New Provost at Gordon-Conwell: Frank James of RTS

Via Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds & Adam Couturier at Thoughts from a Young, Slightly Cantankerous, Aspiring Theologian:

Frank James, president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla., will become provost at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An announcement delivered to the students of RTS by Mark Futato (academic dean at RTS) is available online.

Dr. James’ bio is available on the RTS website:

Texas Tech University, B.A.
Westminster Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D.
Oxford University, D.Phil.


Frank Allison James III is President of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He also serves as Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology and Professor of Church History. He was awarded the D.Phil. in History from Oxford University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary/Pennsylvania in 2000. He was a recipient of a Lilly Theological Research Grant (1999), elected by the faculty of Keble College, Oxford University, to membership of the Senior Common Room (1994); was awarded an Overseas Research Students Award, (1991-1992); Isaiah Berlin Bursary at Oxford University (1990 91); Leonard J. Theberge Memorial Scholarship at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University (1991-1993); Oxford University Research Grant, (1991); The Christina Drake Research Award for Italian Studies at the Taylor Institution, Oxford University (1991); and the St. Peter’s College Graduate Award, Oxford (1990-1992). He has given lectures at distinguished universities and research institutes around the globe including, All Souls College, Oxford University, Institut fur schweizerische Reformationsgeschichte at the University of Zurich, Johannes A’ Lasco Bibliothek, Emden, Germany, The University of Padua, Italy and the Evangelikaini teologicky seminar, Prague, Czech Republic.

Selected Publications
His publications include: Editor/Author, Peter Martyr Vermigli and the European Reformations: Semper Reformanda, Studies in the History of Christian Thought (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004); Co-editor/Author, with Charles E. Hill, The Glory of the Atonement: In Biblical, Theological and Historical Perspective (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004; Editor/Translator, Two Theological Loci: Predestination and Justification. Peter Martyr Library vol. 8, (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2003)); Co-Editor/Author, with Emidio Campi and Peter Opitz (both of the University of Zurich), Peter Martyr Vermigli: Humanism, Republicanism and Reformation, Travaux d’Humanisme et Renaissance CCCLXV (Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2002); Coeditor/Translator, with J. Patrick Donnelly and Joseph C. McLelland, The Peter Martyr Reader (Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 1999); Author, Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer, Oxford Theological Monographs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998); Co-editor/Author with Heiko Augustus Oberman, Via Augustini: The Recovery of Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Studies in Medieval and Reformation Thought 48, (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1991); and since 1996, he has been General Editor of the Peter Martyr Library (with Joseph C. McLelland of McGill University and J. Patrick Donnelly of Marquette University); and Senior Editor, Ad Fontes: Digital Library of Classical Theological Texts, with Alister E. McGrath (Oxford University), Richard A. Muller (Calvin Seminary) and Herman Selderhuis (Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn). In addition, he has published many articles and essays in academic and popular journals.

He was Lecturer in Philosophy and History, Villanova University (1986-87); Assistant Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westmont College (1987-89); Contributing Editor at Christian History Magazine, (1986-89); Regular Visiting Professor of Reformation History, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, affiliated to Keble College, Oxford University (1989-2001).

What Have They Done with Jesus? – Witherington Lectures at GCTS

Recently three lectures by Ben Witherington, titled “What Have They Done with Jesus?”, were given at the Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The lectures are based on his book (subtitled Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History—Why We Can Trust the Bible).

From the seminary web site:

Two thousand years after his birth, Jesus is still making headlines. From best-selling books to television specials and movies, Jesus’ life and works are being discussed by Christians and non-Christians alike. However, the Jesus being discussed often looks very little like the Jesus of traditional Christianity. How should thoughtful Christians respond to these radical portrayals of Jesus?

The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary campus in Charlotte, North Carolina, presented a series of lectures on the theme What Have They Done with Jesus?, featuring noted biblical scholar and Charlotte native Dr. Ben Witherington III, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary.

  • First Lecture, What Have They Done With Jesus?
  • Second Lecture, The Talpiot Tomb – The Family Tomb of Jesus?
  • Third Lecture, The Jesus History and the Pseudo-Christ of Gnosticism.

Listen to the lectures HERE.

HT: Kar Yong at “homilia of a budding NT scholar” (a GCTS alumnus).