Associate Dean, Biblical & Theological Studies, and Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2013
Office: BGC 513
B.B.A., New Mexico State University, 1982
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1986
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1995
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Academy of Religion
- American Historical Association
- American Society of Church History
- Evangelical Theological Society
- North American Patristics Society
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Southwest Seminar on the Development of Early Catholic Christianity
- Current President, Southwest Region, SBL
- Section Chair, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Christianity Section, SBL International
- Section Chair, History of Interpretation Section, SBL
- Member of Advisory Council, Pro Ecclesia
- Past President, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies
- Former Member-at-Large and Former Nomination Committee Chair, NAPS
- Former Director, SSDECC
- History of the Reception of the Bible
- History of Biblical Interpretation
- Patristic Theology
- Second-Century Christianity
General Editor: Monograph Series, The Bible in Ancient Christianity, E. J. Brill (Leiden)
Consulting Editor: Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, rev. ed. W. A. Elwell and D. J. Treier (Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming)
Irenaeus’ Use of Matthew’s Gospel in Adversus Haereses, Traditio Exegetica Graeca, no. 7 (Leuven: Peeters, 1998).
Pocket History of the Church (Downers Grove: IVP, 2002); also in Korean and Russian editions, 2006).
The Routledge Companion to Early Christian Thought, editor (London: Routledge, 2010).
“Departure and Return: Christians and Jerusalem in the Second Century,” in Wielding a Two-Edged Sword, ed. S. Graham and R. Seesengood (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, forthcoming).
“Irenaeus and Hebrews,” in Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy, ed. P. Foster and S. Parvis (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2012). 65-80.
With C. Graham, “History of Interpretation,” Henoch 34 (2012):193-94.
“Irenaeus and Hebrews,” in Christology and Hermeneutics of Hebrews. Profiles from the History of Interpretation, LNTS, ed. J. Laansma and D. Treier (New York/London: T&T Clark, 2012), 48-73.
With B. R. Todd, “Irenaeus’s Text of the Gospels in Adversus haereses,” in The Early Text of the New Testament, ed. C. E. Hill and M. J. Kruger. (Oxford: Oxford University, 2012), 370-92.
“Evangelicals and the Rule of Faith: Irenaeus on Rome and Reading Christianly,” in Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal, ed. G. Kalantzis and A. Tooley (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011), 159-86.
“Less Doctrinaire? Evangelical Theological Education at the Crossroads,” Patheos.com (3 November 2011).
“The Bishop in the Mirror: Scripture and Irenaeus's Self-Understanding in Adversus Haereses Book One,” in Tradition and the Rule of Faith in the Early Church, ed. R. J. Rombs and A. Y. Hwang (Washington, DC: Catholic University, 2010), 48-67.
“Irenaeus of Lyons,” in The Routledge Companion to Early Christian Thought, ed. D. J. Bingham (London: Routledge, 2010), 137-53.
“Scripture as Apology in Athenagoras of Athens,” Studia Patristica 45 (2010): 425-31.
“The Apocalypse, Christ, and the Martyrs of Gaul,” in The Shadow of the Incarnation: Essays on Jesus Christ in the Early Church in Honor of Brian E. Daley, S. J., ed. P. Martens (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame, 2008), 11-28.
With C. Graham, “Amos,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, ed. H. –J. Klauck et al. (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2008).
With S. O. Presley, “Jews and Judaism in Early Christian Interpretation,” Henoch 30 (2008): 203.
“Aristides,” “Aristo of Pella,” “Arnobius of Sicca,” “Athenagoras,” “Justin Martyr,” “Minucius Felix,” “Tatian,” “Theophilus of Antioch,” in The Westminster Dictionary of Church History, vol. 1, ed. R. Benedeto (Louisville: WJKP, 2008).
“Christianizing Divine Aseity: Irenaeus Reads John,” in, The Gospel of John and Christian Theology, ed. R. Bauckham and C. Mosser (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008), 53-67.
“One God, One Christ, One Salvation,” Christian History, 96 (2007): 18-21.
With C. Graham, “Eusebius of Caesarea” in Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, ed. D. K. McKim (Downers Grove: IVP, 2007).
“Irenaeus on Gnostic Biblical Interpretation,” Studia Patristica, 40 (2006): 367-79.
“Irenaeus’s Reading of Romans 8: Resurrection and Renovation,” in Early Patristic Readings of Romans, ed. L. L. Welborn and K. Gaca (London: T & T Clark, 2005): 114-32.
“Himself within Himself: The Father and His Hands in Early Christianity,” Southwestern Journal of Theology, 47 (2005): 137-51.
With David Balas, “Patristic Exegesis of the Books of the Bible,” in C. Kannengiesser, Handbook of Patristic Exegesis (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2004), 1: 271-373.
“Eucharist and Incarnation: The Second Century and Luther,” in Rediscovering the Eucharist, ed. R. Kereszty (New York: Paulist, 2003), 116-41.
“Evangelicals, Irenaeus, and the Bible,” in The Free Church and the Early Church, ed. D. Williams (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002), 27-46).
“Irenaeus’s Reading of Romans 8,” Society of Biblical Literature 2001 Seminar Papers (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001), 131–50.
“The Practice of Prayer in Early and Medieval Monasticism,” Bibliotheca Sacra 158 (2001): 104-15.
“Knowledge and Love in Irenaeus of Lyons,” Studia Patristica 36 (2001): 184-99.
“Hope in Irenaeus of Lyons,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 76 (2000): 265-82.
“Justin and Isaiah 53,” Vigiliae Christianae 54 (2000): 246–61.
“Response to Robert L. Wilken,” in Anti-Judaism and the Gospels, ed. W. R. Farmer (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 1999), 209–15.
With David Balas, “Patristic Exegesis of the Books of the Bible”, in International Bible Commentary, ed. W. R. Farmer (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1998), 64–115.
“Gabriel;” “Michael;” “Pilate, Pontius;” “Raphael” in Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, 2d. ed., ed. E. Ferguson, Garland, 1997.