David J. Downs

Associate Professor of New Testament StudiesSchool of Theology

Contact Information
BA, Clemson University
MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

David Downs joined the Fuller faculty in 2007. Prior to coming to Fuller, he was a teaching fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and a visiting assistant professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

His research has focused on Pauline theology, economic issues in the New Testament and early Christian literature, and the Apostolic Fathers. His dissertation, The Offering of the Gentiles: Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem in Its Chronological, Cultural, and Cultic Contexts, was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2008. In 2013, Downs and Matthew L. Skinner edited The Unrelenting God: Essays on God’s Action in Scripture in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans).

Downs has also published articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Journal of Theological Interpretation, and New Testament Studies. He has contributed articles to Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception, The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2d. ed.), The Background of the New Testament, The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary, The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, and The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics.

In 2011, Downs and his wife, Jen, a doctor of infectious diseases and a clinical medical researcher, were awarded a Lilly Theological Scholars Collaborative Research Grant for a cross-disciplinary project entitled, “New Creation Is Everything: Christian Identity, Male Circumcision, and HIV/AIDS in Northwest Tanzania.” Part of this research was published in the British Medical Journal Open. The Downses spend several months a year living in Mwanza, Tanzania, where David regularly teaches at P.A.G. Bible College.

Downs is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the North American Patristics Society.

Courses Taught

  • NS500: New Testament 1: Gospels
  • NS501: New Testament 2: Acts–Revelation
  • NS522: Wealth and Poverty in the New Testament
  • NE506: NT Exegesis: 1 Corinthians
  • NE506: NT Exegesis: Pastoral Epistles
  • NE526: NT Exegesis: 1 Corinthians (English text)
  • NT826: Advanced Greek: Apostolic Fathers (PhD Seminar)
  • NT866: Critical Issues in the Study of Paul (PhD Seminar)

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Pauline epistles, Gospels, New Testament Greek exegesis, economic issues in early Christianity, Greek epigraphy, Greco-Roman voluntary associations, Christianity in the second century, cultural hermeneutics, biblical interpretation and public health

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