Adela Yarbro Collins

Adela Yarbro Collins is an American author and academic, who has served as the Buckingham Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale Divinity School. Her research focuses on the New Testament, especially the Gospel of Mark and the Book of Revelation, and she has also written on early Christian apocalypticism and eschatology. Collins has also served as the President of the Society of New Testament Studies and as the President of the New England Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.


Born in 1945, Collins received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College, and her Master and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. In addition to her current position at Yale, Collins also held appointments at the University of Notre Dame from 1985–91 and at the University of Chicago from 1991–2000.
In 2010, a Festschrift was published in her honor: Women and Gender in Ancient Religions.

Personal life

Collins is married to John J. Collins, who has served as the Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation also at Yale Divinity School since 2000. The two co-authored King and Messiah as Son of God.

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