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BA, Duke University, 1971, Psychology
MDiv, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1976, Theology
Exams: Scriptures of the West, Western Religions to 1500, Western Religions 1500-1850, Modern Religious Thought, Modern Religious Traditions, Methods - Study of Religion, German Reading, French Reading
PhD, The University of Chicago, 1984, New Testament Studies, Dissertation: “Pseudepigraphy and Ethical Argument in the Pastoral Epistles”
Dr. Lewis Donelson joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1983. Prior to coming to Austin, he was pastor of Holly Grove Presbyterian Church in Holly Grove, Arkansas, from 1979-1981. His primary teaching interests include New Testament, Greek, Greco-Roman culture, and early Christian history.
Professor Donelson is the author of five books and numerous articles. His latest books are I & II Peter and Jude: A Commentary; From Hebrews to Revelation: A Theological Introduction; and Colossians, Ephesians, First and Second Timothy, and Titus, all of which are published by Westminster John Knox Press. He is currently working on a book about messianic dynamics in the gospels.
Dr. Donelson is the editor of Horizons in Biblical Theology, an academic journal published by APTS.
Professor Donelson has spent a lot of time and energy in recent years learning the history and archaeology of Turkey and Greece. He has organized and led seminary travel seminars to these areas.
A few years ago, he went on Dr. Bill Greenway's wilderness trip in Colorado and was reminded of how much he loved camping. He and his family began taking yearly backpacking trips in Colorado. He plays golf from time to time.