Patrick Graham

M. Patrick Graham

Librarian and Margaret A. Pitts Professor Emeritus of Theological Bibliography


MLIS, University of Texas, Austin, 1990
PhD, Emory University, 1983
MDiv, Abilene Christian University, 1976
MA, Abilene Christian University, 1974
BA, Abilene Christian University, 1973


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Dr. M. Patrick Graham came to Candler in 1988 and served as director of Pitts Theology Library, one of the premier theological libraries in North America, until his retirement in 2017. His research interests include the interpretation of 1 and 2 Chronicles and the use of the printed image to illustrate the Bible. Graham is the author of one book, co-editor of nine others, and has written more than 40 articles and numerous book reviews.

He has served as a consultant for other theological libraries, taught courses in Old Testament for Harding School of Theology and Spring Hill College, and has been an instructor in the Bible class program for the First Presbyterian Church and Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church. He is past president of the Board of Directors of the American Theological Library Association and has chaired accreditation committees of both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools.

Graham is an ordained minister in the Churches of Christ and has served as a trustee of the Northlake Church of Christ.

Editor, The Implementation of the Lord’s Supper, Pitts Theology Library, 2016

Editor,Renewing Church and University: The Twenty-Seventh Annual Reformation Day at Emory, October 21, 2014 Pitts Theology Library2014

“Nurturing Virtuous Readers,” in Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study, Assoc. of College and Research Libraries, 2013

“Framing Books and Reading: An Exploration of Sixteenth Century Title Borders,” in Theological Librarianship, vol. 6, no. 2, American Theological Library Association, 2013

“The Decatur/Northlake Narrative,” in Leaven, vol. 20, no. 2, Pepperdine University, 2012

“Kedar,” “Uzziel,” “Zabdi,” “Zaccur,” Zanoah,” “Zattu,” “Zaza,” “Zebadiah,” Zelophahad,” “Zemaraim,” “Zemirah,” “Zerahiah,” “Zichri,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Abingdon Press, 2009

Co-editor,The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph W. Klein, T and T Clark Publishers, 2003

Co-editor,The Land that I Will Show You: Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller, Sheffield Academic Press, 2001

Co-editor,The Chronicler as Author: Text and Texture, Sheffield Academic Press, 1999

Co-editor,”The ‘Chronicler’s History’ (Ezra, Nehemiah, Chronicles),” in The Hebrew Bible Today: An Introduction to Critical Issues, Westminster John Knox Press, 1998