Beth M Sheppard

Associate Professor of the Practice of Theological Bibliography

External address: 
Duke Box 90972; 407 Chapel Dr., 113 Gray Bldg. (divinity Library), Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90972, 407 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-3452

Overview

Professor Sheppard’s research interests include not only library administration and practice, but also the Fourth Gospel. She is particularly intrigued about the everyday life for early Christians. Her dual research agenda is reflected in the diversity of the journals in which her recent articles have appeared, including Theological Librarianship and Sapientia Logos. Her book, The Craft of History for the Study of the New Testament, was published in 2012 with the Society of Biblical Literature. Prior to coming to Duke, Sheppard directed the library and taught New Testament courses at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Although a United Methodist layperson, Sheppard has pastored in rural United Methodist congregations and continues to preach and teach in church settings. Her orientation toward service is also present in her work in the academy, where she is a member of the editorial team for the European Studies on Christian Origins series published by Continuum.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Sheffield 2000

Selected Grants

Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection awarded by State Library (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Sheppard, BM. The craft of history and the study of the New Testament. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.

Sheppard, BM. "Historiography, Ancient." The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media. Bloomsbury Publishing, October 19, 2017. 172-176. (Chapter)

Sheppard, BM. "Pergamum." The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media. Bloomsbury Publishing, October 19, 2017. 291-293. (Chapter)

Sheppard, BM. "The Fourth Gospel, Romanization and the Role of Women." An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament. Ed. A Winn. Atlanta: Society Biblical Literature, 2016. 123-142. (Essay)

Sheppard, BM. "Nation and World, Church and God." Nation and World, Church and God. Ed. M Baffes and KL Vaux. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, September 30, 2014. 259-270. (Chapter)

Sheppard, BM. "Nation and World, Church and God." Nation and World, Church and God. Ed. M Baffes and KL Vaux. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, September 30, 2014. 259-270. (Essay)

Sheppard, BM. "Viae et Pontes: The Literary Mileposts of Garry Wills (An Annotated Bibliography)." Nation and World, Church and God: Essays in Honor of Garry Wills. Ed. KL Vaux and M Baffes. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2014. 259-270. (Chapter)

Kapraun, P, and Sheppard, BM. "Deploying Free Labor." Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 83-83.

Kapraun, P, and Sheppard, BM. "Maximizing Output." Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. 97-97.

SHEPPARD, BM. "WRITING FOR LIBRARY WEBSITES." Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook. American Library Association, 2010. 143-144.

Sheppard, BM. "Crafting a Compelling Bibliographic Essay." Writing and Publishing: The Librarian’s Handbook. Ed. C Smallwood. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010.

Pages

Sheppard, BM. "Reading for Faith and Learning (Review) (Published online)." Theological Librarianship 10.1 (October 2017): 50-52. (Review) Open Access Copy

Sheppard, BM, Nguyen, P, Murrain, S, and DeBold, E. "Grant Assessment, Management and Reporting: Lessons Learned from The Religion in North Carolina Grant Project." ATLA Summary of Proceedings 68 (2014): 149-159.

Sheppard, BM, and Murrain, S. "The Final Frontier: Hospitality and Events in the Theological Library Context." ATLA Summary of Proceedings 68 (2014): 96-108.

Sheppard, BM. "Resource use patterns in a distance Doctor of Ministry population." Journal of Religious & Theological Information 11.3-4 (July 1, 2012): 138-157.

Sheppard, BM. "Resources for the study of the classical world in the New Testament era." Theological librarianship 5.2 (January 1, 2012). Open Access Copy

Sheppard, BM. "E-Content Our Way: Libraries as Publishers." ATLA Summary of Proceedings 66 (2012): 129-141.

Sheppard, BM. "A good look at the Nook." Theological librarianship 4.1 (January 1, 2011). Open Access Copy

Pages

Sheppard, BM. "Considering the Commentary." The Bible and Interpretation (February 2014). (Essay)

Sheppard, BM. "Primary Level Education and the Making of Biblical Interpreters." The Bible and Interpretation (January 2014). (Essay)

Sheppard, BM. "Naming and Framing New Testament History." The Bible and Interpretation. (Essay)

Turkey: Archaeology and Religious Sites. Archivist. Religious Sites of Turkey Photo Collection (2015)

Abstract

The purpose of this photo collection is to provide images for students, faulty, members of religious groups, and armchair archeologists to use in presentations, reports, and papers. For the most part the images have not been cropped or edited and are thus not “professional grade.” Nonetheless, they should serve the purpose of providing basic illustrations. The bulk of the photos were taken by Duke Divinity School faculty member Dr. Beth M. Sheppard during a research trip in 2014 that was focused on sites of interest for study of the book of Revelation. As a non-professional photographer she used a simple “point and shoot” Samsung with a built-in 10x optical zoom. This initial visit to Turkey was followed by a study tour in 2015 that was co-led by faculty member Dr. Meredith Riedel. The second venture resulted in an expansion of the scope of the collection to include images of interest to those studying Byzantine Christianity as well as a few photographs of Mosques. During the 2015 trip Drs Sheppard and Riedel were accompanied by several Duke students whom they also encouraged to submit photos to further round out the collection. Quite a few shots were contributed by David Blankenberg, Allen Ingram, Sheldon Johnson, and Annette Rodriguez.

Photographs in this collection are made available by a commercial use prohibited, attribution required, share alike, creative commons license (CC BY-NC-ShareAlike).