Carl R. Holladay

C.H. Candler Professor of New Testament
Carl R. Holladay
Phone: 404.727.4017
    • PhD, University of Cambridge, 1975
    • ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1970
    • STB, Abilene Christian University, 1969
    • BA, Abilene Christian University, 1965

    In addition to teaching at Candler since 1980, Dr. Carl R. Holladay is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory and a popular lecturer at colleges and universities around the world.

    Holladay’s research joins classical academic scholarship and professional application, focusing on Luke-Acts, Hellenistic Judaism (Judaism in the Greco-Roman world), and Christology. He is the author of seven books, including A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ (Abingdon, 2005), which offers historical context as well as an orientation to religious, theological and ethical issues surrounding Jesus’ message, and is used extensively by seminaries and ministers. Holladay also co-authored Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook (Westminster John Knox, 1st ed., 1982), a widely used introductory text on exegetical methods, theory and practice, now in its third edition.

    He has received several prestigious fellowships and professional honors, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, a Luce Fellowship, and a Festschrift titled Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay (Brill, 2008).

    An ordained minister in the Church of Christ, Holladay serves on editorial boards for multiple scholarly journals, and has been elected to serve as president of the Society of New Testament Studies for the 2016-17 term.

    Selected Publications

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    Co-editor,Light from the Gentiles: Hellenistic Philosophy and Early Christianity. Collected Essays, 1959-2012, by Abraham J. Malherbe. Brill,2014

    Co-author,Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook, Third Edition. Westminster John Knox Press,2007

    A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ. Abingdon Press,2005

    Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors, Volume IV: Orphica. Society of Biblical Literature,1996

    Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors, Volume III: Aristobulus. Society of Biblical Literature,1995

    Co-author,Preaching Through the Christian Year (1992-94). Trinity Press International,1992

    Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors, Volume II: Poets. Society of Biblical Literature,1989

    Co-author,Preaching the New Common Lectionary (1984-87). Abingdon Press,1984

    Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors, Volume I: Historians. Society of Biblical Literature,1983

    Commentary on First Corinthians. R.B. Sweet Publishing,1978

    Selected Awards

    Presented a Festschrift entitled Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay, 2008.

    Board of Trustees, Abilene Christian University, 2005-2008.

    Distinguished Alumni Award, Abilene Christian University, 2003.

    Henry T. Luce, III, Fellow in Theology, Association of Theological Schools, 1999-2000.

    Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research at Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen, Germany, 1994-1995.

    Release Time Award for Research during the Academic Year, Emory University Research Committee, 1987-1988.

    Senior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University, 1980.

    A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant, Yale University, 1976, 1979.

    Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas member, 1979.

    F. J. A. Hort Memorial Fund Award, Cambridge University, 1973.

    “Imagining the Future" - Fall Convocation Address, Cannon Chapel, August 28, 2014

    "The Church of the Spirit" - Carmichael-Walling Lectures, Abilene Christian University, November 15, 2013

    "Happiness and Faith: New Testament" - Candler School of Theology, October 1, 2010

    Selected Courses

    Luke

    Paul’s Theology of Ministry

    The Acts of the Apostles