New Testament Faculty

The study of the New Testament at Baylor University is one of the most established programs in the department. From the professorship of Dr. Gaventa (a former president of the Society of Biblical Literature) to the pedagogical acumen of Dr. Longenecker, the department encourages lively discussion of New Testament texts, the cultures of their origin, and their theological use as scripture. The area is committed to scholarship on the sources of the Greco-Roman world, not simply synthesizing the wealth of secondary scholarship. For example, in 2017-18 New Testament students and faculty will engage a semester-long discussion of Greco-Roman novels as they inform the study of early Christianity and its texts. This collegiality and discussion propels students and faculty alike to learn together as a cohort of scholars. Area faculty, who are committed to preparing students to teach the breadth of New Testament and apostolic-era literature in colleges and universities, include Drs. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Kelly Iverson, Bruce Longenecker, Lidija Novakovic, and Mikeal Parsons.
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Dr. Gaventa's research interests include interpretation of the letters of Paul, literary analysis of Luke-Acts, and feminist biblical interpretation.
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Kelly Iverson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Iverson's research focuses on the dynamics of biblical interpretation, in particular how the oral cultures that produced the Jesus tradition impacted the transmission and reception of the gospels.
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Bruce Longenecker, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair
Dr. Longenecker's research interests include Jews and Christians in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Christianity and poverty, contemporary novels of Jesus and his followers, and the life and literature of Rolf Gompertz.
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Lidija Novakovic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Novakovic focuses her research on the Gospels of Matthew and John, early Jewish and Christian hermeneutics, early Christology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish writings from the Second Temple period; and resurrection belief in Judaism and Christianity.
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Mikeal Parsons, Ph.D.
Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Professor and Macon Chair in Religion
Dr. Parsons' expertise includes the New Testament Gospels and Acts, ancient rhetoric, and literary criticism.
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New Testament Affiliated Faculty

Baylor University has a wealth of resources among its faculty across many disciplines. Featured below are Affiliated Faculty members from other departments and schools who have served as outside readers on our dissertations. We invite you to click on the names of these Affiliated Faculty to learn more about their area of expertise.

Dr. Andrew Arterbury - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: Focus on the New Testament books of Luke, Acts, and John.

Dr. Kimlyn Bender - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: 19th and 20th century theology with a particular specialty in the theology of Karl Barth, though his publications extend to include work in ethics and philosophy in addition to historical and systematic theology.

Dr. Meghan DiLuzio - Classics Department; Area of Research: Roman history, religion, and women in antiquity.

Dr. Jeffrey Fish - Classics Department; Area of Research: Papyrology; Ancient Homeric scholarship; Ancient literary criticism; and Epicureanism.

Dr. David Garland - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: New Testament Studies and New Testament Gospels.

Dr. Heidi J. Hornik - Art Department; Area of Research: Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art History.

Dr. David Lyle Jeffrey - Great Texts Program; Area of Research: Chaucer, Medieval Literature, and the Bible as Literature.

Dr. Kenneth Jones - Classics & History Departments; Area of Research: Ancient History; Roman Near East; and ancient perceptions of the Roman Empire.

Dr. Carey Newman - Baylor University; Area of Research: Paul; Early Christology; Second Temple Jewish Visionary Literature; The Catholic Letters; the Canon; and the Apostolic Fathers.

Dr. Anne-Marie Schultz - Philosophy Department; Area of Research: Greek Philosophy; Interdisciplinary Humanities; Pedagogy; and Augustine.

Dr. Alden Smith - Classics Department; Area of Research: Virgil and Ovid; Hellenistic and Roman art; and cultural presence of Rome from the Renaissance to the present.

Dr. Todd Still - Truett Seminary; Area of Research: New Testament Studies and Paul.

Dr. Jason Whitlark - Honors College; Area of Research: Letter to the Hebrews; Imperial Rome; Ancient Rhetoric; and New Testament Soteriology and Christology.