J.D. Atkins, PhD

Job Title: 

Adjunct Professor, New Testament Greek




Ph.D., New Testament and Early Christianity, Marquette University (2017); Th.M., New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2009); M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary (2006); B.S.E., Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania (1999); B.S., Economics, University of Pennsylvania (1999)


Dr. Atkins’s favorite part of teaching is helping students to discover and enjoy the riches of Scripture. His prior teaching experience includes courses in New Testament and Greek at Nashotah House, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Marquette University, and Asian Theological Seminary—an interdenominational school in Quezon City, Philippines. He also teaches a 9-month training course in biblical interpretation and theology for church staff, chaplains, and lay leaders at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Atkins’s primary area of research is intertextuality in early Christian literature. His work on intertextuality revolves around three foci: source and redaction criticism in the Gospels, the New Testament use of the Old Testament, and the reception of the Gospels in the second century. Dr. Atkins’s other research interests include biblical hermeneutics, the resurrection of Jesus, the Pentateuch, early patristic and gnostic literature, and the origins and development of Christology.

Prior to his career in academia, Atkins served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, where for several years he trained Bible study leaders and led an outreach ministry to intellectuals and skeptics. He also worked for number of years in the business and technology consulting industry. Dr. Atkins enjoys playing, coaching, and watching soccer. And he is a fan of science fiction, high fantasy, and historical fantasy. Dr. Atkins and his wife, Alice, have two children.

The Doubt of the Apostles and the Resurrection Faith of the Early Church. WUNT II. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck (forthcoming). 

“The Trial of the People and the Prophet: John 5:30-47 and the True and False Prophet Traditions.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75 (2013): 279-96.
“Reassessing the Origins of Deuteronomic Prophecy: Early Moses Traditions in Deuteronomy 18:15-22.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 23 (2013): 323-41. 
“New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Methods.” In The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Edited by John D. Barry and Lazarus Wentz. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2015.






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