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Joel B. Green

Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies

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), 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.

Green has written or edited some 50 books, including seven that have won awards: 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 (with Stuart Palmer, 2005), 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 most recent publications are Conversion in Luke-Acts: Divine Initiative, Human Cognition, and the People of God (2015), Why Salvation? (2013), The World of the New Testament: Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts (with Lee Martin McDonald, 2013), Ears That Hear: Explorations in Theological Interpretation of the Bible (with Tim Meadowcroft, 2013), Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture (with David F. Watson, 2012), Practicing Theological Interpretation: Engaging Biblical Texts for Faith and Formation (2011), Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: The Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts (2nd ed., with Mark D. Baker, 2011), the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary on 1 Peter (2007), Seized by Truth: Reading the Bible as Scripture (2007), and Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (2008). He has written scores of essays and reviews.

He is the editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Theology and Science and Science & 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 and is currently teaching pastor at La Cañada United Methodist Church.

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

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