Richard Bauckham is biblical scholar and
theologian whose publications have ranged over many areas
and subfields, including the theology of Jürgen Moltmann, Christology (both New Testament and
systematic), eschatology, the New Testament books of Revelation, James, 2 Peter and Jude, Jewish and
Christian apocalyptic literature, the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, the New Testament Apocrypha, the
relatives of Jesus, the early Jerusalem church, the Bible and contemporary issues, and biblical and
theological approaches to environmental issues. He served as the Professor of New Testament Studies
at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland until 2007. Since 2007 he has worked as an independent
scholar and lecturer.
In recent years much of his work has focused on Jesus and the Gospels. His best known works are Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (2006), God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (1998), and
The Bible and Ecology (2010). As well as technical
scholarship and writing aimed at students and those with some theological background, he has also
written accessible books for a wider readership, of which the best known is At the Cross: Meditations on People Who Were There (1999), which he
co-wrote with Trevor Hart. A recent book is
Jesus: A Very Short Introduction (2011), published in Oxford University Press's Very Short
Introduction series, and providing a historical account of Jesus for the general reader.
Dr. Karlfried Froehlich
Dr. Karlfried Froehlich, Benjamin B. Warfield Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History
Dr. Karlfried Froehlich, son of a Lutheran minister, received an M.A. degree from Drew University in
1961 and his doctorate in Theology summa cum laude from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in
1963. From 1960-1967 he taught New Testament and church history at Drew, and joined the faculty of
Princeton Theological Seminary in 1968 where he held the Benjamin B. Warfield chair of
Ecclesiastical History from 1982 to 1992. Dr. Froehlich has lectured widely in the United States and
abroad. In 1995 he delivered the Hein-Fry Lectures in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and
in 1997 the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary. His special interest is the history
of biblical interpretation, especially in the Middle Ages, Christian iconography, and
A lay theologian in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Dr. Froehlich has been active
in church work on many levels. He was a member of the American Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue team
from 1970-1990, of the U.S. Lutheran-Reformed Conversations from 1988 to 1992, and has participated
in numerous national and international consultations. He is a member of the American Society of
Church History, of the Mediaeval Academy of America, and of the American Theological Society where
he was president in 1995. His publications include Understanding the New Testament (with H.C. Kee and F.W.Young, 1965 and
1973), Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church (Fortress Press, 1984), a
four-volume edition of the Latin Bible with the standard medieval commentary, the Glossa ordinaria,
1992, The Bible as Word of God in a Post-Modern Age (with T.E. Fretheim;
1998), and Sensing the Scriptures: Aminadab's Chariot and the Predicament of Biblical
Interpretation, 2014. A volume of his essays, entitled Biblical Interpretation from the
Church Fathers to the Reformation was published in 2010 as vol. CS951 of Ashgate's Variorum Series.
Beverly Roberts Gaventa
Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Baylor University, as well as Helen H.P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis Emerita
at Princeton Theological Seminary. In addition to numerous articles, reviews, and lectionary
resources, Dr. Gaventa has written Our Mother Saint Paul (Westminster John Knox, 2007), The Acts of the Apostles (Abingdon, 2003), I and II Thessalonians (Westminster John Knox, 1998), Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus (University of South Carolina, 1995; Fortress, 1999), and From Darkness to Light: Aspects of Conversion in the New Testament (Fortress, 1986). She has also edited many
volumes, the most recent of which are Apocalyptic Paul (Baylor University Press, 2013), and The New Interpreter's Bible One Volume Commentary (with David Peterson; Abingdon, 2010). Her current project
is a commentary for the New Testament Library on Paul's letter to the Romans.
Dr. Gaventa is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, where she has served in a variety of
leadership roles. She is also a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Catholic
Biblical Association, Duodecim Theological Society, and the American Theological Society. Dr.
Gaventa has served on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals and is an
editor-at-large for Christian Century. She has lectured widely in the U.S. as well as in Canada,
Europe, South Africa, and Australia.
Eric Gregory is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2008),
and various articles related to his interests in ethics, theology, political and legal theory, and
the role of religion in public life. In 2007 he was awarded Princeton's President's Award for
Distinguished Teaching. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology
from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale
University. He has received fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, the
Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Humanities,
and The Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. Among his
current projects is a book tentatively titled, What Do We Owe Strangers? Globalization and the Good
Samaritan, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice. At Princeton at
large, he sits with the executive committees of the University Center for Human Values, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities, and the University Public Lectures Committee.
Dr. Willie James Jennings
Dr. Willie James Jennings is currently Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at
Duke University Divinity School. For many years, Dr. Jennings served as the Academic Dean of the
Divinity School. Dr. Jennings was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Jennings received
his B.A. in Religion and Theological Studies from Calvin College (1984), his M.Div. (Master of
Divinity degree) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena California, and his Ph.D. degree
from Duke University. Dr. Jennings who is a systematic theologian teaches in the areas of theology,
black church and cultural studies, as well as post-colonial and race theory. The author of numerous
articles, Dr. Jennings's recent work The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race
published by Yale University Press, won the 2011 American Academy of Religion award for best book
and is now becoming a standard text read in colleges, seminaries, and universities. In addition to
being a frequent lecturer at colleges, universities, and seminaries, Dr. Jennings is also a regular
workshop leader at pastor conferences. He is also a consultant for the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and for the Association of Theological Schools. He serves
along with his wife, the Reverend Joanne L. Browne Jennings as an associate minister at the Mount Level Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina. For many years, Dr. Jennings served along with Rev.
Joanne Jennings as interim pastors for several Presbyterian and Baptist churches in North Carolina
and they are the parents of two wonderful daughters, Njeri and Safiya Jennings.
Paul Dafydd Jones
Paul Dafydd Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and co-director of
the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion at the University of Virginia. He is author of The Humanity of Christ: Christology in Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics (T&T Clark) and numerous articles
and chapters. He is working on two major projects at present: the Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2015/16), coedited with Paul Nimmo (University of
Aberdeen), and a constructive work entitled Patience: A Theological Exploration.
Bruce Lindley McCormack
Bruce Lindley McCormack, Princeton Seminary's Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology, earned
his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also holds an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological
Seminary and an honorary doctorate of theology from the Friedrich Schiller Universitat in Jena,
Germany. A Presbyterian, McCormack is interested in the history of modern theology, from
Schleiermacher and Hegel through Karl Barth. His first book, Karl Barth's Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology: Its Genesis and Development 1909-1936 is considered to be a paradigmatic work
of intellectual history in the field of Barth studies. His courses cover Schleiermacher's
Glaubenslehre and the doctrine of atonement in the Christian tradition. He is a member of the General
Assembly committee commissioned to write a new catechism for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has
been a member of the panel on doctrine for the Church of Scotland. A member of the Karl
Barth-Stiftung in Basel, Switerzland, he is North American editor of the Zeitschrift fuer
Dialektische Theologie, published in Holland.
Daniel L. Migliore
Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological
Seminary where he taught for forty-seven years. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), he
is the author of numerous articles and books, including Called to Freedom (1980); Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope, with Kathleen Billman (1999); The Power of God and the gods of Power (2008);
Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (3rd ed., 2014), and most recently,
Philippians and Philemon (2014). Migliore is also editor of the volume Commanding Grace: Studies in Karl Barth's Ethics (2010), and is responsible for designing the Princeton Karl Barth Conference to be held in
June, 2015 on the theme, "Karl Barth and the Gospels: Interpreter of Gospel Texts." While an active member
of the Princeton faculty, Migliore served at various times as Chairman of the Department of Theology and as
editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. In 2008-2009 he served as President of the American Theological
Society. In his retirement Migliore continues his research and writing in his academic specialization, the
theology and ethics of Karl Barth, and preaches and teaches at conferences and in local congregations.
Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, is one
of the most widely read theologians of the second half of the twentieth century. Moltmann was born in
Hamburg, Germany, on 8 April 1926. He states that he grew up in a secular home, without significant
Christian influence. As a boy he wanted to study science and mathematics. However in 1944, his education was
interrupted when he was drafted by the German army. Moltmann was sent to the front lines in the Belgian
forest. He surrendered in 1945 to the first British soldier he met.
For the next few years (1945–1948), he was confined as a prisoner of war and moved from camp to camp. First
held in Belgium, he was later moved to Scotland and then to northern England. His experience as a POW had a
powerful impact on his life, as it was in the camps that he had time to reflect upon the devastating nature
of the Second World War. It was also in the camps that Moltmann met Christian chaplains, was given the New
Testament and Psalms to read, and had his first introduction to Christian theology. Moltmann reflects about
the war experience: ‘In July 1943 I was an air force auxiliary in a battery in the center of Hamburg, and
barely survived the fire storm which the Royal Air Force's "Operation Gomorrah" let loose on the eastern
part of the city. The friend standing next to me at the firing predictor was torn to pieces by the bomb that
left me unscathed. That night I cried out to God for the first time: "My God, where are you?" And the
question "Why am I not dead too?" has haunted me ever since'.
When the war was over, Moltmann returned to his home in Hamburg. As a result of his reading the Bible and
theological texts in the POW camps and attending the Student Christian Movement conference in the summer of
1947 with a group of POWs, Moltmann decided to pursue theological training. He received his doctorate from
the University of Göttingen, under the direction of Otto Weber in 1952. From 1952 to 1957 Moltmann was the
pastor of the Evangelical Church of Bremen-Wasserhorst.
In 1958 Moltmann became a theology teacher at an academy in Wuppertal that was operated by the Confessing
Church and in 1963 he joined the theological faculty of Bonn University. He was appointed Professor of
Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in 1967 and remained there until his retirement in 1994.
From 1963 to 1983, Moltmann was a member of the Faith and Order Committee of the World Council of Churches.
From 1983 to 1993, Moltmann was the Robert W. Woodruff Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic
Theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He delivered the Gifford
Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1984–1985. Moltmann won the 2000 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in
Religion for his book The Coming of God: Christian Eschatology.
Moltmann married the feminist theologian Elisabeth Wendel in 1952; they have four daughters.
Moltmann has contributed many books to the field of theology, including Theology of Hope (1964), The Crucified God (1972), Man (1974), The Church in the Power of the Spirit (1975), The Trinity and the Kingdom of God (1980), God in Creation (1985), The Way of Jesus Christ (1989), The Spirit of Life (1991), Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology (1993), The Coming of God (1995), How I Have Changed: Reflections on Thirty Years of Theology (1997), The Source of Life (1997), God for a Secular Society (1998), Experiences in Theology (2000), Science and Wisdom (2003) and In the End—The Beginning: The Life of Hope (2004). Books coauthored with his wife, Dr. Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel, include Humanity in God (1983), God-His and Hers (1991), and Passion for God: Theology in Two Voices (2003).
Bio taken from http://www.giffordlectures.org/Author.asp?AuthorID=217
The Rev. Fleming Rutledge, one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church,
is recognized in the United States, Canada, and the UK as a lecturer, preacher, and teacher of other
preachers. Her published sermon collections have met with wide acclaim across denominational lines. Her most
recent collection is And the Lord Spoke to Abraham: Preaching the Old Testament, and her major work The
Crucifixion will be published in the fall of 2015. Mrs. Rutledge received her Master of Divinity degree from
Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1975. She spent twenty-two years in parish ministry in New York
City and its environs. She has been married for fifty-four years to Reginald E. (Dick) Rutledge, a marketing
consultant. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.