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PERSONAL


NAME: Ben Witherington III (email Ben)
MARRIED: Ann Elizabeth Sears Witherington
CHILDREN: Christy Ann Witherington
David Benjamin Witherington

EDUCATION

1977-1981 University of Durham, England
Ph.D. awarded 19 December 1981
Theology with New Testament concentration
Advisor: Rev. Prof. C. K. Barrett
Thesis: Women and Their Roles in the Gospels and Acts

1974-1977 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, MA
M. Div. awarded May 1977
Summa cum laude

1970-1974 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
B.A. (English major; Philosophy and Religion minors)
Phi Beta Kappa

AWARDS and HONORS

2001 Named General Editor, New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series

2001 Named to doctoral faculty, Brunel University, London, England

1998 Named to doctoral faculty, St. Andrews University, Scotland
Christianity Today, Best Biblical Studies Book of the Year Award for
The Paul Quest

1996 Elected member of Robinson College, Cambridge, England
Christianity Today, Best Biblical Studies Book of the Year Award
For The Jesus Quest
The Academy of Parish Clergy Award for The Jesus Quest

1992 Elected Bye Fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge University

1989 Elected to the Society for the Study of the New Testament (SNTS)

1982 Ordained Elder, Western North Carolina Conference,
United Methodist Church

1977 Elected John Wesley Fellow
sponsored by A Fund for Theological Education
included three-year full scholarship for doctoral studies

1976-77 Appointed Byington Fellow in New Testament
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, MA

1973 Elected to Phi Beta Kappa


POSITIONS

1995 - Asbury Theology Seminary, Wilmore, KY
Professor of New Testament Interpretation

2004 Vanderbilt Divinity School
Visiting Professor of New Testament

1984-1995 Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH
Professor of Biblical and Wesleyan Studies

1988, 1990, Gordon-Conwell Divinity School, S. Hamilton, MA

1993 Visiting Professor of New Testament

1982-1983 High Point College, High Point, NC
Adjunct Professor of New Testament

1982-1983 The Divinity School, Duke University
Adjunct Professor of Wesleyan Studies

1980-1983 Senior Minister, 4-point charge, Coleridge, NC

1983-1984 Senior Minister, 2-point charge, Hendersonville, NC

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS:

Making a Meal of It. Rethinking out Theology of the Lord's Supper Baylor, out this fall.

The Gospel of Matthew. In press. Macon: Smyth and Helwys. Multimedia production.

Troubled Waters. Rethinking our Theology of Baptism Baylor, 2007

Paul’s Letters to Philemon, the Colossians and the Ephesians.
With Darlene Hyatt. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2007

What Have They Done with Jesus? Harper, 2006

The Gospel of Luke. With A. J. Levine. No date. New Cambridge Bible Commentary.
Edited by Ben Witherington III. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2006

Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary.
No date. Grand
Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2006

Letters and Homilies of the New Testament
. No date.
Volume 1: Pastoral (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) and Johannine Epistles
Volume 2: 1 & 2 Peter, James, Jude, Hebrews
Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
New Testament Theology. 2006. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

The Inner Circle of Jesus, in progress with Harper Collins, maybe out 2006.

The Problem with Evangelical Theology. In press. Waco: Baylor University Press. 2005

The New Testament Story. 2004. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing
Company.

The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and DaVinci
. 2004.
Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

Paul’s Letter to the Romans, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary.
With Darlene Hyatt.
2004. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

The Brother of Jesus. The Dramatic Story and Meaning of the First Archaeological Link
to Jesus & His Family.
With Hershel Shanks. 2003. Updated and expanded edition. San Francisco: Harper Publishing Company.

Revelation. 2003. The New Cambridge Bible Commentary. Ben Witherington III,
General Editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The Poetry of Piety, An Annotated Anthology of Christian Poetry. With Christopher
Mead Armitage. 2002. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.

The Shadow of the Almighty, Father, Son and Spirit in Biblical Perspective. With Laura
M. Ice. 2002. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

New Testament History, A Narrative Account
. 2001. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic/
Carlisle: Paternoster Press.
French Edition, 2003.
Korean & Arabic Edition, 2004

The Gospel of Mark, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. 2001. Grand Rapids: William B.
Eerdmans Publishing Company.

The Realm of the Reign, Reflections on the Dominion of God.
1999. Nashville:
Discipleship Resources.

Jesus the Seer, The Progress of Prophecy. 1999. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers.

The Many Faces of the Christ, The Christologies of the New Testament and Beyond.

1998. New York: The Crossroad Publishing Company.

Grace in Galatia, A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. 1998. Grand
Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company/Edinburgh: T & T Clark.

The Paul Quest, The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus. 1998. Downers Grove:
InterVarsity Press.

The Acts of the Apostles, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. 1998. Grand Rapids:
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company/Carlisle: Paternoster Press.

John’s Wisdom, A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel.
1995. Louisville:
Westminster/John Knox Press.

The Jesus Quest, The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth
. 1995. Downers Grove:
InterVarsity Press.

Conflict and Community in Corinth, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2
Corinthians.
1995. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company/Carlisle: Paternoster Press.

Jesus the Sage, The Pilgrimage of Wisdom. 1994. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press.

Paul’s Narrative Thought World, The Tapestry of Tragedy and Triumph. 1994.
Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press.

Friendship and Finances in Philippi, The Letter of Paul to the Philipppians.
1994.
Valley Forge: Trinity Press International.

Jesus, Paul and the End of the World, A Comparative Study in New Testament
Eschatology.
1992. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press/Exeter: Paternoster Press.

The Christology of Jesus. 1990. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press.

Women and the Genesis of Christianity. 1990. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Women in the Earliest Churches.
1988. Society for New Testament Studies, Monograph
Series 59. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Women in the Ministry of Jesus
. 1984. Society for New Testament Studies, Monograph
Series 51. Cambridge: Cambridge University.


BOOKS IN PRESS / PROGRESS:


The Problem with Evangelical Theology. In press. Waco: Baylor University Press.

The Gospel of Matthew. In press. Macon: Smyth and Helwys. Multimedia production.

The Gospel of Luke.
With A. J. Levine. No date. New Cambridge Bible Commentary.
Edited by Ben Witherington III. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Paul’s Letters to Philemon, the Colossians and the Ephesians.
With Darlene Hyatt. No
date. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Paul’s Letters to the Thessalonians, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary.
No date. Grand
Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Letters and Homilies of the New Testament
. No date.
Volume 1: Pastoral (1 & 2 Timothy, Titus) and Johannine Epistles
Volume 2: 1 & 2 Peter, James, Jude, Hebrews
Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.
New Testament Theology. No date. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press.

The Inner Circle of Jesus, in progress with Harper Collins, maybe out 2006.

BOOK CONTRIBUTIONS:

"Jesus as the Alpha and Omega of New Testament Thought," in Contours of Christology in the New Testament ed. R.N. Longenecker (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), pp. 25-46.

“Neo-Orthodoxy: Tales of The Reluctant Messiah, Or ‘Your Own Personal Jesus,’” in More Matrix and Philosophy, Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded. 2005. William Irwin, editor. Chicago/LaSalle: Open Court Publishing Company. Pp. 165-174.

“Numb Struck: An Evangelical Reflects on Gibson’s Passion,” in Perspectives on The Passion of the Christ. Religious thinkers and writers explore the issues raised by the controversial movie. 2004. Jonathan Burnham, editor. New York: Miramax Books. Pp. 81-94.

“The Season of Easter,” in New Proclamation, Easter Through Pentecost. 2003. Harold
W. Rast, editor. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Pp. 1-54.

“Living in the Reign: The Dominion of God in the Wesleyan Tradition,” in The Wesleyan
Tradition. 2002. Paul Chilcote, editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Pp. 52-65.

“New Creation or New Birth? Conversion in the Johannine and Pauline Literature,” in Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition. 2001. Kenneth Collins and John Tyson, editors. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Pp. 119-42.

“Fourth Quarter: New Life in Christ (June 4-August 27),” in The New International Lesson Annual, September-August, 1999-2000. 1999. Nan Duerling, editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Pp. 368-405.

“The Study of Scripture in Early Methodism,” in How United Methodists Study Scripture. 1999. Gayle C. Felton, editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Pp. 39-66.

“Christ,” in Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments. 1997. Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids, editors. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 152-59.

“Lord,” in Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments. 1997. Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids, editors. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 667-78.

“Editing the Good News: some synoptic lessons for the study of Acts,” in History, Literature and Society in the Book of Acts. 1996. Ben Witherington III, editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp.324-347.

“Preparation Evangelii: The Theological Roots of Wesley’s View of Evangelism,” in Theology and Evangelism in the Wesleyan Heritage. 1994. J. C. Logan, editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press. Pp. 51-80.

“Christ,” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. 1993. Gerald F. Hawthorne, et al., editors. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 95-100.

“Christology,” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. 1993. Gerald F. Hawthorne, et al., editors. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 100-115.

“Lord,” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. 1992. Joel B. Green, et al., editors. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Pp. 484-92.

“Joanna,” in The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Volume 3. 1992. David Noel Freedman, editor. New York: Doubleday. Page 855.

“Mary, 4, 5, 6,” The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Volume 4. 1992. David Noel Freedman, editor. New York: Doubleday. Page 582.

“Women (NT),” in The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Volume 6. 1992. David Noel Freedman, editor. New York: Doubleday. Pp. 957-61.

“A Petrine Source in 2 Peter,” in Society of Biblical Literature 1985 Seminar Papers.
K.H. Richards, editor. Atlanta: Scholars Press. 187-92.

SELECTED ARTICLES / BOOKLETS / RESOURCES

Ashland Theological Journal
“Three Modern Faces of Wisdom,” ATJ 25 (1993), 96-122.
“Elementary My Dear Watson: The Effect of Richard Watson on American Methodism,” ATJ 20 (1988) 29-46.
“Principles for Interpreting the Gospels and Acts,” ATJ 19 (1987), 35-70.

Beliefnet

Bible Q & A

Bible Review
“Joanna, Apostle of the Lord – or Jailbait?” Bible Review 21.2 (2005), pp. 12-14, 46-47
“The Nativity According to Luke,” BR 20:6 (December 2004).
“It’s in the Details,” BR 20:5 (October 2004).
“Let this Cup Pass!” BR 20:4 (August 2004).
“Was Paul a Pro-Slavery Chauvinist?” BR 20:2 (April 2004).
Book Review, The Resurrection of the Son of God,” by N. T. Wright, BR 20:1 (February 2004).
“From Hesed to Agape,” BR 19:6 (December 2003).
“Vision Quest,” BR 19:4 (August 2003).
“The Oracle,” BR 19:4 (August 2003).
“Bringing James Out of the Shadows,” BR 19:3 (June 2003).
“Asking the Right Question,” BR 19:2 (April 2003).
“Rhetorically Writing,” BR 18:6 (December 2002).
“What the Left Behind Series Left Out,” BR 18:4 (August 2002).
“What Gets Lost in Translation,” BR 18:2 (April 2002).
“Laying Down the Law,” BR 15:2 (April 1999).
“Buyer Beware!” BR 13:2 (April 1997).
“Why Not Idol Meat?” BR 10:3 (June 1994).

Biblical Archaeology Society


Publishers of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review.
Christian History “Primary Sources,” CH (1998),
Christianity Today link to http://www.christianitytoday.com
“Why the Lost Gospels Lost Out,” CT 48:6 (June 2004), 26-32.
“Bones of Contention,” CT 47:10 (October 2003),
Other articles are published on line only including . . .
“Top Ten New Testament Archaeological Finds of the Past 150 Years,” Posted 9/23/2003
“Bones of Contention,” Posted 9/22/2003.
“The Gospel, Literally,” A Review of the movie, The Gospel of John, Visual Bible International. Posted 5/10/2004.

Journal of Biblical Literature
“The anti-feminist tendencies of the Western text in Acts,” JBL 103 (1984), 82-84.

New Testament Studies
“The Influence of Galatians on Hebrews,” NTS 37 (1991), 146-52.
“The Waters of Birth: John 3.5 and 1 John 5.6-8,” NTS 35 (1989), 155-160.
“Matthew 5.32 and 19.9 – Exception or Exceptional Situation?” NTS 31:4 (1985), 571-76.
“Rite and Rights for Women – Galatians 3:28,” NTS 27:5 (1980), 593-604.

North Carolina Christian Advocate
“Thoughts on Theology and Texts,” 8-part series, 1983
“Faith and Feelings,” 11-part series, 1983
“The Inklings,” 6-part series, 1981

Quarterly Review
“Troubling the Waters: The New Study on Baptism,” QR 16:1 (1996), 73-78.

Tyndale Bulletin
“Not so idle thoughts about eido¯lothuton,” TynB 44.2 (1993), 237-54.

UM Publishing House
Advent Christmas Study Guide, 1985.
Zeitschrift für Neuentestamentliche Wissenshaft
“On the road with Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Susanna and other disciples: Luke 8.1-3,” ZNW 70:3-4 (1979), 242-48.
Reprinted in A.J. Levine, et al., editors. A Feminist Companion to Luke. Sheffield, Sheffield University Press. 2002.

TELEVISION SPECIALS / VIDEO PRODUCTIONS

2005: Lee Strobel, Faith Under Fire, PAX Network, February 19, 2005.
Debate with Michael Shermer on “The Historical Jesus.”

2004: ABC Special with Peter Jennings: “Jesus and Paul, The Word and the Witness”
CBS Sixty Minutes with Bob Simon: “The Ossuary of James”
CNN Special: “The Two Marys”
FOX Channel, The O’Reilly Factor

2003: Discovery Channel, “James, Son of Joseph, Brother of Jesus”
700 Club Live, April 14, 2003
The Hour of Power with Robert Schuller, April 6, 2003.

2002: The History Channel, “James, Brother of Jesus?”

2001: Disciple Bible Study, “Part IV: Prologue to the Gospel of John.” Video
Production. Nashville: Discipleship Resources.

2000 A&E Channel: “The Historical Paul.”
John Ankerburg Show, “The Historical Jesus.”

TRAVEL / LECTURES

2005 Participated in archaeological tour of Turkey
Presented lecture at The Ephesus Meeting, May 29, 2005
Lectured at Moscow Evangelical Seminary, Russia

2004 Led Alaskan cruise for the Biblical Archaeology Society
Led tour to Egypt and Turkey for Asbury Theological Seminary
Lectured in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide, Australia
Presented paper at SBL Conference, San Antonio, Texas
“Neither Law nor Gospel, but Wisdom: Rethinking the Sermon on the Mount”

2003 American tour to promote The Brother of Jesus for Harper Publishing
Presented papers in conjunction with SBL, Atlanta, Georgia for the
Apologetics Conference and BAR Bible Fest

2002 Led “Journeys of Paul” tour to Greece and Italy

2001 Lectured in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia

2000 Led tour for pastors to Israel and Greece.
Lectured at Moscow Evangelical Seminary
Visited St. Andrews University, Scotland

1999 Led tour to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt for Asbury Theological Seminary
Lectured in Talin, Estonia
Lectured at Moscow Evangelical Seminary
Lectured on a tour of Greece, Turkey and islands in the Aegean
Studied in England (Tyndale House) and Scotland
Presented paper at SNTS Conference, Pretoria, South Africa
“Parables in Luke and Quintilian”
Presented paper at SBL conference, Boston

1998 Attended SBL Conference, Orlando, Florida
Lectured in Sheffield, Oxford, St. Andrews, and Durham, United Kingdom
Attended SNTS Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
Presented Staley Lectures, Wingate College, North Carolina

1997 Attended SBL Conference, San Francisco, California

1996 Led “Lands of the Bible Tour” in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Greece
Studied at Tyndale House, Cambridge, England
Presented paper at SNTS, Strasbourg, France
“Acts 18 and the Edicts of Claudius”
Attended SBL Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

1995 Led tour to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Greece

1993 Presented paper at SNTS Conference, Chicago, Illinois
Presented paper at SBL Conference, Washington, DC

1992 Studied in Tubingen
Toured Greece with Prof. James McCoy of UNC, Chapel Hill

1990 Attended SNTS Conference, Milan, Italy

1989 Presented paper at SBL Conference, Anaheim, California

1988 Attended SNTS Conference, Cambridge, England
Attended SBL Conference, Chicago, Illinois

1987 Led 3-week tour to Holy Land/Egypt for Ashland Theological Seminary

1984 Presented paper at SBL Conference, Chicago, Illinois:
“Pauline Eschatology: Exorcising the Ghost of Albert Schweitzer”

 

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