.
11.  “Suffering the Good: Theodicies in Scripture and Thérèse of Lisieux.” In: Erotic Faith: Essays in Honor of Wendy Farley, edited by Mari Kim. Upland: Sopher, 2014. 120-135.
12.   “Reading the Corinthian Veils through Hijabs and Habits.” In: 1-2 Corinthians, edited by Yung-Suk Kim.Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. 129-45.
13.  “Hellenistic Iconography and Imagery in Daniel 12:5-13.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 19.2 (2009):127-145.
14.  “Lot’s Wife in the Novels of Mary Anne Sadlier.” Postscripts 5.2 (2009): 155-174.

Book Reviews

1.     Review of Michael G. Azar, Exegeting the Jews: the Early Reception of the Johannine “Jews.” Ancient Jew Review (2018): http://www.ancientjewreview.com/articles/2017/12/29/book-note-exegeting-the-jews-the-early-reception-of-the-johannine-jews.
2.     Review of Jörg Rüpke, Pantheon. Reading Religion (2018): http://readingreligion.org/books/pantheon.
3.     Review of Sarah Whittle, Covenant Renewal and the Consecration of the Gentiles in RomansReview of Biblical Literature (2017): http://www.bookreviews.org.
4.     Review of Joshua Jipp, Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal TheologySyndicate (2017): https://syndicate.network/symposia/biblical-studies/christ-is-king/.
5.     Review of Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Alicia J. Batten (eds.), Dressing Judeans and Christians in AntiquityReview of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.
6.     Review of Jeffrey A.D. Weima, 1-2 Thessalonians. Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.
7.     Review of Sandor Goodhart, The Prophetic Law: Essays in Judaism, Girardianism, Literary Studies, and the EthicalJournal for the Academic Study of Religion 29 (2016): 118-119.
8.     Review of Christopher G. Frechette, Christopher R. Matthews, Thomas D. Stegman (eds.), Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little InstructionReview of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.
9.     Review of Helen Kraus, Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4Hebrew Studies53 (2012): 375-377.
Encyclopedia Articles

1.     “Syro-Palestinian Art and Architecture.” EBSCO. (2016.)
2.     “Book. III. New Testament.” In: Hans-Josef Klauck, et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception 4. New York: De Gruyter, 2011.

1.     Review of A Century of Women’s Votes (Cambridge 2020) for Religion & Politics (under contract)January 2020.
2.     Animation on Roman naumachiae for TED-Ed. June 2019. https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-the-romans-flooded-the-colosseum-for-sea-battles-janelle-peters.
3.     Article on tea financing California suffragists for The Atlantic. September 2018. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/09/how-tea-helped-women-sell-suffrage/571546/
4.     Article on historical memory and statues for The Washington Post. January 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/01/05/why-statues-dominated-in-2017/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.025abf485237
5.     Article on the Olympics for The Atlantic. May 2017. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/on-your-marks/528321/
6.     Article on the Clericus Cup for Busted Halo. April 2017. https://bustedhalo.com/life-culture/vatican-soccer-tournament-youve-never-heard
7.     Article on the Clericus Cup for Paste. April 2017. https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2017/04/football-in-the-vatican-the-clericus-cup-turns-10.html
8.     Article on the Clericus Cup for Sport Digest. March 2017. http://thesportdigest.com/2017/03/the-clericus-cup-the-vaticans-soccer-tournament/
9.     Article on historical accuracy, women, and Medieval Times for Bust. February 2017. https://bust.com/living/19068-medieval-women-women.html
10.  Article on James 1:27 for Seminarium Blog. May 2015. http://seminariumblog.org/author/janelle-peters/
11.  Article on Twitter and biblical studies for America. May 2014. https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2014/05/13/go-tweet-it-mountain-praying-bible-twitterverse

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