Gaye Strathearn is a specialist on the New Testament and Christian origins and associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Strathearn grew up in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia. She studied at the University of Queensland and earned a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. She worked as a therapist until 1985 when she went backpacking around the world with a friend. A stop in Israel changed the direction of her life. The Bible became alive for her as she visited the biblical sites. She decided to serve as a missionary and served in the Australia Melbourne Mission.
She returned to Israel in 1987 on a semester abroad with Brigham Young University. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Near Eastern Studies from BYU. She went on to receive her PhD in Religion with a New Testament major from Claremont Graduate University. Her research focuses on the bridal chamber ritual in Gnosticism, the life and teachings of the apostle Paul, and the gospel of Matthew.
She is the author, coauthor, or editor of many volumes, including He Will Give You Rest: An Invitation and a Promise (with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel), The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture: The 39th Annual BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, The Things Which My Father Saw: Approaches to Lehi’s Dream and Nephi’s Vision (with Daniel L. Belnap), The New Testament on Women (with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel), He Will Give You Rest: An Invitation and a Promise (with Richard Neitzel Holzapfel), and Third Nephi: An Incomparable Scripture (with Andrew C. Skinner). She is a contributor to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture and many other journals. She is a popular speaker at BYU Women’s Conference and BYU Education Week. She has taught at the BYU Jerusalem Center.