Gaye Strathearn was born and raised in Australia. She participated in the Jerusalem Study Abroad in Fall 1987 and came to Brigham Young University as a student in 1989, where she earned a BA and MA in Near Eastern Studies. She received a PhD in New Testament at the Claremont Graduate University. Her areas of expertise are New Testament and Christian Origins. Her areas of research are the bridal chamber ritual in Gnosticism, the life and teachings of Paul, and the gospel of Matthew. She is currently teaching at the BYU Jerusalem Center.