As well as our editors, The Bible & The Arts has a number of distinguished advisors.


Dian Apostolos-Cappadona
Dr Diane Apostolos-Cappadona
Professor in the Catholic Studies Program and Women's & Gender Studies, Georgetown University

Author, among many other publications, of the Encyclopedia of Women in Religious Art (1996); Dictionary of Christian Art (1994); and The Spirit and the Vision: The Influence of Christian Romanticism on the Development of 19th-century American Art (1995).

James Kugel
Dr James Kugel
Chair of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University, Israel, and Harry M. Starr Professor Emeritus of Classical and Modern Hebrew Literature at Harvard University

Author and editor of 16 books and numerous articles on the Bible and its early commentators, focusing on the Second Temple period. In 2001, his book, the Bible As It Was won the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Award in religion.

Jeremy Begbie
Dr Jeremy Begbie
Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship of Theology, Duke Divinity School

Jeremy Begbie is the inaugural holder of the Thomas A. Langford Research Professorship of Theology at Duke University, North Carolina. He teaches systematic theology, and specializes in the interface between theology and the arts. His particular research interest is the interplay between music and theology.

He is also Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is author of a number of books, including "Theology, Music and Time" (CUP), "Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music" (Baker/SPCK), and "Music, Modernity, and God" (OUP). He is a professionally trained and active musician, and has taught widely in the UK, North America and South Africa.

Mordechai Cohen
Dr Mordechai Z. Cohen
Professor of Bible and Associate Dean; Divisional Coordinator of Academic Jewish Studies, Yeshiva University

Expert on Medieval biblical interpretation; connections with Arabic poetics and medieval Hebrew poetry; Muslim jurisprudence and Jewish legal exegesis; modern literary approaches to the Bible.

In 2010, he directed the international research project "Encountering Scripture in Overlapping Cultures: Early Jewish, Christian and Muslim Strategies of Reading and Their Contemporary Implications" at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr Robin Margaret Jensen
Dr Robin Margaret Jensen
Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University.

Robin Jensen teaches courses in both the Department of the History of Art and the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University.

Most of her research and writing focus on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture in light of its theological significance and practical contexts. Her courses include introductions to Jewish and Christian pictorial hermeneutics; visual representations of God, the Trinity, Christ, the Virgin Mary, and the saints; and the religious art of Late Antiquity.

Her books include "Understanding Early Christian Art" (Routledge, 2000); "Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity" (Fortress, 2005) and "The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith and the Christian Community" (Eerdmans, 2004); "Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism" (Brill, 2011), and "Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity" (Baker Academic, 2012).

She was also a contributing editor to "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art" (Yale, 2008), co-editor of "Visual Theology" (Liturgical Press, 2010), and co-editor of the "Cambridge History of Late Antique Archaeology" (expected 2015). With her husband, J Patout Burns, she recently completed "Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Belief" (Eerdmans, 2014). Her current project, "The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy", is due to be published by Harvard University Press in 2015.

Simon Haines
Professor Simon Haines
English Professor, Hong Kong University

Dr Vivienne Westbrook
Dr Vivienne Westbrook
Associate Professor of Renaissance Studies, Taiwan National University

Vivienne Westbrook is an Associate Professor of Renaissance Literature at National Taiwan University, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and the Book and Associate Editor of Reformation.

Her first book Long Travails and Great Paynes (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press, 2001) was a treatment of Renaissance Bible translation and paratext. She has published widely on the subject of Renaissance texts, figures and issues and their representations in subsequent ages. Her most recent work in this area includes: “The Cinematic Afterlives of Jesus, the Messiah” in Biblical Reception 1 (Sheffield Phoenix, 2012): 111-134; “Reconciling Reformation: the Real Translators of the King James Bible and the Great Tradition” in The King James Bible: 1611-2011: Legacy in Language and Culture. Ed. Ye.B. Yakovenko (Moscow: BukiVedi, 2013): 114-134; “Who Framed Bathsheba?” in The Edinburgh Companion to the Bible and Arts. Ed., Stephen Prickett (Edinburgh University Press, 2013): 236-253 and “The Victorian Reformation Bible” in The John Rylands Library Bulletin: Reinventing the Reformation in the Nineteenth Century. Eds.,Peter Nockles and Vivienne Westbrook (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2014): 179-201.