Dr. Richard A. Taylor

Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies, Director of the Ph.D. Program B.A.,


Dallas Theological Seminary

Bob Jones University, 1966; M.A., 1968; Ph.D., 1973; M.A., Catholic University of America, 1985; Ph.D., 1990.

Dr. Taylor has accumulated more than 30 years of graduate-level teaching experience and maintains his academic sharpness through active memberships in a dozen professional societies and groups. Dr. Taylor’s specialties include Aramaic studies and Syriac literature. His travels have taken him throughout Central America, Europe, the Near East, Canada, and India. His wife is a Christian school administrator, his daughter is a public-school teacher, and his son is a Ph.D. student in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Buist Fanning III

Department Chair and Senior Professor of New Testament Studies

Dallas Theological Seminary

B.A., College of Charleston, 1970; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1974; D.Phil., Oxford University, 1987.

Phone:214-841-3716

Buist Fanning has taught at Dallas Theological Seminary for more than 35 years, while serving also in various leadership positions at his local church and in teaching Christian workers in 10 foreign countries. His passion is to know God and make Him known around the world and to see people transformed by the message of the Bible. His major teaching duties and research interests are New Testament Greek syntax and discourse analysis; New Testament criticism and backgrounds; and exegesis and theology of Romans, Pastoral Epistles, Hebrews, James, Peter, Jude, and Revelation.

Randy Richard’s Bio

Richards, Randy Dean Professor of Biblical Studies

B.S., Texas Wesleyan College; M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

While in graduate studies, Dr. Randy Richards served as a campus ministries director from 1983-1988, and as faculty of a state university from 1986-1988. Upon completing his Ph.D. in 1988, Dr. Richards, his wife, Stacia, and their two young sons were appointed as missionaries to a remote island in east Indonesia, where he served as a faculty member and consultant at an Indonesian seminary from 1988-1996.

In 1996, Dr. Richards was invited to join the faculty of Williams Baptist College where he served as the chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy. In 1999, he joined Ouachita Baptist University as the chair of the Department of Missions. In 2006, he was invited to Palm Beach Atlantic University as the dean of the School of Ministry. Dr. Richards has written two major monographs: *The Secretary in the Letters of Paul*, and *Paul and First Century Letter Writing*; he has co-authored *The Story of Israel: a Biblical Theology *and *Rediscovering Paul: an Introduction to His Life and Work, *and has published dozens of articles. His most recent projects include *(Mis)Reading Scripture with Western Eyes*(with Brandon O’Brien), “Reading, Writing, and the Production and Transmission of Manuscripts” in *The Background of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity,* “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up? The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing” in *Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics,* “Pauline Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Convention” in *Christian Origins and Classical Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament,*“(Mis)Reading Paul’s Letters through Western Eyes” in *Paul as Missionary: His Identity, Activity, Theology and Practice, *and “Flattery, Favors and Obligations: Patrons and Clients in Greco-Roman Culture,” in *The Biblical Illustrator*. Dr. Richards is also preparing various articles for *The Baker Handbook for the Bible *and *The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.* Dr. Richards is the teaching pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach; he conducts missionary training workshops and regularly leads student academic and mission trips.

Randy and Stacia have two sons: Josh (Ph.D., St. Andrews) is a half-time faculty member in the MacArthur School of Leadership, and Jacob is working on a Ph.D. in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.

Contact Information Phone: (561) 803-2543 Email: RANDY_RICHARDS@pba.edu Office: Okeechobee Hall Schools: Ministry Campus: West Palm Beach

Dr. Dan Fredericks

Senior Vice President and Provost
Belhaven University
1983

Dr. Terry Wilder

Professor and Wesley Harrison Chair of New Testament; Editor, Southwestern Journal of Theology

Dr. Terry Wilder is a prolific contributor of papers to theological conferences and has written several articles and authored, coauthored, or edited a number of books including *Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7* (B&H Academic, 2011), *Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles*(B&H Academic, 2010), *The Lost Sermons of Scottish Baptist, Peter Grant: The Highland Herald* (BorderStone, 2010), and *Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews through Revelation* (B&H Academic, 2007). His doctoral thesis, completed under the supervision of I. Howard Marshall and Brian Rosner, was revised and published as *Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception: An Inquiry into Intention and Reception* (University Press of America, 2004). Wilder is currently working on several volumes, including a second edition of his dissertation, Ephesians in the New American Commentary series, a NT theology, and a book defending biblical authority. He is passionate about the biblical languages, NT backgrounds, hermeneutics, biblical theology, and expository preaching.

An active churchman, he firmly believes that biblical scholarship should not be divorced from local church ministry. He often preaches and teaches in churches, leads mission trips, and speaks on ethical issues. Prior to coming to Southwestern, Wilder served for three years as Academic Acquisitions Editor for B&H Publishing Group in Nashville, Tennessee and taught NT and Greek for 13 years at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his wife Denise have two sons, Ian and Aaron. * Education* – Ph.D., New Testament Exegesis and Interpretation, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1998 – M.Div. with Biblical Languages, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1990 – M.A., Biblical Studies, Dallas Baptist University, 1988 – B.A., Religion, *magna cum laude*, Dallas Baptist University, 1986 – Additional study: New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2004 *Teaching Experience* – Professor of New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2010–present) – Research Professor of New Testament and Greek, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2007–2010) – Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2001–2007) – Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1998–2001) – Visiting Professor of New Testament and Greek, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1997–1998) – Teaching Fellow, New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1996–1997) – Adjunct Professor, New Testament, Dallas Baptist University (1996) – Adjunct Professor, New Testament, Criswell College (1996) – Part-time Tutor, New Testament, King’s College,
Grant R. Osborne, Mark A. Seifrid, and Chad O. Brand. B&H Academic, 2011. – *Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles. *Ed. with Andreas J. Köstenberger. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. – *The Lost Sermons of Scottish Baptist Peter Grant: The Highland Herald*. Memphis: BorderStone Press, 2010. – *Faithful to the End: An Introduction to Hebrews through Revelation*. With J. Daryl Charles, and Kendell Easley. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2007. – *Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception: An Inquiry into Intention and Reception*. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2004. – *Articles:* – “The Center of a Christian Worldview,” *Oklahoma Baptist Messenger* (May 22, 2012). Also online at http://baptistmessenger.com/the-center-of-a-christian-worldview. – “Are There Forgeries in the New Testament?” *Areopagus Journal*(Summer 2012): 34-39. – “Gain and Loss: What Did Paul Mean?” *Biblical Illustrator *(Summer 2011). – “Apostle,” “Pseudonymity,” and “Wisdom of Solomon.” In *Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity*. Ed. Daniel Patte. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. – “Introduction and Study University of Aberdeen, Scotland (1993–1994) – Teaching Assistant, New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989–1991) – Graduate Research Assistant to Dean of Religion Department, Dallas Baptist University (1986–1988) *Ministerial Experience* – Preacher/Teacher, 1983–present (pulpit supply, Bible studies, conferences, etc.) – Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Weston, MO, December 2006–July 2007 – Interim Pastor, McCarthy Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO, March–August 2005 – Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, St. Joseph, MO, 2004 – Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Maryville, MO, 2003 – Deacon, Trinity North Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO; 1998–2003 – Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gallatin, MO, 2002 – Sunday School Teacher, Trinity North Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO; 1997–2002 – Interim Pastor, Ridgeview Baptist Church, Olathe, KS, 1999 – Church Planter, helped start Trinity North Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO, December 1997 – Pastoral Assistant, Bridge of Don Baptist Church, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1993–1995 – Ordained to ministry: May 29, 1994, Inglewood Baptist Church, Grand Prairie, TX – Licensed to ministry: January 19, 1983, East Dayton Baptist Church, Dayton, OH *Editorial Experience* – Academic Acquisition Editor, B&H Publishing Group, LifeWay Christian Resources (2007–2010) – Editor, *Midwestern Journal of Theology*, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002–2008) *Professional Memberships* – Evangelical Theological Society – Presently serve the national society as chair of the New Testament Backgrounds (Greco-Roman) Consultation Group – Institute for Biblical Research – Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge – Society of Biblical Literature *Publications* – *Books:* – *Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin: Three Views of Romans 7*. Ed. With Stephen J. Chester,

Notes: 1, 2 Peter, and Jude.” *HCSB Study Bible*. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2010. – “God – The Father,” *SBC Life *(August 2008). – “Introduction and Study Notes: Hebrews.” *Apologetics Study Bible*. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. – “Introduction and Study Notes: James.” *Apologetics Study Bible*. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2007. – “Hear Christ and His Word: A Sermon on John 5:24 by Scottish

Baptist Preacher, Peter Grant *of the Songs*,” *Midwestern Journal of Theology* 6.2 (Spring 2008): 67–71. – “The Meaning of *Raca*,” *Biblical Illustrator* (Winter 2007–08). – “What About the *Gospel of Judas*?” *Biblical Illustrator* (Fall 2007): 63. – “The Role of a Steward,” *Biblical Illustrator *(Spring 2007). – “New Testament Canonicity,” *Aeropagus Journal *(November–December 2005): 10-15. – “Thanksgiving and Prayer to God: A Sermon on Nehemiah 11:17 by Scottish Baptist Preacher, Peter Grant *of the Songs*,” *Midwestern Journal of Theology* 4.1 (Fall 2005): 47–50. – “The Heart of Mark’s Gospel,” *Midwestern Journal of Theology *3.1 (Fall 2004): 44–50. – “A Brief Defense of the Pastoral Epistles’ Authenticity,” *Midwestern Journal of Theology *2.1 (Fall 2003): 38–42. – “Pastorals.” “Pseudonymity.” “Titus.” In* Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary*. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2003. – “A Call to Endure Patiently Under Persecution: A Fresh Look at James 5:7-20 in Context,” *Midwestern Journal of Theology *1.1-2 (Spring 2003): 63–70. – “Joseph of Arimathea,” *Biblical Illustrator* (Winter 2002): 38–40. – “Pseudonymity and the New Testament.” Pages 296–335 in *Interpreting the New Testament*. Eds. David Alan Black and David S. Dockery. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2001. – “What the New Testament Does and Does Not Teach About Homosexuality,” *Areopagus Journal *1.4

(October 2001): 28–32. – “Cana in Galilee,” *Biblical Illustrator* (Winter 2000–01): 69–71. – “New Testament Pseudonymity and Deception,” *Tyndale Bulletin* 50.1 (1999): 156–58. – *Presentations:* – “Literary Property, Pseudonymity, and the New Testament with Special Reference to Bart Ehrman’s *Forged*,” an invited paper read for the Canon and Text Study Group at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 16–18, 2011 – “A Biblical Theology of Missions and Contextualization,” a paper read at the conference, *Sola Scriptura

or Sola Cultura?* Riley Center, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX, April 15, 2011 – “The Life, Thought, and Preaching of Nineteenth-Century Scottish Baptist, Peter Grant,” a paper read at the conference, “Baptist Spirituality: Historical Perspectives,” Andrew Fuller Center, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, August 24–25, 2009 – “Of Scrolls and Scribes: Authoritative Pseudepigraphy in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Its Implications for the New Testament,” a plenary address delivered at the conference, “The Dead Sea Scrolls and Christian Origins,” Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, March 12–14, 2009 – “Translating *Touto *Adverbially in Ephesians 2:8,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, San Diego, CA, November 14–16, 2007 – “Phoebe in Romans 16:1–2—Translating *Diakonos *Not as ‘Servant’ or ‘Deacon’ But as ‘Courier,’” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Valley Forge, PA, November 16–18, 2005 – “Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Plato’s *Noble Falsehood*,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 17–19, 2004 – “Philippians is Just as Pseudonymous as the Pastoral Epistles,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 19–21, 2003 – “Legal Metaphors in 2 Thessalonians 1 and 2,” a paper read at the Society of Biblical Literature’s Central States regional meeting, Kansas City, MO, April 7–8, 2002 – “Lawsuits in the New Testament: An Exposition of 1 Corinthians 6:1–11 with Special Application to the Case between the Missouri Baptist Convention and Five Baptist Institutions,” a diagnostic paper requested by the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Executive Board, April 2002 – “A Call to Endure Patiently Under Persecution: A Fresh Look at James 5:7–20,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, November 14–16, 2001 – “Literary Property, Pseudonymity, and the New Testament,” a paper read at the Society of Biblical Literature’s Central States regional meeting, Kansas City, MO, April 1–2, 2001 – “Literary Property, Pseudonymity, and the New Testament,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Nashville, TN, November 15–17, 2000 – “Legal Metaphors in 2 Thessalonians 1 and 2,” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Danvers, MA, November 17–19, 1999 – “Teaching Them All Things in Pseudonymous Letters?” a paper read at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting, Orlando, FL, November 19–21, 1998 – “New Testament Pseudonymity and Deception,” an academic convocation address delivered at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, September 1998 – “Windows of Hope, Closets of Fear,” appeared in this nationally-broadcast documentary by the Odyssey News Network and presented a conservative NT perspective on the issue of homosexuality, September 1998 – “The New Testament Perspective on Homosexuality,” a paper read in a forum on the topic of homosexuality at William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, March 1998 – “Assumptions of New Testament Pseudonymity Theories,” a paper read for a NT postgraduate seminar at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, April 1993 *Research Interests* – NT canon and text, NT backgrounds, Greek, General Epistles, Gospel of John, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Pastoral Epistles, persecution in the NT, ancient pseudonymity and authorship, ethics, church history

*Personal* – *Spouse*: Denise – *Children*: Ian, Aaron