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M. Daniel Carroll R (Rodas), Ph.D.

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament

On Faculty since 2016
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Dr. Carroll is half-Guatemalan and was raised bilingual and bicultural. In his youth, he spent many summers in Guatemala and later taught at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City for thirteen years. The realities of Central America sparked Dr. Carroll's fascination with the Old Testament. The relevance of the biblical text for the challenges of poverty, war, and politics in those developing countries led him to a passionate focus on Old Testament social ethics and the social sciences.

In addition, his studies in English literature and literary theory have generated an ongoing engagement with literary approaches to the Old Testament and critical studies. Experiences in this country and abroad have led him to a deep appreciation for the unique contributions that ethnic minorities, women, and the global church make to the interpretation of the Old Testament. Before coming to Wheaton, Dr. Carroll taught Old Testament at Denver Seminary for many years and founded a Spanish-language lay training program there. At Wheaton, he hopes to model a commitment to connecting careful biblical scholarship with the mission of the church as it engages today’s complex realities. Dr. Carroll has been involved in Hispanic churches and teaching on the Bible and immigration for many years. His research focuses on the prophetic literature and Old Testament social ethics. He has just completed a major commentary on the book of Amos.

University of Sheffield
Ph.D., Old Testament, 1990

Dallas Theological Seminary
Th.M., Old Testament, 1980

Rice University
B.A., English Literature, 1975

  • Minority and Majority World Approaches 
  • Old Testament Studies, in particular the prophetic literature and narrative approaches
  • Old Testament Social Ethics

Immigration and the Bible

The Table Podcast

"Welcome to The Table. We discuss issues of God and culture. I'm Darrell Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement at Dallas Theological Seminary, and our topic today is "The Biblical Background to a Discussion on Immigration." And my guest is Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, Daniel Carroll-Rodas, who is a long-time, life-long friend, and also an expert in Old Testament ethics. And he's done a book called Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible. And he writes it from a perspective that – well, I'll let him tell you about it."

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  • Theological foundations and themes in Old Testament social ethics
  • Old Testament theology and exegesis from ethnic minority (especially Hispanic) and Majority World perspectives
  • Literary-theological approaches to Old Testament texts
  • Biblical-theological approaches to ancient and contemporary migration and diaspora
  • Themes in Old Testament biblical theology, including the mission of God, theodicy, history, and worship
  • BITH 449/639 New Voices in Old Testament Studies
  • BITH 635 Hebrew Exegesis (1 & 2 Samuel, Amos)
  • BITH 638 Old Testament Theology
  • BITH 882 Old Testament Social Ethics
Amos, New International Commentary on the Old Testament, M. Daniel Carroll R., forthcoming.
 
Amós In Comentario Bíblico Contextual, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2018.
 
Latino/Latina Biblical InterpretationScripture and its Interpretation: An Ecumenical, Global Introduction to the Bible,
M. Daniel Carroll R., 2017.
 
The Bible and Hispanic ImmigrationThe Hispanic Evangelical Church in the United States: History, Ministry and Challenges, 
M. Daniel Carroll R., 2016.
 
Diaspora and Mission in the Old TestamentScattered and Gathered: A Global Compendium of Diaspora Missiology, 
M. DanielCarroll R., 2016.
 
I will send fire: Reflections on the Violence of God in AmosWrestling with the Violence of God: Soundings in the Old Testament, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2015.
 
Once a Stranger, Always a Stranger? Immigration, Assimilation, and the Book of RuthInternational Bulletin of Missionary Research, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2015.
 
AmosFortress Commentary on the Bible, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2014.
 
Welcoming the Stranger: Toward a Theology of Immigration in DeuteronomyFor Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy in Honor of Daniel I. Block, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2013.
 
Ethics and Old Testament InterpretationHearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address, M. Daniel Carroll R., 2012.