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Esau McCaulley

Assistant Professor of New Testament

On Faculty since 2019




The Rev. Esau McCaulley, PhD has served in many professional and cultural contexts throughout his ministerial career and academic career. These include being pastor at All Souls Episcopal/Anglican Church in Okinawa, Japan, assistant to the pastor, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, VA, and assisting priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in St. Andrews, Scotland. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St Andrews where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focuses on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and the pursuit of justice.

His doctoral dissertation, called Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance, was published by T & T Clark. Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance focused on the role Jewish messianism played in Paul’s argument that Jesus has made believers heirs in the Messiah to the Abrahamic promises in Galatians. His second book under contract with Intervarsity Academic press looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that the Bible rightly understood and read from a decidedly black perspective can speak a word of hope to African Americans in the United States. He is also the general editor of a forthcoming multiethnic commentary called the New Testament in Color. It gathers a diverse group of scholars committed to the great tradition who can address the relevance of biblical texts to their communities. Alongside these more academic works, he also writes popular pieces for numerous outlets including Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and  The Witness: A Black Christian Collective.

Fr. McCaulley is also the director of Next Generation Leadership for the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) a province wide initiative committed to raising up and training the next generation of Anglican clergy and lay leadership. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and a navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.

Ph.D.       New Testament, University of St. Andrews, 2017

S.T.M.      Nashotah House Theological Seminary, 2012

M. DIV.    Gordon-Conwell Theology Seminary, 2005

B.A.         History, University of the South, 2002

  • Pauline Exegesis and Theology, especially Galatians, Ephesians, and Romans
  • African American Biblical Interpretation
  • Second Temple Jewish and early Christian Messianism
  • Intertexuality
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute of Biblical Research

Luke, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary, and Black Reconciliation with God
Logos Conference University of St Andrews June, 2019

Towards a New Testament Theology of Policing: Rom 13:4, Luke 3:14, and the Hopes of Black Christians
IBR UnScripted Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference Denver, Colorado November 2018

Gal 4:3–7: The Covenant Curses and the Elements of the Earth
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference Denver, Colorado November 2018

The Inheritance of the Servant and the Son: on the Use of Isaiah 53:12 LXX in Galatians 1:4
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference San Antonio, Texas November 2016

Who Will Inherit the Land? Galatians 3:26-29 and Paul's Interpretation of Jewish Inheritance Law
Evangelical Theological Society Annual Conference  Atlanta, Georgia November 2015

The Curse, the Cross, and the Cleansing of the Land: Paul’s use of Scripture in Galatians 3:10–14
British New Testament Conference Edinburgh, Scotland September 2015

“Thurman among Modern Jesus Scholars: Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited in Conversation with Jens Schröter and Dale Allison” Journal For The Study Of The Historical Jesus 17 (2019) 1-14

Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance: Davidic Messianism and Paul’s Worldwide Interpretation of the Abrahamic Land Promise in Galatians Library of New Testament Studies, T & T Clark (2019).