Robert E. Van Voorst

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst
Address101 East 13th Street
Holland, MI 49423

Professor of New Testament, Western Theological Seminary

B.A., Hope College,
M.Div., Western Theological Seminary,
S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary,

Ordained in the RCA, Robert Van Voorst served for twelve years as the pastor of Rochester Reformed Church in Accord, New York, while he pursued doctoral study. In 1989 he became a professor of religion at Lycoming College, a United Methodist liberal arts college, and served for three years as chair of its religion department. While teaching college, he was an interim pastor in four Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations, preached widely in north-central Pennsylvania, and was a visiting professor in Westminster College in Oxford, England.

At Western, Dr. Van Voorst researches and teaches primarily in New Testament language and literature, and secondarily in the relationship of Christianity and other world religions. He maintains an active schedule of preaching and teaching in Michigan churches of several denominations. He has written frequently on theology and ministry in the Reformed Review, the Church Herald and a variety of scholarly journals.

Dr. Van Voorst has also authored nine books. His textbooks draw on his teaching experience: Building Your New Testament Greek Vocabulary (third edition), Readings in Christianity (second edition), Anthology of World Scriptures (seventh edition), Anthology of Eastern Scriptures, Anthology of Western Scriptures, and Reading the New Testament Today which is being published in Chinese.

His research monographs include The Ascents of James, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian text; and Jesus Outside the New Testament, an examination of traditions about Jesus from pagan, Jewish, and Christian documents before and after the New Testament; this book has been published in Italian. He is the co-author of volume three in the Pastor’s Bible Study, to which he contributed a study of the Gospel of Luke for pastors to use in Teaching and preaching.

Dr. Van Voorst has contributed articles to reference works such as the Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, the Handbook of the Historical Jesus, and the New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Currently he is working on a commentary on Galatians for the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series and a new introduction to world religions for Wadsworth-Cengage Publishers.

Dr. Van Voorst is a member of the Tyndale Fellowship, an international association of biblical researchers based in Cambridge, England. He has been named for more than twelve years to Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World for his contributions to the field of religious studies and to the Christian ministry.

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