Richard J. Erickson

Senior Associate Professor of New TestamentSchool of Theology

Contact Information
206-284-9000 ext. 204
BA, Washington State University
BD, Lutheran Brethren Seminary
ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Rich Erickson serves as senior associate professor of New Testament for Fuller Online and at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle, Washington. A faculty member since 1984, he played an active role in the development of Fuller's first off-campus cohort-based MDiv program. In the fall of 2010, he received a Kern Family Foundation grant for developing online curriculum at Fuller.

Erickson has over 30 years of teaching, administrative, and pastoral experience in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, the Netherlands, China, and Cameroon. He has also published various articles on New Testament studies, and a textbook, A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method (InterVarsity Press, 2005), also available in Italian and Chinese. He has translated into English various Swedish-language publications, including Jean Paillard, In Praise of the Inexpressible: Paul's Experience of the Divine Mystery (Hendrickson, 2003) and Lena Malmgren, Barbed Wire and Thorns (Hendrickson, 2007), and a commentary on the Letters of John by Birger Olsson (Wipf and Stock, August 2013). He is an ordained minister in the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.

Courses Taught

  • BI500 - Interpretive Practices
  • NE502 - Exegetical Method and Practice
  • NE517 - Gospel of Mark (Greek Text)
  • NE567 - Gospel of Mark (English Text)
  • NE567- Romans (English Text)
  • NE567: Ephesians (English Text)
  • NE567: Revelation (English Text)
  • NS500: New Testament 1: Gospels
  • NS501: New Testament 2: Acts to Revelation
  • ST511: Orientation to Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Romans, Matthew, Ephesians, Revelation, biblical linguistics and semantics, exegetical method, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, translation



  • A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Exegesis: Taking the Fear Out of Critical Method. InterVarsity Press, 2005.
    Italian translation: Guida introduttiva all’esegesi del Nuovo Tesamento: Come vincere la paura del metodo critico. Milan: Editioni San Paolo, 2007.
    Chinese edition: Hong Kong: Logos Publishers, 2011.


  • Adult Sunday School lesson for David C. Cook (Dec 1981-Feb 1982).
  • Oida and Ginosko and Verbal Aspect in Pauline Usage,” WTJ 44 (1982) 110-122.
  • “Biblical Studies and Modern Linguistics,” TSF Bulletin 6/4 (March-April 1983) 16-17.
  • “Linguistics and Biblical Language: A Wide Open Field,” JETS 26 (1983) 157-163.
  • James Barr and the Beginnings of Biblical Semantics (Anthroscience Minigraph Series, Notre Dame: Foundations Press, 1984).
  • “Some Recent Contributions to Biblical Linguistics” (a review article), TSF Bulletin 8/4 (March-April 1985) 23-24.
  • “Ephesians,” in The Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, ed. W. A. Elwell (Grand Rapids, Baker, 1989); published separately, with discussion questions, as Ephesians: God’s Recreation (Fergus Falls, Minnesota: Faith and Fellowship Press, 1987).
  • “What is a Family,” Faith and Fellowship (May 8, 1991) 4-5, 7-8, 12.
  • “Flesh,” in R. P. Martin, G. Hawthorne, and D. Reid, eds., Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1993) 303-306.
  • “The Jailing of John and the Baptism of Jesus: Luke 3:19-21,” JETS 36 (1993) 455-466.
  • Life! from a Hellhole,” Fuller Focus, Winter 1995; reprinted as “Life from a Pit of Evil,” Faith and Fellowship 62/7 (1995) and as “Freedom Behind Bars,” Sunday Digest (June-August 1996).
  • “Divine Injustice? Matthew’s Narrative Strategy and the Slaughter of the Innocents (Matthew 2.13-23),” JSNT 64 (1996) 5-27.
  • “The Damned and the Justified in Romans 5.12-21: An Analysis of Semantic Structure,” in S. E. Porter and J. T. Reed, eds., Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Approaches and Results (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1999), pp. 282-307.
  • “Joseph and the Birth of Isaac in Matthew 1,” BBR 10.1 (2000) 35-51.
  • “Ephesians,” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Gary M. Burge and Andrew E. Hill, eds. BakerBooks, 2012.
  • “Sin-bearers in Skagit County,” Christ and Cascadia (online journal), October 9, 2013. Republished in Fieldnotes Magazine (online journal), December 16, 2013.
  • Numerous other articles in Faith and Fellowship, the denominational paper of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren.


  • “Melito’s Peri Pascha: A Translation,” Faith and Fellowship (Feb-Mar 1975).
  • Birger Olsson, “First John: Discourse Analyses and Interpretations,” in S. E. Porter and J. T. Reed, eds., Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Essays in Theory and Application (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic, 1999), pp. 369-391 [Original Swedish: “Första Johannesbrevet: diskursanalyser och tolkningar,” SEÅ 60 (1995) 141-163].
  • Staffan Olofsson, “The Septuagint and Earlier Jewish Interpretative Tradition—Especially as Reflected in the Targums,” Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 10 (1996) 197-216 [Original Swedish: “Septuaginta och äldre judisk tolkningstradition,” SEÅ 58 (1993) 15-32)].
  • Harald Riesenfeld, “Christology and Contingence” [Original Swedish: “Kristologi och kontingens,” SEÅ 58 (1993) 33-50].
  • Jean Paillard, In Praise of the Inexpressible: Paul’s Experience of the Divine Mystery. Peabody, MA: Hendickson, 2003 [Original Swedish: Till det osägbaras lov: om Paulus erfarenhet av mysteriet. Örebro: Libris, 2001].
  • Lena Malmgren, Barbed Wire and Thorns: A Christian’s Reflection on Suffering. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007. [Original Swedish: Taggtråd och törne. Arcus, 2002].
  • Birger Olsson, A Commentary on the Letters of John: An Intra-Jewish Approach. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2013. [Original Swedish: Johannesbreven. KNT; EFS-förlaget, 2008].
  • Agne Nordlander, “A Theology of Martyrdom,” in Freedom of Belief and Christian Mission (H. A. Gravaas et al., eds; Regnum Edinburgh Centenary Series 26; Oxford: Regnum Books International, 2015), pp. 58-66 [Original Swedish: “Martyriets teologi”].


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