Walter Wilson

Walter T. Wilson

Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament


PhD, University of Chicago, 1990
MA, University of Chicago, 1986
BA, Johns Hopkins University, 1985


(404) 727-4053


In addition to teaching New Testament at Candler, Dr. Walter T. Wilson coordinates the Scripture and Interpretation concentration as part of the Master of Divinity degree program. Prior to joining the Candler faculty in 1997, he taught at Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Wilson is the author of nine books dealing with the world of the New Testament, including books on the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Literature, the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Philo of Alexandria, and the Sentences of Sextus, a collection of Christian aphorisms from the second century C.E.

His most recent project, entitled Healing in the Gospel of Matthew: Reflections on Method and Ministry (Fortress Press, 2014), combines traditional literary and historical approaches with insights culled from medical anthropology, feminist theory and disability studies to reconstruct Matthew’s distinctive understanding of healing as a theme and practice within the early church.


The Wisdom of Sirach, Eerdmans, 2023

The Gospel of Matthew, Volume I, Eerdmans Critical Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022

The Gospel of Matthew, Volume II, Eerdmans Critical Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022

Ancient Wisdom, An Introduction to Sayings Collections, Eerdmans Critical Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022

Editor, New Testament Interpretation: A Practical Guide, Cognella, 2021

Healing in the Gospel of Matthew: Reflections on Method and Ministry, Fortress Press, 2014

The Sentences of Sextus: Critical Text, Translation, and CommentarySociety of Biblical Literature Press, 2012

Philo of Alexandria: On Virtues, Brill, 2010

Pauline Parallels: A Comprehensive Guide, Westminster John Knox Press, 2009

Contributor, From Adam to Armageddon: A Survey of the Bible, Wadsworth, 2005

The Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylides. De Gruyter, 2005

The Hope of Glory: Education and Exhortation in the Epistle to the Colossians Brill, 1997

The Mysteries of Righteousness: The Literary Composition and Genre of the Sentences of Pseudo-Phocylides, Mohr Siebeck, 1994

Love Without Pretense: Romans 12:9-21 and Hellenistic-Jewish Wisdom Literature, Mohr Siebeck, 1991


“The Gospel of Matthew and Ecological Hermeneutics,” Conversations with the Biblical World, vol. 37, 2017

“Matthew, Philio, and Mercy for Animals (Matt 12,9-14),” in Biblica, Pontifical Biblical Institute, May 31, 2016

“Perception, Discipleship, and Revelation in the Gospel of Matthew,” in Journal of Disability and Religion, vol. 19, issue 1, March 12, 2015

“Works of Wisdom (Matt 9:9-17; 11:16-19),” in Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 106, issue 1, January 31, 2015

“The Uninvited Healer: Houses, Healing and Prophets in Matthew 8.1-22,” in Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 36, issue 1, July 25, 2013

“Seen in Secret: Inconspicuous Piety and Alternative Subjectivity in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18,” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 3, July 01, 2010

Ancient Judaism

Gospel of Matthew

New Testament Interpretation

Studying the Synoptic Gospels