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Bruce W. Longenecker

Bruce Longenecker

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Department of Religion
Baylor University
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Waco, TX 76798-7284

Office: Tidwell 405

Phone: (254) 710-1574
FAX: (254) 710-3740


Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair


  • Ph.D. in Theology; University of Durham, England (1986-90).
  • M.Rel. in New Testament Studies;Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (1983-86)
  • B.A. in Biblical and Religious Studies; Wheaton College, Illinois, U.S.A. (1979-83)


Dr. Longenecker joined the Baylor faculty in August 2009, having taught previously at St Andrews University (Scotland, 1999-2009), Cambridge University (England, 1995-1999) and Durham University (England, 1991-1995). He is married (above his station) to Fiona Bond, who has worked extensively in Britain in the charitable sector. They have two sons who joyously distract them from their work.

Academic Interests and Research:

Jews and Christians in Pompeii and Herculaneum; Christianity and poverty; contemporary novels of Jesus and his followers; the life and literature of Rolf Gompertz

Professional Awards and Activities:

Treasurer, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2003-2008)

Member of Editorial Board, Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2002-present)

Member, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (1998-present)


2012 Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gaps - Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective. Eugene: Cascade.

2010 Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and The Greco-Roman World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2009 Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception Bruce W. Longenecker and Kelly Liebengood, eds. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).

2005 Rhetoric at the Boundaries: The Art and Theology of New Testament Chain-Link Transitions Waco: Baylor University Press.

2004 The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins: Festschrift in Honor of James D.G. Dunn. Graham W. Stanton, Bruce W. Longenecker, and Stephen C. Barton, eds.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2003 The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.

2002 Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment. Bruce W. Longenecker, ed.; Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

2002 Luke, Paul, and the Graeco-Roman World: Essays in Honour of Alexander J.M. Wedderburn. Alf Christopherson, Carsten Clausen, Jörg Frey, and Bruce W. Longenecker, eds.; London: Sheffield Academic Press.

1998 The Triumph of Abraham's God: The Transformation of Identity in Galatians. Edinburgh: T&T Clark; Nashville: Abingdon.

1995 2 Esdras. Guides to Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

1991 Eschatology and the Covenant: A Comparison of 4 Ezra and Romans 1-11. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press.

Selected Articles since 2002:

2011 "Paul's Assessment of Christian Freedom," in the Freedom volume of Christian Reflection: A Series of Faith and Ethics, 19-27.

2010 "Dating the Origin of Paul's Collection for the Saints in Judaea: The Corinthian Contribution." Pp. 263-277 in Saint Paul and Corinth: International Scholarly Conference Proceedings. C.J. Belezos (ed.); Athens: Psichogios Publications.

2009 ‘Socio-Economic Profiling of the First Urban Christians,' in Todd Still and David Horrell (eds.), After The First Urban Christians: The Socio-Historical Study of Pauline Christianity Twenty-Five Years Later (London/New York: Continuum).

2009 "The ‘poor' of Galatians 2:10: The Interpretative Paradigm of the First Centuries." Pp. 205-221 in Bruce W. Longenecker and Kelly Liebengood (eds.), Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2009 "The Story of the Samaritan and the Inn-Keeper (Luke 10:30-35): A Study in Character Rehabilitation," Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 17.4: 422-47.

2009 "Exposing the Economic Middle: A Revised Economy Scale for the Study of Early Urban Christianity," Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31: 243-78.

2008 "A Humorous Jesus? Orality, Structure and Characterisation in Luke 14:15-24, and Beyond," Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 16: 179-204.

2007 "Good News to the Poor: Jesus, Paul and Jerusalem." Pp. 37-65 in Todd Still (ed.), Jesus and Paul Reconnected: Fresh Pathways to an Old Debate. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2007 "On Israel's God and God's Israel: Assessing Supersessionism in Paul," Journal of Theological Studies 58: 26-44.

2005 "On Critiquing the ‘New Perspective' on Paul: A Case Study," ZNW 96: 263-71.

2004 "Rome's Victory and God's Honour: The Spirit and the Temple in Lukan Theodicy." Pp. 90-102 in G.N. Stanton, B.W. Longenecker, and S. C. Barton (eds), The Holy Spirit and Christian Origins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2004 "Rome, Provincial Cities and the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3." Pp. 281-291 in P. Williams et al. (eds.), The New Testament in Its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

2004 "Lukan Aversion to Humps and Hollows: The Case of Acts 11.27-12.25," New Testament Studies 50: 185-204.

2003 "Evil at Odds with Itself (Matt. 12:22-29): Demonising Rhetoric and Deconstructive Potential in the Matthean Narrative," Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 3 & 4 (double issue): 503-14.

2002 "The Narrative Approach to Paul: An Early Retrospective," Currents in Biblical Research 1: 88-111.

2002 "Narrative Interest in the Study of Paul: Retrospective and Prospective." Pp. 3-16 in Bruce W. Longenecker (ed.), Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.

2002 "Sharing in Their Spiritual Blessings? The Story of Israel in Galatians and Romans." Pp. 58-84 in Bruce W. Longenecker (ed.), Narrative Dynamics in Paul: A Critical Assessment. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press.


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