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David M. Rhoads

Professor of New Testament, Emeritus

David M. Rhoads

Email: drhoads@lstc.edu

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Education

B.A. Gettysburg College
M.A. Oxford University
M.Div. Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Ph.D. Duke University

Profile

David Rhoads, professor of New Testament, emeritus, joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago faculty in 1988. He previously was professor of religion at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., where he was named teacher of the year for 1973-74. He has written numerous articles, and is the author of Mark as Story and The Challenge of Diversity, two well-known texts. In 2004, he published Reading Mark, Engaging the Gospel. In 2005, he published From Every People and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective, a book that brings together many voices reading the Book of Revelation from their place and mining its meaning for different social locations. In 2007, he edited a collection of sermons from well-known environmentalists in the faith community, Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet. He is a passionate advocate for eco-justice and environmental ministry, and coordinates both the environmental ministry emphasis and the biblical studies emphasis. He is married to the Rev. Sandra Roberts. They live in Racine, Wisconsin, where they raise two grandchildren.

Biography

David M. Rhoads is professor of New Testament, Emeritus, at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Ordained in 1968, Rhoads was pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Asheboro, N.C.(1968-1970), and professor of religion at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. (1963-1968), before joining the seminary's faculty in 1988. He is married to the Rev. Sandra Roberts. He has two children and five grandchildren, two of whom he and Sandra raise. They live in Racine, Wisconsin.

Widely published, Rhoads is the author of several books including Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (Fortress Press 1999. Revised edition with Joanna Dewey and Donald Michie), and The Challenge of Diversity: The Witness of Paul and the Gospels (Fortress 1996). In 1999, he edited with Kari Syreeni the book, Characterization in the Gospels: Rethinking Narrative Criticism (Sheffield Academic Press). In 2004, he published a collection of his essays, Reading Mark, Engaging the Gospel. In 2006, he edited From Every People and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective, a collection of essays by scholars from many different social locations. He is an accomplished oral interpreter of Biblical writings that include The Gospel of Mark, the Sermon on the Mount, Galatians, James, I Peter and the Book of Revelation. In addition, he has taught in the Select program of video courses for continuing theological education.

An enthusiastic environmentalist, Rhoads is advisor to the seminary's Green Zone Committee and has planned eco-conferences, edited guidebooks for parishes, and helped initiate "The Web of Creation," an online environmental service for congregations (www.webofcreation.org). He now also directs the Green Congregation Program, which works primarily with clusters of congregations in some Midwest synods of the ELCA. In 2007, he edited a collection of sermons by 36 different theologians and preachers: Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet (Continuum, 2007). Rhoads also recently wrote The Green Congregation Training Manual, and with David Glover, An Environmental Guide for Churches, Their Buildings and Grounds. Both are availale online at www.webofcreation.org.

Rhoads received the bachelor of arts degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., and the bachelor of divinity degree from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. The master of arts degree was bestowed by Oxford University, Oxford, England, and the doctor of philosophy degree by Duke University, Durham, N.C. Rhoads recently received the Fortress Press Teacher of the Year Award for Innovative Teaching in a Graduate Setting (2004) and was named Distinguished Alumnus, by the Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary (2005).

Published Works

Books

Editor with Norman Habel and Paul Santmire, The Seasons of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (Fortress Press, 2011)

Performance Criticism (in press, Wipf and Stock, 2008).

Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, Editor. Continuum Press, 2007.

The Green Congregation Training Manual revised edition. Web of Creation Publication, 2005.

An Environmental Guide for Churches, their Buildings and Grounds, co-edited with David Glover. Web of Creation Publication.

From Every People and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective. Editor. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005.

Reading Mark, Engaging the Gospel. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004.

Mark as Story: An Introduction to the Narrative of a Gospel (revised edition) with Joanna Dewey and Donald Michie. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.

Characterization in the Gospels: Rethinking Narrative Criticism, ed. with Kari Syreeni. Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.

The Challenge of Diversity: The Witness of Paul and the Gospels. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1996.

Epiphany (Proclamation 5; Series B): Interpreting the Lessons of the Church Year. Fortress, 1993.

Israel in Revolution 6-74 C. E. A Political History of Israel based on the Writings of Josephus. Fortress, 1976.

Articles and Chapters in Books

Norman Habel, and Paul Santmire, editors: The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fortress Press (July 20, 2013)

“Hospitality in the Classroom” in Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 40, No. 4 (August, 2013) 255-261

“Teaching as Vocation: Autobiographical Reflections” in Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 40, No. 4 (August, 2013) 262-273

“Mark as Story Reflections” with Joanna Dewey and Donald Michie in Mark as Story: Retrospect and Prospect (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011)

“Recovering the Bible as Oral Performances in Community” in Teaching the Bible in the Parish (and Beyond) (Hein Fry Lectures for 2010) (Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2011)

 “A Beloved Earth Community: Christian Mission” (and Barbara Rossing),  in Mission after Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission (Louisville, KY, Westminster John Knox Press, 2010) 128-143

“Stewardship of Creation,” Currents in Theology and Mission Vol.36 No. 5 (October 2009): 335-340

“Scholarship in the Service of the Church: More Essays in Honor of  Ralph W. Klein,” Currents in Theology and Mission, Vol. 35, No. 5 (October 2008) 322-326

"The Political Jesus: Can There Be Any Other?" in Mission with the Marginalized: Life and Witness of Rev. Dr. Prasanna K. Samuel, Edited by Samuel Meshack. Tiruvalla: Christava Sahitya Samithi. (2007).

"Performance Criticism: An Emerging Discipline in Second Testament Studies" (Part One and Part Two) Biblical Theology Bulletin (2006).

"Children of Abraham, Children of God: Metaphorical Kinship in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians" Currents in Theology and Mission (August, 2004).

"Who will Speak for the Sparrow? Eco-Justice Criticism and the New Testament" in Literary Encounters with the Reign of God: Festschrift for Robert Tannehill. T & T Clark. (2003).

"Narrative Criticism: Practices and Prospects." In Characterization in the Gospels. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, (1999).

"The Letter of James: Friend of God." Currents in Theology and Mission (1998).

"From Domination to Mutuality in THE PIANO and the Gospel of Mark" with Sandra Roberts in Theology and Film. Blackwells. (1997).

"Reading the New Testament in an Environmental Age." Currents in Theology and Mission 24/3 (1997) 259-266.

"The Story of Mark." In The Bible Today (1996).

"Mission in the Gospel of Mark" Currents in Theology and Mission (1995).

"Network for Mission: The Social System of the Jesus Movement in the Gospel of Mark" in Rise and Decline of the Roman World,Part II: Principate 26.2 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1995) 1692-1729.

"The Syro-Phoenician Woman: A Narrative-Critical Study" Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1994).

"Losing Life in the Face of Death: Mark's Standards of Judgment" Interpretation (1993)

"The Zealots," The Anchor Bible Dictionary Doubleday. (1992).

"...And With a Good Novel in the Other Hand: Why Pastors Should Read Literature" Word and World (1992).

"The Gospel of Matthew: Two Ways--Hypocrisy or Righteousness" Currents in Theology and Mission (1992).

"Performing the Gospel of Mark" in Body and Bible ed by R. Krondorfer (Trinity Press International, 1992).

"Social Criticism: Crossing Boundaries" in Mark and Method ed. by Janice Capel Anderson and Stephen Moore (Fortress, 1992).

"The Role of the Church in the Care of the Earth" Currents in Theology and Mission (1991).

"The Gospel of Mark and Human Vocation" Entree (1991).

"Diversity in the Bible" Dialogue (1985).

"Narrative Criticism of the Gospel of Mark" Journal of the American Academy of Religion (1982).

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