Black, Clifton

Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology
Department of Biblical Studies
107 Hodge Hall
Phone: 609.497.7762
Fax: 609.497.7728
Email: [email protected]


C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, earned his M.A. in theology from the University of Bristol, his M.Div. from Emory University, and his Ph.D. from Duke University. He is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Though his research interests concentrate in the New Testament’s Gospels, particularly in Mark, he publishes in many fields, including biblical theology, New Testament rhetoric, and the history of biblical interpretation. He offers a broad array of courses, including New Testament introduction, the exegesis of Mark’s Gospel, biblical theology and the practice of ministry, the parables of Jesus, major themes in New Testament theology, the biblical and Shakespearean visions, prayer in the New Testament, and several doctoral-level seminars. He is the author, editor, or collaborating author of fifteen books, and has published more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews. His current projects include a commentary on The Lord’s Prayer (Interpretation Supplements), Reading Scripture with the Saints (a collection of essays on the history of biblical exegesis), and senior editorship of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology. Black is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Center of Theological Inquiry, and the American Association of University Professors. He is the secretary of the American Theological Society.

Curriculum Vitae  


Major Publications

Anatomy of the New Testament, with Robert A. Spivey and D. Moody Smith (6th ed., 2007, 2010; 7th ed., 2013)
Mark (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, 2011)
The Disciples According to Mark: Markan Redaction in Current Debate (1989; 2nd ed., 2012)
Mark: Images of an Apostolic Interpreter (1994; 2001) 
Exploring the Gospel of John in Honor of D. Moody Smith, with R. Alan Culpepper (1996)
The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts (2001; 2nd ed., 2013)
Words Well Spoken: George Kennedy's Rhetoric of the New Testament, with Duane F. Watson (2008)
The Eighth Day of Creation: An Anthology of Christian Scripture (2008)