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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.

Courses Taught

  • NT5305 - Exegesis of Gospel Narrative
  • NT5320 - Gospel of Luke
  • NT5405 - New Testament Study and the Life of Christ
  • DM7103 - Applied Research Project
  • NT8101 - History of New Testament Interpretation and Criticism
  • NT8102 - NT Theology
  • NT8210 - Seminar on the Historical Jesus


Academic Interests

Historical Jesus
Jewish backgrounds to New Testament
culture and Christianity

Personal Interests



DTS Voice Videos

A Glimpse of the African-American Church
The Bedrock of Christianity
Dr. Darrell Bock in chapel at DTS
Practicing at the Intersection of Faith and Health Care
Dr. Rodney Orr, Dean of DTS's DC campus
Intelligent Cultural Engagement
Business Leadership Under Stress
Living out Faith in Business and Government
Pastoral Practice and Whole-Life Discipleship
Global Theological Education
Ministry in Restricted Contexts
The World of the New Testament
The Fight Against Human Trafficking
Lessons From Egypt
Does the Old Testament Condone Violence?
Engaging in Difficult Conversations
Leadership in Uncertain Circumstances
Grace-Based Parenting
How Can Women and Men Better Minister Together? - Classic
Resurrection and the Vindication of Jesus
Understanding the Passion Week - Classic
A Biblical View of Masculinity
A Biblical View of Femininity - Classic
Cultural Engagement: Human Trafficking
Conversations Coast to Coast
Ministering to Your City
Was the Virgin Birth Copied from Other Religions? - Classic
Old Testament Fulfillment in the Christmas Story - Classic
Jesus and the Royal Psalms
How Is a Bible Translated?
Cultural Engagement: Travel In Egypt
Navigating Transgender Issues
Understanding Gender Dysphoria
Whole-Life Discipleship
Doctor Who Meets Moses
Leading with Courage and Compassion - Classic
Coming Out, Sexual Identity, and the Gospel
Millennials Leaving the Church - Classic
Reviving Evangelism
Cultural Engagement: The NET Bible Panel
How Can Women and Men Better Minister Together? Classic
Did the Historical Jesus Claim to Be Divine? Classic
How English Bibles are Made
The Church's Role In Culture
Christian Ethics on Death and Dying - Classic
Generational Unity in Worship Music - Classic
Human Dignity and Cultural Engagement
Perspectives on the Lord's Supper - Classic
A Theology of Art and Beauty
Learning from Difficult Conversations on Diversity
A Pastoral Perspective on Cultural Engagement
The Evangelical Church and LGBTQ Issues
Resurrection Truth and Hope
Who Is Jesus? - Classic
Beginning Difficult Conversations
Cultural Engagement: Pastoral Practice
Leading with Courage and Compassion
Ministering to Parents of Children with Down Syndrome
The Story of Creation
Cultural Engagement: Busyness, Burnout, and Apathy
Serving Communities at Home and Abroad
Respectfully Engaging World Religions
Money and the Bible - Classic
Cultural Engagement: Understanding the Diversity of the Hispanic Community
An Atheist, Gay Activist Discovers Jesus
How the Holy Spirit Transforms Daily Life - Classic
Experiencing the Christmas Story - Classic
Old Testament Fulfillment in the Christmas Story
Respectfully Engaging Scientology
Cultural Engagement: Advancing the Kingdom of God in the Marketplace
Ministering to People Considering Abortion
Where Eternal Life Takes Us
Respectfully Engaging Buddhism
Thinking Biblically about Church Membership and Discipline
Respectfully Engaging Jainism
The Relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament
Sexual Abuse and the Me Too Movement
Understanding the Nicene Creed - Classic
Respectfully Engaging Islam
Who God Says You Are
Encountering Islam
Cultural Engagement: Difficult Conversations
The Struggle with Infertility - Classic
Respectfully Engaging the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Freedom from Pornography
Stewardship and the Creation Mandate - Classic
A Christian View of Sports - Classic
Women in the Old Testament
Respectfully Engaging Hinduism
Truth, Love, and Defending the Faith - Classic
A Biblical View of Femininity
Ministry in the Workplace
Respectfully Engaging Judaism
Vocation, Faith, and Culture - Classic
Forgiving Forward
Disaster and Crisis Reaction
Respectfully Engaging Animism
Cultural Engagement: A Meeting of East Asia and America
Truth, Beauty, and the Gospel
Millennials Reaching Millennials
Discovering a Theology of Technology - Classic
Respectfully Engaging Shintoism

DTS Voice Articles

Journal Articles

  • "'Who Is This Son of Man?' The Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesus." Library of New Testament Studies (JSNTS) (390). 2011. 78-100.
  • "Is That All There Is? A Response To Lara Guglielmo's' 11Q13, Malchisedek, Coreference, and Restoration of 2 18." Enoch (33). 2011. 73-76.
  • "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 (9). 2011. 3-25.
  • "A Brief Reply to Robert Miller and Amy-Jill Levine." Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (9). 2011. 106-10.
  • "Embracing Jesus in a First Century Context: What Can It Teach Us About Spiritual Commitment?." Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care (3). 2010. 128-39.
  • "Who Do My Opponents Say that I Am? An Investigation of the Accusations against the Historical Jesus." Library of New Testament Studies (328). 2008. 76-94.
  • "Blasphemy and the Jewish Examination of Jesus." Bulletin for Biblical Research (17:1). 2007. 53-114.
  • "The Jesus and Judas Papers: A Look at Recent Claims about Jesus." 2006.
  • "Will the Real Judas Please Stand Up?." 2006.
  • "The Good News of Da Vinci: How a Ludicrous Book Can Become an Opportunity to Engage the Culture." Christianity Today (48:1). 2004. 62-62.
  • Review of "Paul on Trial: the Book of Acts As a Defense of Christianity." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 501-502.
  • "The State of Missions: an Interview with Luis Bush." Christianity Today (47:7). 2003. 26-26.
  • Review of "Studying the Historical Jesus: a Guide to Sources and Methods." Evangelical Review of Theology (27:2). 2003. 189-189.
  • "Darrell Bock: 'Public Square' Societies Keep Us Honest." Christianity Today (47:2). 2003. 86-86.
  • "Do Gender-sensitive Translations Distort Scripture? Not Necessarily." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (45:4). 2002. 651-669.
  • Review of "The Four Gospels and the One Gospel of Jesus Christ: an Investigation of the Collection and Origin of the Canonical Gospels." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 498-499.
  • Review of "The Unity of Luke-Acts." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:635). 2002. 376-377.
  • Review of "Jesus and the Heritage of Israel: Luke's Narrative Claim upon Israel's Legacy." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 250-250.
  • "The Purpose Driven ETS: Where Should We Go? A Look at Jesus Studies and Other Example Cases." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (45:1). 2002. 3-33.
  • Review of "The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research: Previous Discussion and New Proposals." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:633). 2002. 125-127.
  • Review of "Jesus outside the New Testament: an Introduction to the Ancient Evidence." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:631). 2001. 381-381.
  • Review of "Story As History, History As Story: the Gospel Tradition in the Context of Ancient Oral History." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:630). 2001. 245-245.
  • Review of "The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era: Exploring the Background of Early Christianity." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:629). 2001. 125-126.
  • Review of "Jesus the Miracle Worker: a Historical and Theological Study." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 503-505.
  • "No More Hollow Jesus : In Focusing so Intently on Jesus the Man, Peter Jennings' Report Missed the Big Picture." Christianity Today (44:9). 2000. 73-73.
  • Review of "The Jesus Crisis: the Inroads of Historical Criticism into Evangelical Scholarship." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:626). 2000. 232-236.
  • Review of "The Historical Jesus in the 20th Century: 1900-1950." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:625). 2000. 115-116.
  • Review of "Das Evangelium Nach Lukas. Bd 3/2, Lk 9.51-14.35." Review of Biblical Literature (1). 1999. 274-276.
  • "Why I Am a Dispensationalist with a Small "D"." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (41). 1998. 383-396.
  • Review of "Luke-Acts: Angels, Christology and Soteriology." Bibliotheca Sacra (155). 1998. 245-246.
  • "Jesus V Sanhedrin : Why Jesus "Lost" His Trial." Christianity Today (42). 1998. 48-50.
  • Review of "The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (40). 1997. 469-470.
  • Review of "Jesus' Exposition of the Old Testament in Luke's Gospel." Evangelical Quarterly (69). 1997. 160-161.
  • "The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and the Ethics of Jesus." Southwestern Journal of Theology (40). 1997. 63-72.
  • "Key Jewish Texts on Blasphemy and Exaltation and the Jewish Examination of Jesus." Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers (36). 1997. 115-160.
  • Review of "Theological Lexicon of the New Testament, 3 V." Bibliotheca Sacra (153). 1996. 249-250.
  • Review of "Septuagint Quotations in the Context of the Petrine and Pauline Speeches of the Acta Apostolorum." Biblica (77:4). 1996. 567-570.
  • "My Un-American Faith : Why I Stopped "Doing" All I Could for God." Christianity Today (40). 1996. 21-23.
  • "Scandal? A Forum On the Evangelical Mind." Christianity Today (39). 1995. 21-27.
  • Review of "Stewardship and the Kingdom of God: An Historical, Exegetical and Contextual Study of the Parable of the Unjust Steward in Luke 16:1-13." Evangelical Quarterly (67). 1995. 270-271.
  • Review of "Luke 9:21-18:34." Themelios (20). 1995. 23-24.
  • Review of "Issues in Dispensationalism." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 98-101.
  • Review of "Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts." Bibliotheca Sacra (152). 1995. 116-117.
  • Review of "The Death of the Messiah: from Gethsemane to the Grave: a Commentary on the Passion Narratives of the Four Gospels, 2 V." Christianity Today (38). 1994. 34-34.
  • "Charting Dispensationalism : A Group of Progressive Scholars Is Mapping out a Dispensational Theology for a New Era." Christianity Today (38). 1994. 26-29.
  • Review of "The Acts of the Apostles." Bibliotheca Sacra (151). 1994. 371-372.
  • "Current Messianic Activity and OT Davidic Promise : Dispensationalism, Hermeneutics, and NT Fulfillment." Trinity Journal (15:1). 1994. 55-87.
  • Review of "Historiography and Self-definition: Josephus, Luke-Acts and Apologetic Historiography." Westminster Theological Journal (56:1). 1994. 193-195.
  • "The Son of David and the Saints' Task : The Hermeneutics of Initial Fulfillment." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 440-457.
  • Review of "Centering on God: Method and Message in Luke-Acts." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 375-376.
  • Review of "Luke 1-9:20." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 376-376.
  • Review of "From Jewish Prophet to Gentile God: The Origins and Development of New Testament Christology." Criswell Theological Review (6). 1993. 327-329.
  • Review of "Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament, V 2: Ex-Ophōnion." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 111-112.
  • Review of "Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon." Bibliotheca Sacra (150). 1993. 124-124.
  • "Arrogance Is Not a Family Value." Christianity Today (36). 1992. 10-10.
  • Review of "Gospel and Spirit: Issues in New Testament Hermeneutics." Bibliotheca Sacra (149). 1992. 496-496.
  • Review of "To Touch the Text: Biblical and Related Studies in Honor of Joseph A Fitzmyer." Evangelical Quarterly (64). 1992. 178-179.
  • Review of "Narrative Theology in Early Jewish Christianity." Bibliotheca Sacra (149). 1992. 124-125.
  • Review of "Acts." Criswell Theological Review (6). 1992. 138-140.
  • Review of "A Midrash Reader." Bibliotheca Sacra (148). 1991. 374-375.
  • "Understanding Luke's Task : Carefully Building on Precedent (Luke 1:1-4)." Criswell Theological Review (5). 1991. 183-201.
  • Review of "The Progress of Redemption." Themelios (16). 1990. 28-29.
  • "The Use of the Old Testament in Luke-Acts : Christology and Mission." Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers (29). 1990. 494-511.
  • Review of "Understanding Dispensationalists." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (32). 1989. 542-544.
  • Review of "Rethinking Realized Eschatology." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 469–470.
  • Review of "Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 353-354.
  • Review of "Luke the Theologian: Thirty-Three Years of Research (1950-1983)." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 354-354.
  • Review of "Jerusalem: The Temple and the New Age in Luke-Acts." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 355-355.
  • Review of "Sharing the Eucharistic Bread: The Witness of the New Testament." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 355-355.
  • Review of "A Rabbinic Commentary on the New Testament: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 111-111.
  • "A Review of The Gospel According to Jesus, by J F MacArthur, Jr, 1988." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 21-40.
  • Review of "The Gospel According to Jesus." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 21-40.
  • Review of "The First Epistle to the Corinthians." Bibliotheca Sacra (146). 1989. 101-102.
  • Review of "The Bible in the Churches: How Different Christians Interpret the Scriptures." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (30). 1987. 231-233.
  • "Is Matthew Midrash." Bibliotheca Sacra (144). 1987. 157-180.
  • Review of "New Gospel Parallels, V 1: The Synoptic Gospels." Bibliotheca Sacra (144). 1987. 234-235.
  • Review of "New Gospel Parallels, V 2: John and the Other Gospels." Bibliotheca Sacra (144). 1987. 234-235.
  • Review of "A Student's Manual of New Testament Greek Accents." Bibliotheca Sacra (144). 1987. 116-117.
  • Review of "The Uses of the Old Testament in the New." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (29:4). 1986. 488-490.
  • Review of "The Message of 1 Corinthians." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 376-377.
  • Review of "The Uses of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 279-280.
  • "Jesus As Lord in Acts and in the Gospel Message." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 146-154.
  • Review of "The Spirit and the Congregation: Studies in 1 Corinthians 12-15." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 182-183.
  • Review of "Daniel and Revelation: Riddles or Realities." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (29:1). 1986. 106-108.
  • Review of "Theological Dictionary of the New Testament." Bibliotheca Sacra (143). 1986. 85-86.
  • "Evangelicals and the Use of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra (142). 1985. 306-319.
  • Review of "The Ascension of Our Lord." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (28:3). 1985. 346-347.
  • "Evangelicals and the Use of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra (142). 1985. 209-223.
  • Review of "The Resurrection Narratives: A Redactional Study." Bibliotheca Sacra (142). 1985. 282-283.
  • Review of "Colossians, Philemon." Bibliotheca Sacra (142). 1985. 187-188.
  • Review of "Semantics of New Testament Greek." Bibliotheca Sacra (141). 1984. 371-371.
  • Review of "Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics." Bibliotheca Sacra (141). 1984. 280-281.
  • Review of "Typos: The Typological Interpretation of the Old Testament in the New." Bibliotheca Sacra (140). 1983. 274-275.
  • Review of "The Other Gospels: Non-Canonical Gospel Texts." Bibliotheca Sacra (140). 1983. 282-282.
  • Review of "A Christological Catechism." Bibliotheca Sacra (140). 1983. 79-80.