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Atef Gendy

Atef Gendy

Affiliate Professor of New Testament

BSc in Civil Engineering, Assiut University
BA in Theology, Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo
MTh in New Testament, Aberdeen University
PhD in New Testament, Aberdeen University


Atef Gendy was born to a Presbyterian family in Assiut, a large city south of Egypt. He is married to Manal Mourad and has two sons: Amir married to Heidi, and Nayer married to Nardine. He is a grandfather to Tia and Nicole Amir.

Dr. Gendy worked as a civil engineer from 1982–1984, then served as director of a training center in the south of Egypt to help equip lay leaders for the ministry (1984–1992). He followed his calling to enroll at ETSC and graduated in 1992. He was selected in the same year as an instructor of New Testament at ETSC. In July 2000, a few months after returning from his PhD studies, he was elected as president of ETSC. He served in this position for 21 years (until last year) and never give up his role as a professor of the New Testament until now.

Now, Gendy is serving the seminary as a director of the Center for Middle Eastern Christianity (CMEC) and a full-time NT professor.


Most recently published a reference in Arabic: Why Do You Teach Them in Parables? How Do We Interpret the Parables of Jesus in Their Historical Context. Cairo: Dar Al-Thaqafa, 2020.

Editor of the New Testament commentary in the Arabic Contemporary Commentary published by Dar Al-Thaqafa. (He also wrote a commentary on Philemon as part of this project.)

“Style, Content and Culture: Distinctive Characteristics in the Missionary Speeches in Acts.” Swedish Missiological Themes 99 (2011): 247–65.

Devotional notes to the book of Luke and Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt (2009).

“The Parables of Jesus or the Parables of Mathew? A Question About the Authenticity of the Parables in the First Gospel.” PhD diss., Aberdeen University, 2000.

“The Authenticity of the Conclusions of the Parables of Jesus.” MTh thesis, Aberdeen University, 1995.

Review of Jesus the Parable of God: What Do We Really Know About Jesus? by Eduard Schweizer. REvQ 71 (1999): 167–168.

Served as a consultant in a committee formed in 2015 by the World Evangelical Alliance to review the familial divine terms “Father/Son” in one of Wycliffe’s translations.

Wrote several articles and book reviews in different Arab Christian journals and the Scottish Journal of Theology.