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Stanley E. Porter

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Stan has taught for over twenty-five years in post-secondary institutions in Canada, the USA, and the UK. He came to McMaster Divinity College in 2001 as the President and Professor of New Testament, and is now in his twelfth year at the College. His publications include eighteen authored books and over 230 authored journal articles and chapters, along with over a hundred other shorter pieces; he has also edited nearly 80 volumes. Stan has a wide range of academic specialties. These include Greek language and linguistics, hermeneutics and various methods of interpretation, and the range of New Testament studies from the Gospels to John to Acts to Paul. He is also a specialist in papyrological and text-oriented research, and is very interested in the wider Greco-Roman world. Stan has a vision for McMaster Divinity College to continue to serve as a first choice seminary of academic excellence and exemplary leadership training.

Practical Ministry Experience: 

Stan has served in various ministry capacities, including young adult ministry and developing a lay training institute for the local church. He preaches and speaks widely representing McMaster Divinity College, but is also active in his local church, where he often teaches young adults and preaches. Stan hosts and regularly preaches in the McMaster Divinity College chapel services, as well as speaking at various denominational events.

Research Interests: 

My research interests revolve around the language, writings and texts of the New Testament, and how they are interpreted. This takes me into the language and linguistic issues of the Greek of the New Testament and Hellenistic worlds, especially as this can be examined through the lens of modern discourse analytical and hermeneutical methods. In conjunction, I also have a keen interest in the actual manuscripts that reflect the growth and development of the New Testament and related textual tradition. Finally, a number of the biblical authors continue to fascinate me, and provide focus for some of my research interests, including John, Luke, but especially Paul.

Current Projects: 

I am currently engaged in major writing projects on hermeneutics, the Gospel of John, and literary interpretation of the Bible. I have co-authored an introductory volume on various hermeneutical methods, and am hoping soon to complete writing my own approach to hermeneutics. My book on John’s Gospel and essays on literary interpretation should be ready for the publisher within the year. As I work on these projects I am also writing commentaries on the Book of Romans, the Pastoral Epistles, John’s Gospel, Luke’s Gospel, 1 and 2 Maccabees, and my big commentary project, the Book of Acts.



I am also always involved in research in Greek language and linguistics. Currently, I am working to complete a series of graded Greek grammars. The elementary grammar and workbook are now out, and I and others are working on subsequent volumes that will culminate in a full reference grammar of Hellenistic Greek, and include other instructional and linguistic tools along the way.

 Several other topics that I also try to work on when I have time are several projects on Paul, including editing the series Pauline Studies. I have some new ideas regarding Paul and wish to get them into print soon. I am also keenly involved in research regarding papyrology, especially New Testament and other literary texts as they developed.



As a final project, I am always interested in writing on contemporary issues that continue to plague the Evangelical church and that are relevant for theological education.

Publications: 

Authored Volumes

Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament, with Reference to Tense and Mood. Studies in Biblical Greek 1. New York and Bern: Peter Lang, 1989, 2nd ed. 1993 (paperback), reprinted 2003 (paperback). xii + 582 pp. 

Idioms of the Greek New Testament. Biblical Languages: Greek 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1992 (hardback and paperback), 2nd ed. 1994 (paperback), reprinted many times. 339 pp.

Καταλλάσσω in Ancient Greek Literature, with Reference to the Pauline Writings. Estudios de Filología Neotestamentaria 5. Córdoba, Spain: Ediciones el Almendro, 1994. 189 pp.

New Testament Introduction, co-author with Lee M. McDonald. IBR Bibliographies 12. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1995. 234 pp.

Studies in the Greek New Testament: Theory and Practice. Studies in Biblical Greek 6. New York and Bern: Peter Lang, 1996. viii + 290 pp.

The Grammarian’s Rebirth: Dead Languages and Live Issues in Current Biblical Study. Inaugural Professorial Lecture, 5 December 1995, Roehampton Institute London. London: Roehampton Institute London, 1996. 25 pp.

An Annotated Bibliography of 1 and 2 Thessalonians, co-author with Jeffrey A.D. Weima. New Testament Tools and Studies 26. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1998. x + 292 pp.

The Paul of Acts: Essays in Literary Criticism, Rhetoric, and Theology. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 115. Tübingen: Mohr–Siebeck, 1999. X + 233 pp.; repr. Paul in Acts. Library of Pauline Studies. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2001; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010. X + 233 pp. (paperback)

The Criteria for Authenticity in Historical-Jesus Research: Previous Discussion and New Proposals. JSNT Supplement Series 191. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 299 pp.; repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback)

Early Christianity and its Sacred Literature, co-author with Lee Martin McDonald. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2000. xxviii + 708 pp.

Unmasking the Pagan Christ: An Evangelical Response to the Cosmic Christ Idea, co-author with Stephen J. Bedard. Toronto: Clements Publishing, 2006. 169 pp. (Award of Merit, The Word Guild 2007 Canadian Christian Writing Awards, Books—Apologetics/Evangelism, 13 June 2007)

The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact from Fiction, co-author with Gordon L. Heath. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. viii + 127 pp. Translated into Polish.: Zaginiona Ewangelia Judasza: Fakty I Fikcje. Krakow: Wydawnictwo, 2008

New Testament Greek Papyri and Parchments: New Editions: Texts, co-author with Wendy J. Porter. Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer) Neue Serie XXIX. Folge (MPER XXIX). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2008. XIV + 306 pp.

New Testament Greek Papyri and Parchments: New Editions: Plates, co-author with Wendy J. Porter. Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer) Neue Serie XXX. Folge (MPER XXX). Berlin: De Gruyter, 2008. 55 plates.

Inking the Deal: A Guide for Successful Academic Publishing. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010. xii + 191 pp.

Fundamentals of New Testament Greek, co-author with Jeffrey T. Reed and Matthew Brook O’Donnell. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. xxii + 466 pp.

Fundamentals of New Testament Greek: Workbook, co-author with Jeffrey T. Reed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. xii + 260 pp.

Hermeneutics: An Introduction to Interpretive Theory, co-author with Jason C. Robinson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011. xx + 308 pp.

How Did We Get Our New Testament? Text, Transmission, Translation. Grand Rapids: Baker (in press)

Edited Volumes

The Bible in Three Dimensions: Essays in Celebration of Forty Years of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, co-editor with David J.A. Clines and Stephen E. Fowl, and contributor. JSOT Supplement Series 87. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1990. 408 pp.

The Language of the New Testament: Classic Essays, editor and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 60. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991. 238 pp.

Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics: Open Questions in Current Research, co-editor with D.A. Carson, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 80. Studies in New Testament Greek 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993. 217 pp.

Rhetoric and the New Testament: Essays from the 1992 Heidelberg Conference, co-editor with Thomas H. Olbricht, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 90. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993. 538 pp.

Crossing the Boundaries: Essays on Biblical Interpretation in Honour of Michael D. Goulder, co-editor with Paul Joyce and David E. Orton, and contributor. Biblical Interpretation Series 8. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994. 381 pp.

G. Zuntz, Greek: A Course in Classical and Post-Classical Greek Grammar from Original Texts (Griechischer Lehrgang), editor. Biblical Languages: Greek 4. 3 parts in 2 vols. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994. 704 pp., 433 pp. (hardback and paperback)

Discourse Analysis and Other Topics in Biblical Greek, co-editor with D.A. Carson, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 113. Studies in New Testament Greek 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 227 pp.

The Toronto Blessing—or Is It?, co-editor with Philip J. Richter, and contributor. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1995. 130 pp. (paperback)

The Pauline Writings: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 34. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 300 pp. (paperback); repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback)

The Johannine Writings: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 32. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 267 pp. (paperback)

The Historical Jesus: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 33. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 314 pp. (paperback)

The Synoptic Gospels: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 31. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 313 pp. (paperback)

Approaches to New Testament Study, co-editor with David Tombs, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 120. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 392 pp.

The Nature of Religious Language: A Colloquium, editor and contributor. Roehampton Institute London Papers 1. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. 312 pp. (hardback and paperback)

Rhetoric, Scripture and Theology: Essays from the 1994 Pretoria Conference, co-editor with Thomas H. Olbricht. JSNT Supplement Series 131. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996. 438 pp.

New Testament Backgrounds: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 43. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 335 pp. (paperback)

New Testament Text and Language: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 44. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 311 pp. (paperback)

Images of Christ: Ancient and Modern, co-editor with Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs, and contributor. Roehampton Institute London Papers 2. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 406 pp. (hardback and paperback); repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback)

New Testament Interpretation and Methods: A Sheffield Reader, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. The Biblical Seminar 45. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 321 pp. (paperback)

The Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture: Essays from the 1995 London Conference, co-editor with Thomas H. Olbricht, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 146. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 504 pp.

Handbook of Classical Rhetoric in the Hellenistic Period 330 B.C.–A.D. 400, editor and contributor. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1997, reprinted 2001 (paperback). xvi + 901 pp.

The Scrolls and the Scriptures: Qumran Fifty Years After, co-editor with Craig A. Evans, and contributor. Roehampton Institute London Papers 3. JSP Supplement Series 26. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997. 414 pp. (hardback and paperback)

Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament, editor and contributor. New Testament Tools and Studies 25. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1997, reprinted 2002 (paperback), electronic form 2003. xiv + 638 pp.

Translating the Bible: Problems and Prospects, co-editor with Richard S. Hess, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 173. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999, repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback). 336 pp.;

The Rhetorical Interpretation of Scripture: Essays from the 1996 Malibu Conference, co-editor with Dennis L. Stamps, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 180. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 394 pp.

Discourse Analysis and the New Testament: Approaches and Results, co-editor with Jeffrey T. Reed, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 170. Studies in New Testament Greek 4. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 425 pp.

Linguistics and the New Testament: Critical Junctures, co-editor with D.A. Carson, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 168. Studies in New Testament Greek 5. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 297 pp.

Baptism, the New Testament and the Church: Historical and Contemporary Studies in Honour of R.E.O. White, co-editor with Anthony R. Cross, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 171. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 497 pp.

Resurrection, co-editor with Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs, and contributor. Roehampton Institute London Papers 5. JSNT Supplement Series 186. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999. 376 pp. (hardback and paperback); repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback)

Diglossia and Other Topics in New Testament Linguistics, editor and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 193. Studies in New Testament Greek 6. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 305 pp.

Christian–Jewish Relations through the Centuries, co-editor with Brook W.R. Pearson, and contributor. Roehampton Papers 6. JSNT Supplement Series 192. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 503 pp.; repr. T. & T. Clark Academic Paperbacks. London: T. & T. Clark International, 2004 (paperback)

Dictionary of New Testament Background, co-editor with Craig A. Evans, and contributor. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000. xxxiv + 1328 pp. Translated into multiple languages.

            2001 Gold Medallion Award for Reference Works/Commentaries, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association

Faith in the Millennium, co-editor with Michael A. Hayes and David Tombs, and contributor. Roehampton Papers 7. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 493 pp.

William Sanday, Essays in Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, co-editor with Craig A. Evans, with the assistance of Scott N. Dolff. Classics in Biblical and Theological Studies 1. JSNT Supplement Series 225. Sheffield: Trinity Academic Press/Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 242 pp.

Rhetorical Criticism and the Bible, co-editor with Dennis L. Stamps, and contributor. JSNT Supplement Series 195. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002. 571 pp.

J. Arthur Baird, Holy Word: The Paradigm of New Testament Formation, co-editor with Craig A. Evans. Current Issues in Biblical Theology 1. JSNT Supplement Series 224. Sheffield: Trinity Academic Press/Sheffield Academic Press, 2002. 268 pp.

Dimensions of Baptism: Biblical and Theological Studies, co-editor with Anthony R. Cross. JSNT Supplement Series 234. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002. 401 pp.

The Concept of the Covenant in the Second Temple Period, co-editor with Jacqueline C.R. de Roo, and contributor. Journal for the Study of Judaism Supplements 71. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003. xiv + 343 pp.; repr. Atlanta: Society of Bibical Literature, 2007 (paperback)

Semper Reformandum: Studies in Honour of Clark H. Pinnock, co-editor with Anthony R. Cross, and contributor. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003. xiv + 414 pp. (paperback)

Reading the Gospels Today, editor and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004. xviii + 211 pp. (paperback)

The Pauline Canon, editor and contributor. Pauline Studies 1 (PAST 1). Leiden: Brill, 2004. xiv + 254 pp.; repr. Atlanta: Society of Bibical Literature, 2009 (paperback)

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 1 (2000), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell and Wendy J. Porter. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2004. 237 pp.

Albert Wifstrand, Epochs and Styles: Selected Writings on the New Testament, Greek Language and Greek Culture in the Post-Classical Era, co-editor with Lars Rydbeck. Trans. Denis Searby. WUNT 179. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005. VIII + 241 pp.

Paul and His Opponents, editor and contributor. Pauline Studies 2 (PAST 2). Leiden: Brill, 2005. xii + 257 pp.; repr. Atlanta: Society of Bibical Literature, 2009 (paperback)

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 2 (2001-2005), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell and Wendy J. Porter. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2005. 253 pp.

Hearing the Old Testament in the New Testament, editor and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006. 316 pp. (paperback)

Paul and His Theology, editor and contributor. Pauline Studies 3 (PAST 3). Leiden: Brill, 2006. xiv + 454 pp.

The Intertextuality of the Epistles: Explorations of Theory and Practice, co-editor with Thomas L. Brodie and Dennis R. MacDonald, and contributor. New Testament Monographs 16. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006. xvi + 311 pp.

            Essay by Paul Elbert, “Possible Literary Links between Luke–Acts and Pauline Letters Regarding Spirit-Language,’ pp. 226-54, awarded 2007 Award of Excellence by The Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 3 (2006), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell and Wendy J. Porter, with assistant editor Lois K. Fuller. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2006. 246 pp.

Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation, editor and contributor. London and New York: Routledge, 2007, reprinted 2009 (paper). xii + 406 pp.

The Messiah in the Old and New Testaments, editor and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007. xiv + 268 pp. (paperback)

Method in Unit Delimitation, co-editor with Marjo C.A. Korpel and Josef M. Oesch, and contributor. Pericope 6. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2007. viii + 231 pp.

            Reviews (1): Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 8 (2008)

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 4 (2007), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Wendy J. Porter and Lois K. Dow. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2008. 232 pp.

Paul’s World, editor and contributor. Pauline Studies 4 (PAST 4). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008. 284 pp.

As It Is Written: Studying Paul’s Use of Scripture, co-editor with Christopher D. Stanley, and contributor. Symposium Series 50. Atlanta: SBL Publications, 2008. xii + 376 pp. (paperback); repr. Leiden: Brill, 2008 (hardback)

The Impact of Unit Delimitation on Exegesis, co-editor with Raymond de Hoop and Marjo C.A. Korpel, and contributor. Pericope 7. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008. viii + 285 pp.

Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman, editor and contributor. Pauline Studies 5 (PAST 5). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2008. xiv + 370 pp.

Christian Worldview and the Academic Disciplines: Crossing the Academy, co-editor with Deane E.D. Downey, and contributor. McMaster Divinity College Press General Series. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009. xxxviii + 503 pp. (paper)

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 5 (2008), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Wendy J. Porter and Lois K. Dow. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009. 241 pp.

Translating the New Testament: Text, Translation, Theology, co-editor with Mark J. Boda, and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009. xvi + 360 pp.

The Linguist as Pedagogue: Trends in the Teaching and Linguistic Analysis of the Greek New Testament, co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell, and contributor. New Testament Monographs 11. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009. xii + 249 pp.

Paul and the Ancient Letter Form, co-editor with Sean A. Adams, and contributor. Pauline Studies 6 (PAST 6). Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2010. xiv + 369 pp.

Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments, co-editor with Cynthia Long Westfall, and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010. xii + 259 pp.

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 6 (2009), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Wendy J. Porter and Lois K. Dow. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010. 243 pp.

Empire in the New Testament, co-editor with Cynthia Long Westfall, and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2010. xiv + 305 pp.

Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus, co-editor with Tom Holmén, and contributor. 4 vols. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2011. xii + 3652 pp.

            Volume 1: How to Study the Historical Jesus. xii + 1-852

            Volume 2: The Study of Jesus. xii + 853-1818

            Volume 3: The Historical Jesus. xii + 1819-2910

            Volume 4: Individual Studies. xii + 2911-3652

Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 7 (2010), co-editor with Matthew Brook O’Donnell, Wendy J. Porter and Lois K. Dow. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2011. 207 pp.

Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views, co-editor with Beth M. Stovell, and contributor. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2012. 224 pp.

The Church, Then and Now, co-editor with Cynthia Long Westfall, and contributor. McMaster New Testament Studies. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, Publications, 2012 (in press)

On the Writing of New Testament Commentaries: Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday, co-editor with Eckhard J. Schnabel, and contributor. Texts and Editions for New Testament Study. Leiden: Brill (in press)

Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament, co-editor with Andrew W. Pitts, and contributor. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic World 1. Texts and Editions for New Testament Study. Leiden: Brill (in press)

Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament, co-editor with Andrew W. Pitts, and contributor. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic World 2. Texts and Editions for New Testament Study. Leiden: Brill (in press)

The Language of the New Testament: Context, History, and Development, co-editor with Andrew W. Pitts, and contributor. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic World 3. Linguistic Biblical Studies. Leiden: Brill (in press)

Horizons in Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honor of Anthony C. Thiselton, co-editor with Matthew R. Malcolm, and contributor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (in press)

Paul and His Social Relations, co-editor with Christopher D. Land, and contributor. Pauline Studies 7 (PAST 7). Leiden: Brill (in press)