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Darrell L. Bock

Executive Director of Cultural Engagement and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies

BA, University of Texas, 1975; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979; PhD, University of Aberdeen, 1983; postdoctoral study, Tübingen University.

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary's Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, is a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College and Chosen People Ministries. His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Darrell L. Bock
HCCL 204
  • NT305 - Exegesis of Gospel Narrative
  • NT320 - Gospel of Luke
  • NT405 - NT Study & The Life of Christ
  • BS1002 - NT Backgrounds
  • BS1003 - Hermeneutics
  • NT1001 - History of NT Interp & Crit
  • NT1002 - NT Theology
  • DM103 - Applied Research Project
  • NT2012 - Seminar on the Historical Jesus
Grace and Truth in LGBT Engagement - Classic 09/12/2017 Fighting Human Trafficking in America - Classic 08/29/2017 How the Holy Spirit Transforms Daily Life 08/08/2017 The Work of Jesus in The Nicene Creed 08/01/2017
Church in the Information Age 07/25/2017 Millennials Leaving the Church 07/18/2017 The Person of Jesus in the Nicene Creed 07/11/2017 How God Sees Your Work 07/04/2017
Generational Unity in Worship Music 06/27/2017 Diversity and Reconciliation in the Early Church 06/20/2017 The Doctrine of God in the Nicene Creed 06/13/2017 The Church and the Arts 06/06/2017
The Struggle with Infertility 05/30/2017 Reaching Muslims in the Middle East through Media - Classic 05/23/2017 Ministering to Millennials 05/16/2017 Understanding the Trinity 05/09/2017
Brave New World 05/02/2017 Cultural Engagement Chapel 05/02/2017 Who Is Jesus? 04/25/2017 Multiculturalism and Personal Identity 04/18/2017
Understanding the Passion Week 04/11/2017 Money, Greed, and Generosity 04/04/2017 How Can Women and Men Better Minister Together? 03/28/2017 Ministering to Hispanics in the Church 03/21/2017
The Church's Role in Racial Reconciliation 03/14/2017 Discovering a Theology of Technology 03/07/2017 Classic: Same-Sex Sexuality and the New Testament 02/28/2017 Cultural Engagement Chapel: The Exodus 02/22/2017
Classic: Same-Sex Sexuality and the Old Testament 02/21/2017 How to Engage in Spiritual Conversations 02/14/2017 Engaging Literature with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien 02/07/2017 Student Perspectives On The DTS Community 02/01/2017
Classic - Key Differences Between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism 01/31/2017 Stewardship and the Creation Mandate 01/24/2017 Sexual Identity Issues and Union with Christ 01/17/2017 A Healthy Approach to Resolving Church Conflict 01/10/2017
Classic: How to Discover Your Giftedness 01/03/2017 Classic: Engaging with Millennials 12/27/2016 Experiencing the Christmas Story 12/20/2016 Cultural Engagement Chapel: Experiencing the Christmas Story 12/14/2016
Universal Themes in Popular Movies 12/13/2016 Why Did Jesus Have to Die? 12/06/2016 Faith, Work, and Music 11/29/2016 Classic: Israel and Anti-Semitism 11/22/2016
Homosexuality and Christian Faithfulness 11/15/2016 Vocation and the Cultural Mandate 11/08/2016 Nurturing Your Family in a Tension-Filled World 11/01/2016 Cultural Engagement: Culture or Cultures? 10/25/2016
Christian Ethics on Death and Dying 10/18/2016 Caring for Your Pastor 10/11/2016 Money and the Bible 10/04/2016 Caring for Refugees From the Middle East 09/27/2016
Interacting with Muslims 09/20/2016 Urban Ministry and Cross-Cultural Ministry 09/13/2016 Classic: Engaging Political Issues from a Biblical Perspective 09/06/2016 Human Dignity and the Image of God 08/30/2016
The Language of Theology 08/23/2016 Perspectives on the Lord's Supper 08/16/2016 Truth, Love, and Defending the Faith 08/09/2016 Younger Perspectives on Cultural Engagement 08/02/2016
A Christian View of Sports 07/26/2016 Reaching Muslims in the Middle East through Media 07/19/2016 A Biblical View of Racial Unity 07/12/2016 Emerging Adolescence and the Church 07/05/2016
The Same-Sex Attracted Christian 06/28/2016 Classic: Genocide in the Old Testament 06/21/2016 Engaging the Abortion Issue with Truth and Love 06/14/2016 The Basics of a Healthy Christian Life 06/07/2016
The Akola Project 05/31/2016 Big Church or Little Church? Yes! 05/24/2016 Engaging Political Issues from a Biblical Perspective 05/17/2016 Life as a Woman in a Middle Eastern Muslim Context 05/10/2016
Ministering in the Middle East 05/03/2016 Validating Genesis 04/28/2016 The State of Evangelicalism 04/26/2016 Challenges Facing Young Women in Ministry 04/19/2016
Faith, Work, and Fast Food 04/12/2016 Ministers Transitioning to Retirement 04/05/2016 The Process of Knowing 03/29/2016 Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus 03/22/2016
Responding to the New Atheism 03/15/2016 Understanding the New Atheism 03/08/2016 How to Discover Your Giftedness 03/01/2016 Faith and the Arts 03/01/2016
Fighting International Human Trafficking 02/23/2016 The Language of Theology 02/17/2016 Grace and Truth in LGBT Engagement 02/16/2016 Key Differences Between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism 02/09/2016
Immigration and the Bible 02/02/2016 Fighting Human Trafficking in America 01/26/2016 Did the Historical Jesus Claim to Be Divine? 01/19/2016 The Relationship of Vocation, Faith and Culture 01/12/2016
Engaging with Millennials 01/05/2016 What Christians Should Appreciate About Messianic Judaism 12/29/2015 What Christians Should Know About Messianic Judaism 12/22/2015 Healthy Relationships between Men and Women in Ministry 12/15/2015
Men and Women Ministering Together 12/08/2015 Understanding Religious Conflicts in the Middle East 12/01/2015 Understanding War and Peace in the Middle East 11/24/2015 Ministering to Blended Families 11/17/2015
Cultural Engagement: An Approach 11/12/2015 Living in a Blended Family 11/10/2015 12 Principles of Economic Wisdom 11/03/2015 Challenges to the Faith and Work Movement 10/27/2015
Economics and Vocational Clarity 10/20/2015 Spiritual Formation and Personal Wholeness 10/13/2015 The Church and Trafficking 10/13/2015 Spiritual Conversations in a Skeptical Context 10/06/2015
Generosity, Truth and Beauty in Spiritual Conversations 09/29/2015 Intellectual Challenges Students Face at Ohio State 09/22/2015 Social Challenges Students Face at Ohio State 09/15/2015 Reaching Millennials in a Shifting World 09/08/2015
Understanding Millennials in a Shifting World 09/01/2015 Keys to Effective Cultural Engagement 08/25/2015 Christianity in the Public Square 08/18/2015 The Obergefell v. Hodges Decision and Same-Sex Marriage 08/11/2015
The King v. Burwell Decision and the Affordable Care Act 08/04/2015 How to Watch a Movie 07/28/2015 Movies and the Cultural Shift 07/21/2015 Engaging Challenges to Biblical Inerrancy 07/14/2015
Encountering Challenges to Biblical Inerrancy 07/07/2015 Benefits of Technology to the Church 06/30/2015 The Church and Social Media 06/23/2015 Using Your Giftedness in Difficult Work Situations 06/16/2015
Discovering Your Giftedness 06/09/2015 Singleness and the Role of Community 06/02/2015 Being Single in the Local Church 05/26/2015 Religious Liberty and Discrimination 05/19/2015
Religious Liberty and the Law 05/12/2015 A Review of The Good Lie 05/05/2015 Evaluating Movies with Biblical Themes 04/28/2015 Ethnic Identity Under Christ's Authority 04/21/2015
Cultural Engagement Chapel - The Theology of Stewardship 04/16/2015 Biblical Racial Reconciliation 04/14/2015 Ministering to People Suffering with Mental Illness 04/07/2015 Cultural Engagement Chapel - Ministering to Your Spouse 04/01/2015
Ministering to Children with Special Needs 03/31/2015 Theology of Work - Darrell Bock & Tom Nelson 03/24/2015 Ministering to the LGBT Community 03/24/2015 Growing Up with a Gay Dad and Lesbian Mom 03/17/2015
Politics, Economics and the Common Good 03/10/2015 A New Testament View of Stewardship and Wealth 03/03/2015 The Healing Process for Trafficking Victims 02/24/2015 Identifying Victims of Trafficking 02/17/2015
Christianity as a Cultural Minority 02/10/2015 Religious Liberty and the Wheaton College Case 02/10/2015 Religious Liberty and the Hobby Lobby Decision 02/03/2015 Conviction and Civility in Ministry to LGBT Persons 01/27/2015
Identity in the LGBT community 01/20/2015 Chapel: Emerging Adolescence and the Church 01/13/2015 Moving Forward in the Current Israeli Conflict 01/06/2015 Backgrounds to the Current Israeli Conflict 12/30/2014
Classic: Challenges to the Existence of God 12/16/2014 Classic: Engaging the New Atheism 12/09/2014 The Status of Evangelicalism 12/02/2014 How to Help Veterans Re-Enter Society 12/02/2014
The Ministry of a Military Chaplain 11/25/2014 Chapel: Genocide in the Old Testament 11/18/2014 Theology of Work 11/13/2014 Recent Archaeological Finds 11/11/2014
Archaeology and the Bible 11/04/2014 Classic: Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism 10/28/2014 Israel in Scripture and the Promises of God 10/28/2014 Classic: History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church 10/21/2014
Review of Heaven is for Real 10/14/2014 Review of Saving Mr. Banks 10/07/2014 Has the Church Replaced Israel? 09/30/2014 Evangelical Attitudes towards Israel 09/23/2014
The Moral Requirements of Flourishing Economies 09/16/2014 The Intersection of Leaders in Business and the Church 09/09/2014 The Church's Response to Domestic Violence 09/02/2014 Challenges Facing Victims of Domestic Violence 08/26/2014
How to Think About Work and Money 08/19/2014 Stewardship and Economic Philosophy 08/12/2014 Ministering to People with Sexual Issues 08/05/2014 A Biblical View of Sexual Intimacy 07/29/2014
Ministering to People Wrestling with Sexual Identity 07/22/2014 Engaging with LGBT Persons 07/15/2014 Ministering to 13 to 34 year olds 07/08/2014 How Emerging Adulthood Affects the Church 07/01/2014
Litigation and Religious Liberty 06/24/2014 Foundations of Religious Liberty 06/17/2014 The Grooming Process of Sexual Abusers 06/10/2014 Protecting Children from Sexual Abuse at Church 06/03/2014
Preparing Students for the Challenges of Life in College 05/27/2014 Social Challenges Facing Students at Texas A&M 05/20/2014 A Biblical Worldview and Economic Flourishing 05/13/2014 Transforming Culture through Virtuous Citizenship 05/06/2014
Emerging Adolescence and the Church 04/30/2014 Responding to Christian Films 04/29/2014 Responding to Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” 04/22/2014 Challenges Facing Christian Students at UCLA 04/15/2014
Challenges Facing Christian Students at UC Irvine & UC San Diego 04/08/2014 Re-Imaging Evangelicalism in a Changing World 04/01/2014 Learning from the Great Evangelical Recession 03/25/2014 Religious Pluralism and the Hookup Culture at Princeton 03/18/2014
Preparing for Ministry to Students at Princeton 03/11/2014 Old Testament Narratives and Hot-Button Issues in America 03/04/2014 Relating to Those in Need 02/26/2014 How Does Narrative Teach Theology and Ethics? 02/25/2014
Ministering to Victims of Sex Trafficking 02/18/2014 Helping Women Escape Sex Trafficking 02/11/2014 Integrating a Biblical Theology of Work in the Life of the Church 02/04/2014 Cultural Engagement: Sexual Identity 01/31/2014
A Biblical View of Stewardship 01/28/2014 Practical Advice for Ministering to Patients 01/21/2014 How Narrative Medicine Can Minister to Hurting Patients 01/14/2014 Challenges to the Existence of God 01/07/2014
Engaging the New Atheism 12/31/2013 Catholicism and Protestantism: Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism 12/17/2013 Catholicism and Protestantism: The History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church 12/10/2013 Genocide in the Old Testament 12/04/2013
Biblical Encouragement for Overwhelmed Parents 12/03/2013 Nurturing a Christian Family in a Secular World 11/26/2013 Implementing Change and Making it Stick 11/19/2013 Reshaping a Church's Mission and Vision 11/12/2013
Living Missionally in a Local Context 11/05/2013 Spiritual Renewal in a Post-Christian Society 10/29/2013 Church Lessons from Non-Protestant Countries 10/22/2013 Younger International Views on American Christianity 10/15/2013
The New Testament View of Same-Sex Sexuality 10/08/2013 Queen James Passages in the Old Testament 10/01/2013 Historical Adam in the New Testament 09/24/2013 Historical Adam in the Old Testament and Early Judaism 09/17/2013
What Does The Bible Say about Divorce and Redemption in Cases of Spousal Abuse? 09/10/2013 A Christian Response to Abusive Relationships 09/03/2013 Simple Ways to Fight Human Trafficking 08/27/2013 Human Trafficking: What Every Christian Should Know 08/20/2013
How Do I Talk to My Teen About Sex? 08/13/2013 Raising Children in a Sex-Saturated Society 08/06/2013 Building a Better Ministry to Immigrants 07/30/2013 A Biblical Response to Immigration Policy 07/23/2013
Culture Shock: Living as a Faithful Christian Overseas 07/16/2013 Developing Christian Leaders in Non-Western Countries 07/09/2013 Supreme Court Cases on Same-Sex Marriage: Where the Church Goes from Here 07/02/2013 How to Build Relationships with Muslims 06/25/2013
Growing Up in the Middle East 06/18/2013 Westerners' Most Common Misconceptions about Islam 06/11/2013 Conversion & Persecution in a Muslim Setting 06/04/2013 Cross-cultural Evangelism and Apologetics 05/28/2013
Training Pastors for Global Service 05/21/2013 Do We Need to Believe in a Historical Adam? 05/14/2013 Comparing the Bible to Other Creation Accounts 05/07/2013 3 Simple Ways to Minister to Muslims & Immigrants 04/30/2013
Muslim Europe: Opportunities for Evangelism 04/23/2013 Challenges of Bible Translation in Muslim Cultures 04/16/2013 Culture and Apologetics 04/10/2013 General Issues in Bible Translation 04/09/2013
Discrepancies in the Gospels 04/02/2013 What the New Pope Means for the Future of the Church 04/02/2013 Naima Lett Interview: Confessions of a Hollywood Christian 03/27/2013 The Calling of a Christian Artist in the Media 03/26/2013
Stories Mirror the World and Invite Reflection 03/19/2013 Influencing Culture Through Media Arts 03/12/2013 Beginnings in Media Arts 03/05/2013 Early Church: Christianity or Christianities? 02/28/2013
Practical Ways to Culturally Engage 02/19/2013 Importance of Tone in Cultural Confrontations 02/12/2013 Defining Culture with a Worldwide Perspective 02/05/2013 Cultural Shift of Hostility 02/01/2013
Understanding Islam in the West 01/29/2013 Stanton Jones Chapel on Homosexuality and the Church 01/22/2013 Stanton Jones Brown Bag: Questions on Ministry to Homosexuals 01/22/2013 Tone in Addressing Homosexuality 01/15/2013
Studies and Research on Homosexuality 01/08/2013 Discussing Homosexuality and Sexuality Together 01/02/2013 How to Practically Influence Culture 12/18/2012 Defining Culture and “Culture Making” 12/05/2012
Effects of the “Culture Wars” 11/30/2012 The Need for Evangelicals in Media 11/14/2012 Media Bias or Media Ignorance? 11/07/2012 Cultural Engagement and the Media 11/01/2012
Personal Goals for the Initiative 10/24/2012 Tone and Goals for this Initiative 10/17/2012 Need for this Initiative at this Time 10/10/2012 Importance of this Initiative at DTS 10/03/2012
Why I Believe the Bible 03/28/2012 The Gospel of Good News 02/16/2010 Evangelicalism in a Non-Evangelical World 11/09/2009 Reviewing Bart Ehrman's Jesus Interupted 04/27/2009
Christian Cultural Engagement 04/20/2009 Faculty Forum: Representing Christ in a Pluralistic World 10/03/2008 Jewish Evangelism Today 05/01/2008 "So What?" Panel Discussion 01/24/2008
Jesus, Canon and Theology 01/23/2008 Media Panel 01/22/2008 What's "News" about Jesus? 01/21/2008 Contemporary Challenges to Jesus (3 of 3) 10/15/2007
Contemporary Challenges to Jesus (2 of 3) 10/08/2007 Contemporary Challenges to Jesus (1 of 3) 10/01/2007 Faculty Forum: What Are People Saying about Jesus? 09/21/2007 The Missing Gospels (3 of 3) 04/03/2007
The Missing Gospels (2 of 3) 03/27/2007 The Missing Gospels (1 of 3) 03/20/2007 Born to... 12/12/2006 The Implications of The Da Vinci Code (3 of 3) 05/01/2006
The Implications of The Da Vinci Code (2 of 3) 04/30/2006 The Implications of The Da Vinci Code (1 of 3) 04/29/2006 The Challenges of Bible Translation (2 of 2) 02/16/2006 The Challenges of Bible Translation (1 of 2) 02/15/2006
The Legacy of C.S. Lewis and Narnia (2 of 2) 01/02/2006 The Legacy of C.S. Lewis and Narnia (1 of 2) 12/30/2005 Christianity and Islam 11/08/2005 What Katrina Has Taught Us about the Church 11/01/2005
The Da Vinci Code (3 of 3) 06/17/2004 The Da Vinci Code (2 of 3) 06/16/2004 The Da Vinci Code (1 of 3) 06/15/2004
  1. Bock, Darrell L., "'Who Is This Son of Man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus." Library of New Testament Studies (JSNTS) , no. 390 (2011). 78-100.
  2. Bock, Darrell L., "Is That All There Is? A Response To Lara Guglielmo's' 11Q13, Malchisedek, Coreference, and Restoration of 2 18." Enoch , no. 33 (2011). 73-76.
  3. Bock, Darrell L., "Faith and the Historical Jesus: Does a Confessional Position and Respect for the Jesus Tradition Preclude Serious Historical Engagement?." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus , no. 9 (2011). 3-25.
  4. Bock, Darrell L., "A Brief Reply to Robert Miller and Amy-Jill Levine." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus , no. 9 (2011). 106-10.
  5. Bock, Darrell L., "Embracing Jesus in a First Century Context: What Can It Teach Us About Spiritual Commitment?." Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care , no. 3 (2010). 128-39.
  6. Bock, Darrell L., "Who Do My Opponents Say that I Am? An Investigation of the Accusations against the Historical Jesus." Library of New Testament Studies , no. 328 (2008). 76-94.
  7. Bock, Darrell L., "Blasphemy and the Jewish Examination of Jesus." Bulletin for Biblical Research 17, no. 1 (2007). 53-114.
  8. Bock, Darrell L., "The Jesus and Judas Papers: A Look at Recent Claims about Jesus." (2006).
  9. Bock, Darrell L., "Will the Real Judas Please Stand Up?." (2006).
  10. Bock, Darrell L., "The Good News of Da Vinci: How a Ludicrous Book Can Become an Opportunity to Engage the Culture." Christianity Today 48, no. 1 (2004). 62-62.
  11. Bock, Darrell L., "The State of Missions: an Interview with Luis Bush." Christianity Today 47, no. 7 (2003). 26-26.
  12. Bock, Darrell L., "Darrell Bock: 'Public Square' Societies Keep Us Honest." Christianity Today 47, no. 2 (2003). 86-86.
  13. Bock, Darrell L., "Do Gender-sensitive Translations Distort Scripture? Not Necessarily." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45, no. 4 (2002). 651-669.
  14. Bock, Darrell L., "The Purpose Driven ETS: Where Should We Go? A Look at Jesus Studies and Other Example Cases." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 45, no. 1 (2002). 3-33.
  15. Bock, Darrell L., "No More Hollow Jesus : In Focusing so Intently on Jesus the Man, Peter Jennings' Report Missed the Big Picture." Christianity Today 44, no. 9 (2000). 73-73.
  16. Bock, Darrell L., "Why I Am a Dispensationalist with a Small "D"." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41 (1998). 383-396.
  17. Bock, Darrell L., "Jesus V Sanhedrin : Why Jesus "Lost" His Trial." Christianity Today 42 (1998). 48-50.
  18. Bock, Darrell L., "Key Jewish Texts on Blasphemy and Exaltation and the Jewish Examination of Jesus." Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers , no. 36 (1997). 115-160.
  19. Bock, Darrell L., "The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and the Ethics of Jesus." Southwestern Journal of Theology 40 (1997). 63-72.
  20. Bock, Darrell L., "My Un-American Faith : Why I Stopped "Doing" All I Could for God." Christianity Today 40 (1996). 21-23.
  21. Bock, Darrell L., "Scandal? A Forum On the Evangelical Mind." Christianity Today 39 (1995). 21-27.
  22. Bock, Darrell L., "Charting Dispensationalism : A Group of Progressive Scholars Is Mapping out a Dispensational Theology for a New Era." Christianity Today 38 (1994). 26-29.
  23. Bock, Darrell L., "Current Messianic Activity and OT Davidic Promise : Dispensationalism, Hermeneutics, and NT Fulfillment." Trinity Journal 15, no. 1 (1994). 55-87.
  24. Bock, Darrell L., "The Son of David and the Saints' Task : The Hermeneutics of Initial Fulfillment." Bibliotheca Sacra 150 (1993). 440-457.
  25. Bock, Darrell L., "Arrogance Is Not a Family Value." Christianity Today 36 (1992). 10-10.
  26. Bock, Darrell L., "Understanding Luke's Task : Carefully Building on Precedent (Luke 1:1-4)." Criswell Theological Review 5 (1991). 183-201.
  27. Bock, Darrell L., "The Use of the Old Testament in Luke-Acts : Christology and Mission." Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers , no. 29 (1990). 494-511.
  28. Bock, Darrell L., "A Review of The Gospel According to Jesus, by J F MacArthur, Jr, 1988." Bibliotheca Sacra 146 (1989). 21-40.
  29. Bock, Darrell L., "Is Matthew Midrash." Bibliotheca Sacra 144 (1987). 157-180.
  30. Bock, Darrell L., "Jesus As Lord in Acts and in the Gospel Message." Bibliotheca Sacra 143 (1986). 146-154.
  31. Bock, Darrell L., "Evangelicals and the Use of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra 142 (1985). 306-319.
  32. Bock, Darrell L., "Evangelicals and the Use of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra 142 (1985). 209-223.

Academic Interests

  • Historical Jesus
  • Gospels
  • Luke-Acts
  • Hermeneutics
  • Jewish backgrounds to New Testament
  • Dispensationalism
  • Evangelicalism
  • Culture and Christianity

Personal Interests

  • Photography