Karen H. Jobes, Ph.D.
Professor • Writer • Bible Translator

Karen's Publications

 (scroll down for publication list and to read online articles)


1, 2 & 3 John.  ZECNT. Zondervan, 2014.

Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles, Zondervan, 2011.

1 Peter. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Baker Academic, 2005.

with Moises Silva. Invitation to the Septuagint. Baker, 2000.

Esther. The NIV Application Commentary. Zondervan, 1999.

The Alpha-Text of Esther: Its Character & Relationship to the Masoretic Text. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 153. Scholars Press, 1996.

General Editor, Bringing the Bible to Life Series. Zondervan (2008–2010).

Translator, Codex Sinaiticus Esther for British Library: 

Chapters/Articles (click on title to read)

“John: Gospel of the Incarnation,” Bible Study Magazine, May 2014: 38-39.

“ ‘Foreigners and Exiles’:  Was 1 Peter Written to Roman Colonists?” Pp 21–41 in Bedrängnis und Identität. Studien zu Situation, Kommunikation und Theologie des 1. Petrusbriefes.  Edited by David S. du Toit (unter Mitarbeit von Torsten Jantsch). BZNW 200. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013.

“‘Got Milk?’ A Petrine Metaphor in 1 Peter 2:1–3 Re-visited,” Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry (2012): 121–26.

“The Greek Minor Prophets in James” pp. 147–158 in Devotion, Vision, and Worship in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation of Scripture.  Edited by Craig Evans. London: T&T Clark, 2012.

“The Septuagint as Scripture in the Early Church” pp. 21–41 in The Sacred Text.  Edited by Michael Bird and Michael Pahl. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2010.

“‘He Bore Our Sins’: Apostolic Reflections on Isaiah 53” pp. 92–105 in Ears to Hear and Eyes to See: Biblical and Theological Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves. Edited by Peter Enns, Douglas Green, and Michael Kelley. Phillipsburg, NJ: P& R Publishing, 2010.

“The Minor Prophets in James, Peter, and Jude” pp. 135-153 in The Minor Prophets in the New Testament. Edited by Maarten J.J. Menken and Steve Moyise. T&T Clark, 2009.

Translation, New English Translation of the Septuagint: Esther. Oxford University Press, 2007.

"When God Spoke Greek - The Place of the Greek Bible in Evangelical Scholarship." Bulletin for Biblical Research 16 (2006): 219–236.

"The Septuagint Textual Tradition in 1 Peter." pp. 311–333 in Septuagint Research: Issues and Challenges in the Study of the Greek Jewish Scriptures. Edited by Wolfgang Kraus and R. Glenn Wooden. Society of Biblical Literature Septuagint and Cognate Studies 53. Scholars Press, 2006.

“Quantitative Methods for Exploring the Relationship between Books of the Septuagint.” pp. 73–95 in The Bible as Book:  The Transmission of the Greek Text. Edited by O. O’Connor. London: The British Library, 2003.

“Got Milk? Septuagint Psalm 33 and the Interpretation of 1 Peter 2:1–3.” Westminster Theological Journal 63 (2002): 1-14.

“Sophia Christology: The Way of Wisdom?” pp. 226-250 in The Way of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Dr. Bruce K. Waltke on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday. Edited by J. I. Packer and S. Soderlund.  Zondervan, 2000.

"The Syntax of 1 Peter: Just How Good is the Greek?" Bulletin for Biblical Research 13/2 (Fall 2003): 159-173.

"How an Assassination Changed the Greek Texts of Esther," ZAW (1998): 75–78.

"'For Such a Time as This': A Defining Moment in Christian Ministry." Faith and Mission 14 (1996): 3–13.

"Jerusalem Our Mother: Metalepsis and Intertextuality in Galatians 4:21-31."  Westminster Theological Journal 55 (1993): 299–320.

“Distinguishing the Meaning of Greek Verbs in the Semantic Domain for ‘Worship.’” pp. 201–211 in Moisés Silva, Biblical Words and their Meaning:  An Introduction to Lexical Semantics. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994.

"The Function of Paronomasia in Hebrews 10:5-7," Trinity Journal 13 (1992):181-191.

"Rhetorical Achievement in the Hebrews 10 'Misquote' of Psalm 40." Biblica 72, 3 (1991): 387–96.

"Distinguishing the Meaning of Greek Verbs in the Semantic Domain for Worship," Filologia Neotestmentaria 8 (1991): 183–91.

"What Makes Us Different," Virtue Magazine, 9 (November 1986): 78.