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Stephen S. Taylor, ABD

Associate Professor of New Testament


Stephen is fascinated by God’s commitment to work in and through human history and culture—a commitment most clearly displayed in God’s sending of his Son, “born of a woman, born under the law.” Steve specializes, therefore, not only in the Pauline letters as inspired texts but also in the elements which form their historical, cultural, and religious context, e.g., early Judaism, Greco-Roman history and culture, and most radically, the career of Jesus, the crucified and risen Messiah.

Steve grew up in Brazil, is married to a philosopher, and has five wonderful children. He enjoys art, woodworking, and playing the guitar.


  • BA, Bellhaven College
    MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
    ABD, University of Pennsylvania


  • Pauline Studies
  • Relationship between Paul and Jesus
    Jewish and Greco-Roman Backgrounds in the New Testament 
    History of Biblical Interpretation


Canonical Gospels or Other Gospels: What’s the Difference?” (June 2, 2006).

Hristiyan Inanç icin Kim Mimarlik Oldu? (Turkish), (Istanbul: MINTS Pastor Training Center, 2003). (Translation of title: Who is the Architect of Christian Belief? Paul or Jesus?).

"Faith, Faithfulness," New Dictionary of Biblical Theology: Exploring the Unity and Diversity of Scripture, ed. Desmond Alexander, Brian S. Rosner et al. (Downers Grove/Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2000).

"Paul and the Persian Sage: Some Observations on Aphrahat's Use of the Pauline Corpus," Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity: Formation and Interpretation, ed. Craig A. Evans and James Sanders (SBL Symposium Series, 1997).

Review, In the Way: A Study of Christian Missionary Endeavors, by Kenelm Burridge, International Journal of Comparative Religion (1986).

"Adam," Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, vol. 1, ed. Walter A. Elwell (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House,  1988), pp. 26-28.

"Demythologization," Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible, vol. 1, pp. 612-14.

"Essenes," Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, ed. Walter A. Elwell (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1984), pp. 366-68.

"Pharisees," Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, pp. 849-51.

"Sadducees," Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, pp. 965-67.

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