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Wheaton Theology Conference Speakers

Theology Conference Speakers

Here is the line-up of speakers for the 2019 Wheaton College Theology Conference

RutledgeFleming Rutledge

Author, Theologian, Episcopal Priest 

Fleming Rutledge is an Episcopal priest, author, theologian, and preacher with an international teaching and preaching ministry. Her work ranges from biblical engagements with culture, politics, and literature to preaching from the Old Testament. Her recent works on the person and work of Christ include The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ (Eerdmans, 2015) (winner of Christianity Today’s 2017 Book of the Year award) and Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Jesus Christ (Eerdmans, 2018)

BockDarrell Bock

Dallas Theological Seminary 

Darrel Bock is the Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Of his more than 40 books, his work on the historical Jesus and the gospels’ accounts of Jesus are especially pertinent to the conference. His recently published works on the topic include Jesus the God-Man: The Unity and Diversity of the Gospel Portrayals (Baker Academic, 2016) and a second edition of Jesus According to Scripture: Restoring the Portrait from the Gospels (Baker Academic, 2017).

CohickLynn Cohick

Denver Seminary 

Lynn Cohick is the Provost and Dean of Denver Seminary. Her research focuses primarily on Pauline studies and early Christianity. In addition to various commentaries on Pauline epistles, she has published on the role and influence of women in the early church. For example, her publications include Women in the World of the Earliest Christians (Baker Academic, 2009) and Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries (Baker Academic, 2017).


DaleyBrian E. Daley, S.J.

University of Notre Dame 

Brian Daley is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a Jesuit priest. As a historical theologian, he specializes in the development of doctrine in the Church Fathers, especially after Nicaea. His work on the Christology, Trinitarian theology and eschatology of the early church has been widely influential. Notably, his most recent volume is God Visible: Patristic Christology Reconsidered (Oxford University Press, 2018).


Dana Harris

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dana M. Harris is an Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the editor of Trinity Journal. Her research interests include the Epistle to the Hebrews, the Book of Revelation, and the historical backgrounds of the New Testament. She has contributed to the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 2012), is completing the volume on Hebrews in Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series (B&H Academic, forthcoming), and is working on a Commentary and an Introduction to Revelation (Kregal and Baker Academic, respectively; both forthcoming).  

JensenRobin Jensen

University of Notre Dame 

Robin M. Jensen is the Patrick O’Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Jensen’s research focuses on theology, liturgy, and art history. She looks especially at the way art and architecture convey theological ideas and affect liturgical practices. Among her various works are treatments of artistic portrayals of Christ and the cross throughout the history of the church, including Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2004) and The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy (Harvard University Press, 2017).

MccaulleyEsau McCaulley

Northeastern Seminary 

Esau McCaulley is an Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Northeastern Seminary and the executive director of the Anglican Multi-ethnic Network (A.M.E.N)—helping Anglican churches reflect the diversity of their communities and planting multi-ethnic churches. His research focuses on the Pauline epistles, Paul’s use of the Old Testament, and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and justice. His monograph on Christ as the Davidic Messiah and Paul’s interpretation of the Abrahamic land promise in Galatians is forthcoming with T&T Clark.

McknightScot McKnight

Northern Seminary 

Scot McKnight is the Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary and well-known blogger. He is known for his academic and popular-level publications on Paul, the historical Jesus, the Christian life, and Christianity and science. In addition to recent commentaries on Pauline epistles, of particular note for this conference, he has written The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004) and The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011).

KalantzisGeorge Kalantzis

Wheaton College 

George Kalantzis is Professor of Theology and Director of the Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies at Wheaton College. His publications focus largely on the early church, including his books Caesar and the Lamb: Early Christian Attitudes on War and Military Service (Wipf & Stock, 2012) and Theodore of Mopsuestia: Commentary on the Gospel of John (St. Paul’s, 2004). He has also coedited several volumes for IVP Academic on Spiritual formation (2010), Politics (2014), and the sacraments (2018).


David Hooker

Wheaton College 

David Hooker is Professor of Art and Department Chair in the Art Department at Wheaton College. David has immersed his life in ceramic sculpture and the fine arts: as an artist, teacher, curator, exhibition designer, and art school director. His artistic practice explores the inherent value of materials, objects, and places, hoping to find ways to better connect and understand the world we live in.


David Capes

Wheaton College 

David Capes is the Associate Dean of Biblical & Theological Studies and Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College. His research focuses on Paul, Christology, and intertextuality. His recent publications on Jesus in the New Testament include the Divine Christ: Paul, the Lord Jesus, and the Scriptures of Israel (Baker Academic, 2018) and a coauthored volume entitled Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ (IVP Academic, 2015).


Milton Acosta Benítez

Fundación Universitaria Seminario Biblico de Columbia

Milton Acosta Benítez is a Professor of Old Testament and coordinator of the Theology and Forced Displacement Project at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia. Acosta’s research interest centers around Old Testament theology, ethnicity and the people of God, poverty in Scripture, and the books of Judges, Hosea, and 1 & 2 Kings. His recent publications include a monograph on Hosea and social and economic corruption (El mensaje del profeta Oseas. Una teología práctica para combatir la corrupción [Puma, 2018]) and a theology of displacement (Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano: Violencia, Desplazamiento y Fe [Puertas Abiertas, 2016]).


Christopher M. Hays

Fundación Universitaria Seminario Biblico de Columbia

Christopher M. Hays is a Professor of New Testament at Fundación Universitaria Seminario Bíblico de Colombia. His research interests include the Gospel of Luke, wealth ethics, missions, and historical criticism. He works especially at the intersection of the Gospel of Luke and economics. Among his recent publication is a book on the delay of the return of Christ (When the Son of Man Didn’t Come [Fortress, 2017]) and on the gospel of Luke and wealth (Renouncing Everything: Money and Discipleship in Luke([Paulist, 2016]).

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