David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago received the first 2004 Fortress Press Award for Graduate and Seminary Teaching at the American Association of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on November 21. The award is given for innovative teaching. Rhoads was chosen for the award for incorporating oral performance of scripture in his teaching, for the development of diverse methodologies for studying the Bible, the use of teaching methods that foster a diverse cultural interpretation of the Bible, and for empowering leadership on issues related to the environment.
Rhoads' latest book is Reading Mark: Engaging the Gospel published in 2004 by Fortress Press. He is the author of Mark as Story and The Challenge of Diversity: The Witness of Paul and the Gospels and is co-editor of Characterization in the Gospels: Rethinking Narrative Criticism. Rhoads directs the web site, Web of Creation, www.webofcreation.org, which provides ecumenical educational and worship environmental resources for congregations. Rhoads is an accomplished oral interpreter of Biblical writings including Gospel of Mark, the Letter to the Galatians, I Peter, and Revelation. He joined the LSTC faculty in 1988 and holds degrees from Gettysburg College, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Oxford University and Duke University.