Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Edith M. Humphrey

William F. Orr Professor of New Testament
Year Started at PTS: 2002

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Ph.D., McGill University / New Testament and Christian Origins
B.A., Victoria College, University of Toronto / English and Classics
A.R.C.T., Royal Conservatory of Toronto / Piano


Dr. Edith M. Humphrey is the William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (2002-present). Prior to her service at PTS, she taught at several colleges and universities in Canada, and was professor of Scripture at Augustine College, Ottawa, Canada, from 1997-2002, where in her final year she served as dean. She earned her bachelor’s (with honors) from Victoria University (University of Toronto) and received her doctorate from McGill University, Montreal, where she was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. The author of numerous articles on the literary and rhetorical study of the Bible, she has also written seven books: Further Up and Further In: Orthodox Conversations with C. S. Lewis (St. Vladimir’s Press, forthcoming), Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible Really Says (Baker Academic, 2013); Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth as in Heaven (Brazos, 2010); And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament (Baker Academic, 2007); Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Eerdmans, 2005); the Sheffield Guide to Joseph and Aseneth (Continuum/Sheffield, 2000); and The Ladies and the Cities: Transformation and Apocalyptic Identity in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, the Apocalypse and The Shepherd of Hermas (Sheffield, 1995).

In her popular writing she has addressed such subjects as the Jesus Seminar, the Trinity, sexuality and the human person, music and theology, the authority of Scripture within the Great Tradition, and Christian spirituality. Humphrey is a also co-author, along with other members of the Primate’s Theological Commission (Anglican Church of Canada), of a series of theological workbooks for congregational use, titled Wrestling with God. She is currently working on two research projects: Mediation and The Immediate God and the reading of the Church fathers on justification language in St. Paul’s letters. An active member of the Orthodox Church (attending St. George’s Antiochian Church, Oakland), she retains strong ties with friends in various denominations, and is a well-known as a popular speaker at church retreats, ecumenical conferences, and seminary events. An accomplished musician who was the musical director and organist at St. George’s Anglican Church in Ottawa, she now helps with her parish choir, participates in the PTS Taizé ensemble, and plays oboe in the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band. She and her husband, Chris, have three grown daughters and 12 grandchildren.

Church Associations

Ordination: Salvation Army Lieutenant, 1979-1984

Local Church Membership: St. George’s Antiochian Church

Professional Competencies


  • A.R.C.T. in piano performance

Areas of Expertise

  • New Testament
  • Hellenistic Jewish Literature
  • Biblical Theology
  • Music

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Development Council for “Book of Two Thousand Tongues” (a project of the Canadian Bible Society)
  • Commission on Ministry for the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh (former)
  • Primate’s Theological Commission, Anglican Church of Canada (former)

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • 2006-present: Steering Committee, Paul’s Theology and 2 Corinthians Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2004-present: Steering Committee, Biblical Hermeneutics Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2003-2009: Steering Committee, Rhetoric and New Testament Section, Society of Biblical Literature
  • 1998-2001: Programme Director, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
  • 1998-2000: Executive, Canadian Evangelical Theological Association


  • Joachim Jeremias Essay Prize (Canadian Society of Biblical Studies)
  • Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal (for Ph.D. thesis)

Additional Resources

Complete CV
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Personal website *
Radio Interview: Ancient Faith Radio Dr. Humphrey spoke about her recent book Scripture and Tradition: What the Bible REALLY Says.
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* The material contained in Humphrey's website does not necessarily express the opinion of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, staff, or Board of Directors.