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Gordon-Conwell recruits distinguished scholar to Rockefeller Chair in New Testament Studies

February 24, 2012

South Hamilton, MA—Eckhard J. Schnabel, Ph.D., has been named the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He will assume his new position in Fall 2012.

“Dr. Schnabel is a scholar of remarkable diversity,” remarks Provost, Dr. Frank James. “He is not only a noted New Testament scholar who has written the definitive work on Christian Mission in the New Testament, but he also brings a global perspective having served on academic faculties in his native Germany, the Philippines, Latin America, Hong Kong, as well as the U.S. Dr. Schnabel’s international experience no doubt will serve our students well in our globalized world.”

Since 1998, Dr. Schnabel has served on the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, currently as Professor of New Testament. He has also served as chair of the New Testament department at Freie Theologische Akademie, Giessen, Germany; as Program Director, Th.M. in Biblical Studies, at Asia Graduate School of Theology, Manila, Philippines; and as a professor at Wiedenest Bible College, Bergneustadt, Germany, and Asian Theological Seminary, Manila. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer or Visiting Professor at theological schools in Poland, Belgium, Philippines, Germany, Canada, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, China.

In addition, he has served as a missionary with Overseas Missionary Fellowship in Manila, and with Operation Mobilisation in Latin America and Europe, and was in preaching and/or teaching ministries at churches in Germany, Scotland and Illinois.

He holds a Lic. Theol. (Th.M.), from Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule, Basel, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Schnabel is the author of a number of books, including the two-volume Early Christian Mission, Law and Wisdom from Ben Sira to Paul and a commentary on First Corinthians. Most recently, he contributed to Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith, and wrote 40 Questions About the End Times. He has also co-edited or served in editorial capacities for additional publications and is widely published in academic journals.

A frequent speaker at professional and theological conferences, Dr. Schnabel is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians, the Institute of Biblical Research, the Societies for New Testament Studies and Biblical Literature, Tyndale Fellowship and Arbeitskreis für evangelikale Theologie.

He and his wife, Barbara, have two children.