Michael Penn (author)

Michael Penn is the Teresa Hihn Moore Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University,[1] and formerly taught at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.[2]

His writings include the book Kissing Christians: Ritual, Community, and the Late Ancient Church (ISBN 978-0812238808).[3] He received a Guggenheim Fellowship and other grants for studies of the Syriac Christians and their relationship to Islam.[4] He was quoted in USA Today regarding the veracity of the Gospel of Judas.[5]

Penn's courses at Mount Holyoke included "What Didn't Make It into the Bible"[2] and "Sex and the Early Church". Penn studied molecular biology and was a debater at Princeton University, then received his Ph.D. from Duke University.[1] He attended Pinewood High School in California, from which he graduated in 1989.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Michael Penn | Religious Studies". religiousstudies.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Penn". Mount Holyoke College. 2015-03-04. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  3. ^ Bethany Pledge, "Kiss and Tell the Gospel: Michael Penn explains what the early church meant by the "holy kiss." Christianity Today, March 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Rich Barlow, "Christian-Muslim history not all hostile", The Boston Globe, June 9, 2007 (pay site), reprint Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine available at Islam Daily.
  5. ^ Dan Vergano and Cathy Lynn Grossman, "Long-lost gospel of Judas recasts 'traitor'", USA Today, April 6, 2006.
  6. ^ "Pinewood School Online Community". 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2018-09-30.

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