Dr. James R. Edwards has taught Theology at Whitworth University since 1997. He is currently the Bruner-Welch Chair of Theology. Previously he taught Theology at Jamestown College, ND for 19 years.


Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary)
New Testament Studies, (University of Zürich, Switzerland;
University of Tübingen, Germany) M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
B.A. (Whitworth University)


The Gospel of Luke (Forthcoming – Eerdmans, 2015);
The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition (Eerdmans, 2009);
The Gospel of Mark, PNTC (Eerdmans, 2002);
Is Jesus the Only Savior? (Eerdmans, 2005);
The Divine Intruder (NavPress, 2000).
Romans, NIBC (Hendrickson’s 1992).

WCPPC 2015:


In the seventy-five years between the death of Jesus and the death of Ignatius of Antioch in A.D. 107–a single generation, in other words–the movement founded by Jesus was transformed from a Jewish, Aramaic-speaking, rural, Palestinian band of followers into a largely Gentile, Greek-speaking, urban church in the Roman Empire.  Never since has the Christian church undergone such change.  In the the midst of this change, however, the church not only retained the “essential tenets” of its faith, but refined and matured them, enabling it to be an effective witness in Greco-Roman Society.  How did this happen, and what can it teach those of us who seek to be responsible pastor-teachers in the 21st century?  We’ll be drawing from Acts and Paul’s letters, but also on occasion from Apostolic Fathers and even Roman sources (e.g., Pliny’s letter to Trajan w/ref. to early Christians).