Dennis E. Smith

 Dennis E. Smith
Address901 N. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74116

LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminary

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1967
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1969
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1972
Th.D., Harvard University Divinity School, 1980

Dr. Smith specializes in the study of the social world of early Christianity and is a recognized authority on ancient Greco-Roman meal customs. A longtime student of Greek and Roman archeology, he recently participated in a research seminar on the archeological context for Christian origins held at the ancient site of Ephesus in Selcuk, Turkey. In his teaching he emphasizes interpreting the New Testament in its ancient context and creatively and effectively applying that interpretation to the needs of the church in the twenty-first century. His recent course offerings include New Testament Greek, Introduction to the New Testament, the Gospel of Luke, the Acts of the Apostles, the Gospel of John, 1 Corinthians, Galatians, the Social World of Early Christianity, Storytelling and the Bible, and a DMin seminar on Hospitality as a Biblical Paradigm for Ministry.

Major publications include: The Chalice Introduction to the New Testament (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004); From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003); Many Tables: The Eucharist in the New Testament and Liturgy Today (London: SCM, 1990); five edited volumes of The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996-2006), including The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible, Volume Ten: John, which he authored (1996); and numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly journals.

Dr. Smith is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, for which he co-chairs the Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World; a member of the Westar Institute, for which he chairs the Acts Seminar and serves on the steering committee for the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins; and a member of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, for which he recently served as president. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he joined the PTS faculty in 1986.

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