Vernon K. Robbins papers, 1956-2013

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Robbins, Vernon K. (Vernon Kay), 1939-.
Title: Vernon K. Robbins papers, 1956-2013
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 415
Extent: 28.5 cubic feet (56 boxes)
Abstract:Contains the papers (course work, subject files, publications) of Vernon Robbins, Professor of New Testament at Emory University.
Language:Materials primarily in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Restricted access to separated materials in Box 56 containing student work and grades; restrictions in place until 75 years after the creation date.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.



Custodial History

Directly recieved from Vernon Robbins, 2016.


[after identification of item(s)], Vernon K. Robbins papers, MSS 415, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Brandon Wason and Jordan Mellor, May 2017.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Vernon Kay Robbins was born in Wahoo, Nebraska in 1939. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Westmar College (LeMars, Iowa) in 1960 and received the Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio) in 1963. He pursued further graduate work at the University of Chicago, Divinity School, receiving a Masters of Arts in 1966 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1969, studying under Norman Perrin. Robbins taught religious studies and classics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1968-1984). He then taught religion at Emory University (1984-) where he is currently the Winship Distinguished Research Professor of New Testament and Comparative Sacred Texts in the Humanities. He was also a Fulbright Professor at University of Trondheim, Norway (1983-1984) and Visiting Professor of New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1999-2002).

Robbins’s research has focused on the context of the New Testament writings in antiquity. He has written extensively on the Gospel of Mark and the rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. Robbins has led the development of sociorhetorical interpretation (SRI) and has worked with other scholars in the Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity (RRA) group to advance SRI. He has published over a hundred academic essays and articles, and has written or edited eleven books. In 2003, a festschrift was produced in his honor: Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains documents and course materials from 1956 to 2013 and spanning Robbins's career as a student, professor, and scholar. It includes student notes from undergraduate and graduate course work as well as lecture notes, syllabi, handouts etc. from the courses he taught at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Trondheim Norway and Emory University. The collection contains materials from his academic trips and conferences, subject files on topics related to his research, correspondence with fellow professors and associates, and presentations and writings.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 9 series: (1) Class notes, (2) Conferences and academic trips, (3) Correspondence and associated files, (4) Courses Taught, (5) Presentations, (6) Publications, (7) Subject files, (8) Unpublished Writings, and (9) Restricted Files.

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