Kendall Soulen

R. Kendall Soulen

Professor of Systematic Theology


PhD, Yale University, 1992
MDiv, Emory University, 1986
BA, Yale University, 1982


(404) 727-7372


The 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. His most recent book is Irrevocable: The Name of God and the Unity of the Christian Canon (Fortress, 2022).  His previous books include The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 1996), Abraham’s Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004), and The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices (Westminster/JKP, 2011).

Soulen is the chair for Theological Studies in the Laney Graduate Division of Religion and president of The Society for Post-Supersessionist Theology. He served as the President of the American Theological Society in 2017, and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals, including Pro Ecclesia and Theology Today.


Irrevocable: The Name of God and the Unity of the Christian BibleFortress Press, 2022

The God of Israel and Christian Theology, Fortress Press, 1996

The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011

Co-author, Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 4th edition, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011


“The Father’s Voice: Recovering a Neglected Aspect of the Doctrine of the Trinity,” Pro Ecclesia, May 2022

“Supersessionism,” “Israel,” in Encyclopedia of Jewish Christian Relations, in de Gruyter, 2019

“Christian Theology after the Holocaust,” in American Baptist Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 4, Winter 2018

“Gregory W. Lee, Today When You Hear His Voice: Scripture, the Covenants, and the People of God,” The Scottish Journal of Theology, August 15, 2018

“Jewish-Christian Relations: Patristic Era and Orthodox Churches” and “Jewish-Christian Relations: Modern Europe,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, de Gruyter, 2017

“Should United Methodists View Homosexual Conduct as a Matter of Status Confessionis? Finding the Right Historical Analogy,” in United of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2017

“Generatio, Processio Verbi, Donum Nominis: Mapping the Vocabulary of Eternal Generation,” in Retrieving Eternal Generation. Zondervan, 2017

“Trinity and Church after Supersessionism: A Thought Experiment with Jenson and Augustine,” in Robert Jenson’s Theology: Constructive Engagements. Fortress Press, 2017

“Go Tell Pharaoh: Or, Why Empires Prefer a Nameless God,” in The Economy of Salvation: Essays in Honor of M. Douglas Meeks. Wipf and Stock, 2015

“Trinity,” in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, Oxford University Press, 2015

“Jesus and the Divine Name,” in Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 65, no. 1-2, March 01, 2015

“Scriptural Reasoning,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. Cambridge University Press, 2014

“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 Dogmatics, Zondervan, 2014

“‘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 Theology, November 01, 2014

President, The American Theological Society, 2017

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

Providence, Evil, and Suffering

Systematic Theology

The Church in Action

The Theology of Wesley and Methodism

The Theology of Karl Barth

In the media

May 8, 2019

A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation - Part 1

May 8, 2019

A Dialogue in Biblical Interpretation - Part 2

November 18, 2015

The Name of the Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective: An Ecosystem of Praise and Solidarity

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