Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III (1951- ) is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, Volume 2: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1-2 Peter (2008)

Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude (2007)

The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles (2007)

What Have They Done With Jesus: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History–Why We Can Trust the Bible (2007)

Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians, Volume 1: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Titus, 1-2 Timothy and 1-3 John (2006)

Incandescence: Light Shed through the Word (2006)

1 & 2 Thessalonians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2006)

The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci (2004) | on CD-ROM | on MP3

Paul’s Letter To The Romans: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2004)

The New Testament Story (2004)

New Testament History: A Narrative Account (2003)

The Lost Letters of Pergamum: A Story from the New Testament World (with Bruce W. Longenecker, 2002)

The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus (2001)

Jesus the Seer: The Progress of Prophecy (1999)

Grace in Galatia: Commentary on Galatians (1998)

The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth (1997) | on CD-ROM

The Christology of Jesus (1997)

The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (1997)

Paul’s Narrative Thought World, The Tapesty of Tragedy and Triumph(1994)

Friendship and Finances in Philippi: The Letter of Paul to the Phillipians (1994)

Conflict & Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians(1994)

Jesus, Paul & the End of the World: A Comparative Study in New Testament Eschatology(1992)

Women in the Earliest Churches (1988)

Matthew (Smyth & Helwys Biblical Commentary)

The Book of Revelation: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (The New Cambridge Bible Commentary)


The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible (2008)

Troubled Waters: Rethinking the Theology of Baptism (2007)

Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper (2007)

The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism (2005)

The Shadow of the Almighty: Father, Son and Spirit in Biblical Perspective (with Laura M. Ice, 2002)

The Gospel of Mark: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2001)

Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom (2000)

John’s Wisdom: A Commentary on the Fourth Gospel (1995)

Women and the Genesis of Christianity (1990)

Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus’ Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 1987) [TOP]

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