R. Kendall Soulen

Professor of Systematic Theology
R. Kendall Soulen
Phone: 404.727.7372
    • PhD, Yale University, 1992
    • MDiv, Emory University, 1986
    • BA, Yale University, 1982

    Widely regarded as one of Christianity's leading post-supersessionist theologians, Rev. Dr. R. Kendall Soulen has devoted much of his scholarship to showing that Christian faith becomes more authentically Christian as it overcomes its stubborn legacy of anti-Judaism. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including The God of Israel and Christian Theology, Abraham's Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations, and, most recently, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices.

    Soulen is the chair for Theological Studies in the Laney Graduate Division of Religion and was elected as the President of the American Theological Society in 2017.

    Soulen has lectured and taught throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. He has always accompanied his scholarship with public speaking and church work at the local, regional, and national levels. An elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he was elected delegate to the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.

    Kendall Soulen is on leave for the 17-18 academic year.

    Selected Publications

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    "Go Tell Pharaoh: Or, Why Empires Prefer a Nameless God," in The Economy of Salvation: Essays in Honor of M. Douglas MeeksWipf and Stock2015

    "Trinity," in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and TheologyOxford University Press2015

    "Jesus and the Divine Name," in Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 65, no. 1-2 Union Seminary2015

    "Scriptural Reasoning," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian TheologyCambridge University Press2014

    "The Name above Every Name: the Eternal Identity of the Second Person of the Trinity and the Covenant of Grace," in Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive DogmaticsZondervan2014

    "A Response from the Author," Symposium on Kendall Soulen's The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices, in Pro Ecclesia, vol. XXIII, no. 1 Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology2014

    "The Standard Canonical Narrative and the Problem of Supersessionism," in An Introduction to Messianic Judaism: its Ecclesial Context and Biblical FoundationsZondervan2013

    The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices Westminster John Knox Press2011

    Co-author,Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 4th edition Westminster John Knox Press2011

    " 'They are Israelites': the Priority of the Present Tense for Jewish-Christian Relations," in Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9-11Mohr Siebeck2010

    Selected Awards

    President, The American Theological Society, 2017

    Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, The Louisville Institute, 2010-2011

    "The Name of the Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective: An Ecosystem of Praise and Solidarity," Candler Dean's Lecture, November 18, 2015

    Selected Courses

    Systematic Theology

    Providence, Evil, and Suffering