About Tina Wray

Tina Wray

Dr. T.J. Wray is a Professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, where she teaches courses in Biblical Studies and World Religions. She is an award-winning professor and is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Presidential Recognition Award, Professor of the Year, and the media recognition award (every year since 2009). Considered one of the leading experts on the life and times of Mary Magdalene, she was selected as the Keynote speaker for the International Women’s Symposium in Magdala Israel (2016). Dr. Wray is a prolific writer and is the author of many articles and several books, including "Good Girls, Bad Girls: The Enduring Lessons of Twelve Women of the Old Testament", What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Guide for Biblical Literacy", and “Good Girls, Bad Girls of the New Testament: Their Enduring Lessons” (all published by Rowman & Littlefield) and “The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil’s Biblical Roots” (Palgrave). She is a regular contributor to The Holy Land Review, The Franciscan Journal of Faith, Culture and Archaeology and is presently working on her next book, “In the Shadow of David: The Story of Israel’s First King, Saul.” Dr. Wray has appeared on National Public Radio, several television documentaries on the History Channel, and various other television and radio programs across the country and abroad. She has spoken to dozens of groups, large and small, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics, ranging from the archaeology of ancient Israel to the role of women during biblical antiquity. An intrepid traveler, she has led tours to biblical lands, studied at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem and participated several excavations, including Mt. Zion and Kibbutz Tzuba (the so-called “Cave of John the Baptist”). For more information, see, www.tjwray.com.

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Presenter at the BAS Virtual Spring Seminar, May 24 – 29, 2021
Excavating Forgotten, Misrepresented, and Marginalized Figures of Earliest Christianity

Led by esteemed scholars Tina Wray (Salve Regina University) and James Tabor (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), this six-session seminar features 12 thought-provoking lectures on intriguing, yet poorly known figures from the world of the New Testament. Includes James, brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and even Satan himself. In the quest to unearth these forgotten figures, this seminar explores a variety of sources beyond the pages of the Bible: intertestamental literature, ancient historical texts, and the latest archaeological discoveries.

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Excavating Lost, Forgotten, Misunderstood, and Marginalized Figures of the Bible

  1. In the Shadow of David: The Real Story of Israel’s First King
  2. Oh Susanna! How the Victim of a Thwarted Sexual Crime Offers Us Insight
  3. The Herod Family Chronicles: Their Biblical and Archaeological Legacy
  4. Go Up You Baldhead! The Story Behind the Story of Elijah’s Protégé
  5. Sister, Sister! The Bible’s Forgotten Sisters
  6. Pilate’s Wife: From Sinner to Saint: How New Evidence Unravels One of the Most Twisted Tales Ever Told
  7. Witches, Monsters, and Bogeymen: Exploring the Supernatural Figures in the Bible
  8. *Humble Beginnings: The Manifestations and Metamorphosis of Humanity’s Greatest Foe
    (The first part of a two-part lecture)
  9. *How A Hometown Girl Became the Apostle to The Apostle: An Archaeological Exploration of Magdala. (The first part of a two-part lecture)
  10. Why Women Kill: A Biblical Perspective on Female Murderesses