David Downs joined the Fuller faculty in 2007. Prior to coming to Fuller, he was a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and a visiting assistant professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.
His research has focused on Pauline theology and on economic issues in the New Testament and early Christian literature. His dissertation, The Offering of the Gentiles: Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem in Its Chronological, Cultural, and Cultic Contexts
, was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2008. Downs has also published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Catholic Biblical Quarterly
, Horizons in Biblical Theology
, Journal for the Study of the New Testament
, Journal of Biblical Literature
, Journal of Early Christian Studies
, and New Testament Studies
. He has contributed articles to Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception
, The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary
, The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible
, and The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics
In 2011, Downs and his wife, Jen, a doctor of infectious diseases and a clinical medical researcher, were awarded a Lilly Theological Scholars Collaborative Research Grant for a cross-disciplinary project entitled, “New Creation Is Everything: Christian Identity, Male Circumcision, and HIV/AIDS in Northwest Tanzania.” The Downses spend several months a year living in Mwanza, Tanzania, where David regularly teaches at P.A.G. Bible College.
Downs is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the North American Patristics Society.