His undergraduate degree (Baylor University) was in literature and Greek. He also completed a M.A. in literature from Baylor. His theological study was at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Emory University (Ph.D.), with a specialization in New Testament.
His manuscript The Tangled Branches of the Fourth Gospel, an exploration of the reception history of the Fourth Gospel in the early church, is forthcoming from Continuum/T & T Clark. He also has recently submitted five invited articles to a volume entitled Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction, ed. M. Roncace and P. Gray (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, anticipated publication November 2005). He has authored or co-authored articles that have appeared in Imagining Otherness: Filmic Visions of Living Together, ed. Brent Plate and David Jasper (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999); Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, ed. John Hayes. (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999); and Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies, ed. Timothy K. Beal and David M. Gunn.(Routledge, 1996).
He is also currently working on A Very Short Introduction to the New Testament as Literature for Oxford University Press.
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