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Joel B. Green

Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation

BS, Texas Tech University
MTh, Perkins School of Theology
PhD, University of Aberdeen

Courses Taught

NE502: Exegetical Method and Practice

NE506: New Testament Exegesis: Acts

NE506: New Testament Exegesis: Gospel of Luke

NE506: New Testament Exegesis: James and 1 Peter

NS512: Jesus and the Kingdom of God

NS589: The Human Person in New Testament Perspective

NT500: New Testament Introduction

NT801/NS581: New Testament Seminar: Research Methods

NT823: Critical Issues in Luke-Acts

NT825/525: Biblical Theology and Theological Hermeneutics

NT826/526: Advanced Greek: Historians and Historiography

MT800A: Tutorial in Mission Theology

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Luke-Acts, theological interpretation of Scripture, James and 1 Peter, the significance of Jesus’ death, the interface of science and theology

“The practice of reading Scripture is not about learning how to mold the biblical message to contemporary lives and modern needs. Rather, the Scriptures yearn to reshape how we comprehend our lives and identify our greatest needs. We find in Scripture who we are and what we might become, so that we come to share its assessment of our situation, encounter its promise of restoration, and hear its challenge to serve God’s good news.”


Dr. Green, from his essay “Cultivating the Practice of Reading Scripture.” Read more.


Joel B. Green joined Fuller’s faculty in 2007 and has served several administrative posts: associate dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies (2008–2016, 2019–present), dean of the School of Theology (2014–2018), and provost (2016–2018). Prior to coming to Fuller, Dr. Green served for ten years at Asbury Theological Seminary as professor of New Testament interpretation, as dean of the School of Theology, and as provost. Previous faculty and academic-administrative appointments include the American Baptist Seminary of the West / Graduate Theological Union (1992–1997) and New College for Advanced Christian Studies Berkeley (1985–1992).

Green has written or edited some 55 books, including 8 that have won awards: Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship, Year C, Volume 1, Advent through Epiphany (with Thomas Long, Luke Powery, and Cynthia Rigby, 2018), Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed., 2013), Common English Bible Study Bible (2013), Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011), In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem (2nd ed., 2010), Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology (with Paul J. Achtemeier and Marianne Meye Thompson, 2001), The Gospel of Luke (1997), and Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (with Scot McKnight, 1992). Among his recent publications are Discovering Luke (2021), Luke as Narrative Theologian (2020), Conversion in Luke-Acts: Divine Initiative, Human Cognition, and the People of God (2015), Why Salvation? (2013), and The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts (with Lee Martin McDonald, 2013).

He has written scores of essays and reviews.

He is the editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament, as well as the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Theological InterpretationTheology and Science, and Science and Christian Belief. Green has been elected to membership in both Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) and the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR).

Green has 12 years of pastoral ministry experience.

Download Green’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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