David Johnson


Professor of New Testament

B.S.,     University of Minnesota, 1976
Th.M.,  Dallas Theological Seminary, 1980
Ph.D.,  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1992






Teaching Fields

New Testament Bible
New Testament Theology
New Testament Introduction
Greek Exegesis


Professional Experience

2013 - Present: Providence University College & Theological Seminary, President
2012 - 2013: Providence University College & Theological Seminary, Interim President
1990 - Present: Providence Theological Seminary, Faculty
1989 - 1990: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Teaching Fellow
1987 - 1990: Trinity College, Instructor
1980 - 1987: Faribault Evangelical Free Church, Faribault, Minnesota, Pastor


Professional Associations

The Evangelical Theological Society
The Institute of Biblical Research
The Society of Biblical Literature



Book Reviews

The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

vol. 28. Robert Gromacki, Stand Bold in Grace: An Exposition of Hebrews. Baker, 1984.

29. S. A. Ellisen, Knowing God's Word. Nelson, 1984.

30. J. M. Boice, Christ's Call to Discipleship. Moody, 1986.

30. J. A. Motyer, The Message of James: The Tests of Faith. IVP, 1985.

30. David Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians: Life in the Local Church. IVP, 1985.

31. Kenneth L. Gentry, The Christian and Alcoholic Beverages: A Biblical Perspective. Baker, 1986.

42. Richard Rohrbaugh, ed., The Social Sciences and New Testament Interpretation. Hendrickson, 1996.

46. Daniel O. Via, What Is New Testament Theology?, Fortress, 2002.

52. Larry R. Helyer, The Witness of Jesus Paul and John: An Exploration in Biblical Theology, IVP, 2008.


vol. 2.2. Peter Davids, The First Epistle of Peter. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1990.

3.1. D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John. Eerdmans, 1991.

3.2. David Alan Black and David S. Dockery, New Testament Criticism and Interpretation. Zondervan, 1991.

3.2. Leon Morris, The First and Second Epistles to the Thessalonians. NICNT. Eerdmans, 1991.

3.2. Klyne Snodgrass. Between Two Truths: Living with Biblical Tensions. Zondervan, 1990.

4.1. Horst Balz and Gerhard Schneider, eds., Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament. Volume 2. Eerdmans, 1991.

4.1. Clarence Walhout and Leland Ryken, eds., Contemporary Literary Theory: A Christian Appraisal. Eerdmans, 1991.

5.1. Donald L. Hamilton, Homiletical Handbook. Broadman, 1992.

5.1. George W. Knight III. Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles. NIGTC. Eerdmans, 1992.

5.1. D. A. Carson, Douglas J. Moo, and Leon Morris. An Introduction to the New Testament. Zondervan, 1992.

5.2. Bruce Winter and Andrew Clarke. The Book of Acts in Its Ancient Literary Setting. Eerdmans, 1993.

5.2. Robert Stein, Luke. NAC. Broadman, 1992.

6.1. Daniel L. Migliore, ed. The Lord's Prayer: Perspectives for Reclaiming Christian Prayer. Eerdmans, 1993.

6.1. James F. Kay. Christus Praesens: A Reconsideration of Rudolf Bultmann's Christology. Eerdmans, 1994.

6.1. Joel B. Green and Max Turner. Jesus of Nazareth: Lord and Christ. Eerdmans, 1994.

6.1. N. T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God. Fortress, 1992.

6.2. James D. G. Dunn, Christian Liberty: A New Testament Perspective. Eerdmans, 1993.

6.2. David F. Wells. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams. Eerdmans, 1994.

6.2. V. Philips Long, The Art of Biblical History. Zondervan, 1994.

7.1. T. F. Torrance, Preaching Christ Today: The Gospel and Scientific Thinking, Eerdmans, 1994.

7.1. The Book of Acts in Its First Century Setting, vols. 2 and 3. Eerdmans, 1994.

7.1. Robert Gundry, Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church under Persecution. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1994.

7.2. Bart Ehrman and Michael Holmes, eds., The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research. Eerdmans: 1995.

7.2. Joel B. Green, ed., Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation. Eerdmans, 1995.

8.2. Roy A. Harrisville and Walter Sundberg, The Bible in Modern Culture: Theological and Historical Method from Spinoza to Kasemann, Eerdmans, 1995.

8.2. Brian S. Rosner, ed., Understanding Paul's Ethics: Twentieth Century Approaches. Eerdmans, 1995.

8.2. Pablo Richard, Apocalypse: A People's Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Orbis, 1995.

9.2. J. D. G. Dunn, Christology in the Making, Eerdmans, 1989.

9.2. G. Ldemann, Heretics: The Other Side of Early Christianity. Westminster John Knox, 1996. 10.1. Rainer Riesner, Paul's Early Period, Eerdmans, 1998.

10.1. W. E. Arnal and M. Desjardins, Whose Historical Jesus? Wilfrid Laurier, 1997.

11.1. P. Barnett, Jesus and the Logic of History. Eerdmans, 1998.

11.1. A. Kstenberger, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples accroding to the Fourth Gospel. Eerdmans, 1998.

<11.1. J. D. G. Dunn, Jesus and the Spirit. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1997; and The Theology of Paul the Apostle, Eerdmans, 1998.

11.2. Roger Lundin, Clarence Walhout, and Anthony Thiselton, The Promise of Hermeneutics. Eerdmans, 1999.

11.2. Richard Longenecker, Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period. Second Edition. Eerdmans, 1999.

Presented Papers

Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting
1993 "A New Paradigm for New Testament Introduction"
1994 "To What Degree Are Pauline Epistles Ad Hoc?"
1996 "The Power of Story: The Function of the Synoptic Gospels"
1998 "The Characterization of Jesus in Mark"
2000 "The Old Testament Promises of Return from Captivity and Their Fulfillment in the Church."
2003 "Inspiration: Jesus, Apostles, and Canon"
2005 "A Survey of Recent NT Introductions"
Society of Biblical Literature Midwest Regional Meeting
1998 "What Is a Gospel?"


"On the Meaning of the Term 'Flesh' in Romans 8," Miqra 4.4 (2005) 8-10.

"Canon and Criterion: Synopsis and Critique," Didaskalia 14.2 (2003) 1-12.

"Life" in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, ed., T. D. Alexander and Brian S. Rosner (Downers Grove: IVP, 2000).

"Preaching the Gospel Birth and Infancy Narratives," Didaskalia 11.1 (1999) 57-76.

"The Characterization of Jesus in Mark," Didaskalia 10.2 (1999) 79-92.

"Assurance", "Blessing", "Flesh," in Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments, ed. Ralph P. Martin and Peter Davids (Downers Grove: IVP, 1997).

"Preaching the Miracle Stories of the Synoptic Gospels," Trinity Journal 18 (1997) 85-97.

"On the Meaning of Didaskalia." Didaskalia 4.2 (April, 1993) 15-23.

"Life", "Logos", "Shepherd/Sheep" in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, ed. Joel Green, Scot McKnight and I. H. Marshall (Downers Grove: IVP, 1992).

"The Image of God in Colossians." Didaskalia 3.2 (April, 1992) 9-15.  


Personal Interests

I am an active father and grandfather. I enjoy family time. Barb and I also enjoy traveling on our summer holidays, particularly to US and Canadian National Parks. I am involved at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach. I enjoy most sports and regularly participate in basketball and distance running. As a fiftieth birthday present to myself, in 2004 I ran in the Manitoba Marathon on Father's Day and the Twin City Marathon (Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota) in the Fall. I ran the Twin City Marathon again in 2005 and 2006. I have been backpacking at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior ten times.


Course Information


Course Syllabi

NT5202 Birth of the New Testament (Fall 2017)

NT6201 New Testament Theology (2016 Syllabus)

NT5202 Birth of the New Testament (2015 Syllabus)

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