Carl R. Holladay
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 sole author of nine 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 or co-edited four books, including 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. His most recent book is Introduction to the New Testament: Reference Edition (Baylor, 2017), which roots each of the New Testament’s 27 writings in their historical, literary, and theological contexts.
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). Holladay is president of the Society for New Testament Studies and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He was elected in 2017 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
An ordained minister in the Church of Christ, Holladay serves on editorial boards for multiple scholarly journals.
Introduction to the New Testament: Reference Edition. Baylor University Press,2017
Acts: A Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press,2016
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
Co-author,Preaching Through the Christian Year (1992-94). Trinity Press International,1992
Co-author,Preaching the New Common Lectionary (1984-87). Abingdon Press,1984
The First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Abilene Christian University Press,1984
Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors. Volume I: Historians (1983); Volume II: Poets (1989); Volume III: Aristobulus (1995); Volume IV: Orphica (1996). Society of Biblical Literature,1983
THEIOS ANER in Hellenistic Judaism. Society of Biblical Literature,1977
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2017.
President of the Society of New Testament Studies, 2016-2017.
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.
Senior Faculty Fellowship, Yale University, 1980.
A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Grant, Yale University, 1976, 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
Paul’s Theology of Ministry
The Acts of the Apostles
Gospel of Mark