Biographical Sketch




Joel B. Green (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Provost, Dean of the School of Theology, and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies.

Prior to his appointment at Fuller Seminary in 2007, Dr. Green was Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky (1997-2007), where he also held positions first as Dean of the School of Theology and then as Vice President of Academic Affairs / Provost. He has served on the faculties of the American Baptist Seminary of the West and Graduate Theological Union, and New College Berkeley, Berkeley, California, a graduate school of Christian and interdisciplinary studies for the whole people of God.

Characteristic of Professor Green’s work has been a keen sense of vocation as a “bridge-builder” — especially between the academic study of theology and the larger church and world, and between persons and institutions of dissimilar theological commitments. This commitment is reflected in his record of publications, which includes more than 50 books and scores of essays and reviews — some directed toward the academy, others to pastors and students, and still others to the general church.

Recent books include Conversion in Luke-Acts: Divine Action, Human Cognition, and the People of God (2015), Why Salvation? (2013), The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts (co-editor, 2013), Ears That Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (co-editor
, 2013), Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture (co-editor, 2013), Practicing Theological Interpretation (2011), Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (2008), and Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture (2007).

Seven of Dr. Green’s books have received special recognition:
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed., general editor): 2014 Christian Book Award, Bible Reference, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association; 2014 Readers' Choice Award
  • Common English Bible Study Bible (general editor): 2014 Christian Retailing’s Best Awards, Bibles: Devotional/Study; finalist, 2014 Christian Book Award, Bibles, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association; Preaching Magazine's "The Preacher's Guide to the Best in Bibles & Bible Reference for 2014"
  • Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (general editor): 2012 Reference Book of the Year Award, The Academy of Parish Clergy
  • In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem (co-editor): 2006 Year's Best Book for Preachers, Preaching Magazine
  • Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (co-author): 2002 Book of the Year Award, The Academy of Parish Clergy; finalist, 2002 Gold Medallion Award, Reference Works / Commentaries, Christian Booksellers’ Association
  • The Gospel of Luke: 1998 Top 25 Book Awards, Christianity Today
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (co-editor): 1993 Gold Medallion Award, Reference/Text, Christian Booksellers’ Association; Critics’ ChoiceSecond Place (Reference) and Readers’ ChoiceThird Place, 1993 Book of the Year, Christianity Today
He has written extensively on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, Christian perspectives on personhood, the significance of Jesus’s death, and issues of biblical interpretation.

Professor Green is editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), 
editor of the series Reframing New Testament Theology, and co-editor of the series Studies in Theological Interpretation. He was the founding editor of Journal of Theological Interpretation, and presently serves on the editorial boards of Theology and Science and Science & Christian Belief. He has also served on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies and the Bulletin for Biblical Research.

An active participant in the academy, Dr. Green
chaired the Society of Biblical Literature governing Council from 2003-8, he has provided leadership for a range of Society of Biblical Literature program units, and he has served as president of the southeast region of the Society of Biblical Literature. He served two terms on the board of directors of the Institute for Biblical Research.

Professor Green is concerned with the life and renewal of the church and the extension of its ministry in the world. He recently completed three decades of editing Catalyst, an online newsletter for United Methodist seminarians, pastors, and other Christian leaders. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Green has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland, and California.

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