Wagner, Ross
Short bio
J. Ross Wagner, associate professor of New Testament at PrincetonTheological Seminary, earned his Ph.D. from Duke University. His publications and courses revolve around two foci, both of which are concerned with exploring the ways in which Holy Scripture functions in the context of the church’s life and mission. The first centers on the interpretation of Scripture in early Jewish and Christian communities and encompasses investigation of the Old Greek version of Isaiah and its history of effects as well as the use of Scripture in Paul’s writings, Hebrews and 1 Peter. The second focal point is the intersection of biblical interpretation and missional theology. His work here includes interdisciplinary dialogue, joint research and team-teaching with colleagues in the fields of Theology and Missiology. Currently co-chair of the Pauline Soteriology Group of the Society of Biblical Literature, he also serves on the editorial board of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. A Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Göttingen in 2006-07 and in 2010 (summer), he spent 2009-10 as a member in residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry.


Scholarly activities
• Co-chair, Pauline Soteriology Group, Society of Biblical Literature
• Steering committee member, Greek Bible Consultation, SBL
• Member of the editorial board, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
• Co-convener of an international symposium, Römer 9-11 im Spannungsfeld zwischen „New Perspective on Paul“ und christlich jüdischem Gespräch (Göttingen, May 2008)
• Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Göttingen (2006-2007; 2010)


Recent Publications
• Zwischen Evangelium und Erwählung / Between Gospel and Election. Edited by Florian Wilk and J. Ross Wagner with the assistance of Frank Schleritt. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming [2010].

• “Missio Dei: Envisioning an Apostolic Reading of Scripture.” Missiology: An International Review 37 (2009): 19-32.

• The Word Leaps the Gap: Essays on Scripture and Theology in Honor of Richard B. Hays. Edited by J. Ross Wagner, C. Kavin Rowe, and A. Katherine Grieb (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).

• “Faith and Fear, Stumbling and Salvation: Receptions of LXX Isaiah 8:11-18 in the New Testament.” Pages 76-106 in The Word Leaps the Gap.

• “The Septuagint and the ‘Search for the Christian Bible.’” Pages 17–28 in Scripture’s Doctrine: Studies in the New Testament’s Normativity for Christian Dogmatics. Edited by Markus Bockmuehl and Alan Torrance. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

• “Identifying ‘Updated’ Prophecies in OG Isaiah: Isaiah 8:11-16 as a Test Case.” Journal of Biblical Literature 126 (2007): 251-269.

• “Working Out Salvation: Community and Holiness in Philippians.” Pages 257-74 in Holiness and Ecclesiology in the New Testament. Edited by Kent E. Brower and Andy Johnson; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.


Recent Lectures
• “Models for Interpreting a Translated Text: In Search of ‘Septuagint Hermeneutics,’” paper presented to the New Testament Colloquium at Duke University, April 7, 2010.

• Invited lectures on missional hermeneutics for the conference, “Church and Mission in a Multireligious Third Millennium,” University of Aarhus, Denmark, 27–29 January 2010: “‘In Memory of Her’”: Mission in the Absence of Jesus (Matt 26:6–13)” and “‘The Aroma of Christ’: The Paradoxical Presence of Jesus in Mission (2 Cor 2:14–17).”

• “Baptism Into Christ and the Question of Universalism in Paul,” paper presented at the SBL Annual Meeting, Christian Theology and the Bible Group, 2009.

• “‘To Live is Christ’: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.” Series of lectures given at the Whitworth Institute of Ministry, Whitworth University, 14–17 July, 2009.

• “Review of Ronald Troxel, LXX Isaiah as Translation and Interpretation,” SBL Annual Meeting, Greek Bible Consultation, 2008.

• “Paul and the Church,” main paper at “Reclaiming Paul: The Apostle in the Emerging World,” Nazarene Theological Seminary, 22-24 October 2008.

• “Missio Dei: Envisioning an Apostolic Hermeneutic,” plenary lecture at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Missiology, 20-22 June 2008.

• “‘Not from the Jews only, but also from the Gentiles’: Mercy to the Nations in Romans 9–11,” University of Göttingen Symposium: “Römer 9-11 im Spannungsfeld zwischen „New Perspective on Paul“ und christlich jüdischem Gespräch,” 1-4 May 2008.

• “Receptions of LXX Isaiah 8:11-18 in the New Testament,” Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame, 23 January 2008.


Courses Offered
• The Old Testament in the New
• Pauline Theology
• 1 Corinthians
• Philippians and Philemon
• The Book of Hebrews
• Missional Hermeneutics and the Formation of the Church: 1 Peter (with Darrell Guder)
• Jews and Judaism in Christian Scripture, Theology and Preaching (with Ellen Charry)
• Introduction to Hellenistic Greek
• Advanced Greek: (e.g., Dio Chrysostom, Orations 12, 36; Plutarch, De sera numinis)

Dissertations Supervised
• “Be Who You Really Are: Paul’s Use of the Exodus to Shape the Identity of the Corinthian Church”
• “‘You Are My Son’: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews”