Kelli Gibson

BA, Abilene Christian University
MDiv, Abilene Christian University
MPhil, University of Oxford
DPhil, University of Oxford

Phone: 325-674-3709

ACU Box 29428
Abilene, TX 79699


Research Interests: Eastern Christianity; Syriac language; history of Muslim-Christian relations; Christology; liturgical developments; history of apologetics; hagiography

Personal Interests: Reading, writing, strategy games, baking bread

Courses Taught: Introduction to Syriac, Ancient and Medieval Church History, Theological Explorations, Historical Theology, New Testament Greek 

Publications/Work In Progress:

  • Extractions from the DPhil thesis, Festal Apologetics: Syriac Treatises on the Feast of the Discovery of the Cross, including:
  1. the publication, translation, and analysis of several unedited Syriac treatises on the Feast of the Discovery of the Cross
  2. the transmission of the Protonike and Helena legends in Syriac
  3. apologetic texts defending the veneration of the cross in an Islamic milieu
  • “You are what you eat: dietary metaphors in the Syriac Liber Graduum.” In Breaking the Mind: Studies on the Syriac Liber Graduum, edited by R. Kitchen and K. Heal. Provo, UT: BYU Press, 2014.

A very recent DPhil survivor, Kelli moved to Abilene in August of 2015 to join the GST faculty as an assistant professor. She somehow managed to convince her husband Ian to leave the mild climes of southern England for the Wild West. They are enjoying settling into life in Abilene.

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