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Dr. Eckhard J. Schnabel

Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament


Noted New Testament scholar Dr. Eckhard Schnabel joined Gordon-Conwell in 2012 with over 30 years of extensive experience in teaching, ministry, research and scholarship.

Fluent in English and his native German, as well as six ancient languages and four research languages, Dr. Schnabel brings a global perspective to the Gordon-Conwell community. He was involved in cross-cultural missions in Latin America, Europe and Asia for over 20 years before moving to Deerfield, Illinois, to teach at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and engage in preaching and teaching ministry in various venues. Dr. Schnabel also taught at theological schools in seven foreign countries, including China, Belgium, Philippines, Poland, Sri Lanka, Canada and Germany.

He is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, Tyndale Fellowship, Evangelical Theological Society, Institute of Biblical Research and Society of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Schnabel has held numerous editorial responsibilities, including his current appointment as associate editor of the Bulletin of Biblical Research, and is widely published in academic journals. Has authored 10 books and over 75 essays and articles, contributed countless reviews and commentaries, and translated seven books into German, including Francis Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture.

Dr. Schnabel’s most recent books include Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods; The Book of Acts, an exegetical commentary on the New Testament; and 40 Questions on the End Times.

He and his wife, Barbara, have two children.


  • Abitur (Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium)
  • Lic. Theol (Th.M) (Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule)
  • Ph.D. (University of Aberdeen)


  • Jesus, Paul, and the Early Church: Missionary Realities in Historical Contexts. Collected Essays. WUNT 406. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018
  • Jesus in Jerusalem: The Final Days. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018
  • The Gospel of Mark, Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (InverVarsity Press, 2017)
  • Der Brief an die Römer, 2 vols., Historisch-Theologische Auslegung (R. Brockhaus, 2015/2017)
  • The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus: Texts and Commentary (with David W. Chapman, Mohr Siebeck, 2015)
  • 40 Questions on the End Times (Kregel, 2011)
  • The Book of Acts: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Zondervan, 2011)
  • Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods (InterVarsity Press, 2008)
  • Der erste Brief des Paulus an die Korinther, Historisch-Theologische Auslegung (R. Brockhaus, 2006)
  • Early Christian Mission, Vol. 1: Jesus and the Twelve, Vol. 2: Paul and the Early Church (InterVarsity Press, 2004)
  • Law and Wisdom from Ben Sira to Paul: A Tradition Historical Enquiry into the Relation of Law, Wisdom, and Ethics (Mohr-Siebeck, 1985)

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