Beth M Sheppard

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
(919) 660-3452


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