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





1.     Paul and the Citizen Body. WUNT II. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, (2021; accepted).

2.     1 Clement. (2 vols.) Waco: Baylor University Press, (under contract).



Peer-Reviewed Articles


1.     “The Crown and Athletic Games in 2 Clement: Healing, Status, and Almsgiving.” Studia Patristica (2021; accepted).

2.     “Creation, Gender, and Angels in Paul, Philo, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Open Theology 7 (2021): in press.

3.     “Judith and the Elders of 1 Clement.Open Theology 7 (2021): 60-68.

4.     “Slavery and the Gendered Construction of Worship Veils in 1 Corinthians.” Biblica 101.3 (2020): 431-443.

5.     “The Phoenix in 1 Clement.Studia Patristica 93 (2017): 17-26.

6.     “Gendered Activity and Jesus’s Saying Not to Worry.” Neotestamentica 50.1 (2016): 35-52.

7.     “Rahab, Esther, and Judith as Models for Church Leadership in 1 Clement.” Journal of Early Christian History 5.2 (2015): 94-110.

8.     “Crowns in 1 Thessalonians, Philippians, and 1 Corinthians.” Biblica 96.1 (2015): 67-84.

9.     “Hellenistic Iconography and Imagery in Daniel 12:5-13.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 19.2 (2009):127-145.

10.  “Lot’s Wife in the Novels of Mary Anne Sadlier.” Postscripts 5.2 (2009): 155-174.


Chapters in Edited Volumes


1.     “Wonder Woman and the Labors of Hercules.” In: Theology and the DC Universe, edited by Gabriel McKee and Roshan Abraham. Lanham: Lexington, (submitted).

2.     “Veiling in Corinth.” In: A Gender Study: The Real Lives of Women and Men in the Bible, edited by Celina Durgin and Dru Johnson. Eugene: Cascade, (submitted).

3.     “Paul, Nostra Aetate, and Irrevocable Gifts in Light of the Romans Plant Metaphor,” In: God’s Israel and the Israel of God – A Conversation on Pauline Supersessionism, edited by Michael F. Bird and Scot McKnight. Bellingham: Lexham, (2022; submitted).

4.     “Robes of Transfiguration and Salvation in Early Christian Texts.” In: Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity, edited by Alicia Batten and Kelly Olson. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

5.     1-2 Clement.” In: Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers, edited by Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021.

6.     “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, 2019.

7.     “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.

8.     “Permanent and Temporary Ethnicity in the Esther Scroll.” In: Megilloth Studies, edited by Brad Embry. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2016. 110-124.

9.     “Reading the Corinthian Veils through Hijabs and Habits.” In: 1-2 Corinthians, edited by Yung-Suk Kim. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013. 129-45.


Book Reviews


1.     Review of Elliott Rabin, The Biblical Hero (2020). Reading Religion (2021): https://readingreligion.org/books/biblical-hero.

2.     Review of Runar Thorsteinsson, Jesus as Philosopher: The Moral Sage in the Synoptic Gospels. Review of Biblical Literature (2020): https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=12491&CodePage=12491,4138,7733.

3.     Review of Benjamin Edsall, The Reception of Paul and Early Christian Initiation. Review of Biblical Literature (2020): https://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=13038&CodePage=9854,13038.

4.     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.

5.     Review of Jörg Rüpke, Pantheon. Reading Religion (2018): http://readingreligion.org/books/pantheon.

6.     Review of Sarah Whittle, Covenant Renewal and the Consecration of the Gentiles in Romans. Review of Biblical Literature (2017): http://www.bookreviews.org.

7.     Review of Joshua Jipp, Christ Is King: Paul’s Royal Theology. Syndicate (2017): https://syndicate.network/symposia/biblical-studies/christ-is-king/.

8.     Review of Kristi Upson-Saia, Carly Daniel-Hughes, Alicia J. Batten (eds.), Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity. Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

9.     Review of Jeffrey A.D. Weima, 1-2 Thessalonians. Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

10.  Review of Sandor Goodhart, The Prophetic Law: Essays in Judaism, Girardianism, Literary Studies, and the Ethical. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 29 (2016): 118-119.

11.  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 Instruction. Review of Biblical Literature (2016): http://www.bookreviews.org.

12.  Review of Helen Kraus, Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4. Hebrew Studies 53 (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. August 2020. https://religionandpolitics.org/2020/08/18/a-century-of-womens-suffrage/.

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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