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John L. Thompson

Senior Professor of Historical Theology and Gaylen and Susan Byker Professor Emeritus of Reformed Theology

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, University of WashingtonMDiv, Fuller Theological SeminaryPhD, Duke University

Courses Taught

CH501: Patristic TheologyCH503: Medieval and Reformation TheologyCH505: Post-Reformation and Modern TheologyCH549: Presbyterian CreedsCH575: Women in Church History and TheologyCH808/508: HistoriographyTH832/522: Seminar in Reformed TheologyCH853/553: Cal

Campus Affiliations

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise

Church history through the Reformation, gender issues, historical theology, John Calvin

“There is an undeniable strangeness about much traditional exegesis. Yet that strangeness may harbor surprises for us about the past, and it may offer unlooked-for readings of Scripture that draw us out of ourselves into other Christian minds and other ep


Dr. Thompson, in his book Reading the Bible with the Dead. Explore more voices reflecting on Scripture here.


John Thompson has taught at Fuller since 1989. He has taken an active role in the life of the seminary, providing leadership in the School of Theology by chairing the Theology Division as well as the Academic Affairs Committee. He has taught at several Fu

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