Garwood P. Anderson, PhD

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Garwood P. Anderson, PhD

Donald J. Parsons Distinguished Professor of Biblical Interpretation 

PhD in New Testament, Marquette University
MA in New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
BA in Music, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Get to Know Dr. Anderson

Anderson has been a member of the Nashotah House faculty since 2007 and has served as Dean since 2017.

Before coming to Nashotah House, Anderson was on the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary (Orlando, Florida, campus) from 2002 to 2007. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Bethel Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and the West African Theological Seminary in Lagos, Nigeria. Prior to his academic career, he served for seventeen years on the campus staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (1984-2001), where he ministered on numerous college campuses, including as the Divisional Director for Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, for eleven years.

A committed teacher and frequent retreat speaker, Anderson was recognized with Asbury Theological Seminary’s 2006-2007 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award. Anderson’s research interests center especially on narrative approaches to reading the gospels, the parables of Jesus, Pauline soteriology, and the theological appropriation of the New Testament.

Anderson’s hobbies include sports of all kinds and music—especially classical, English choral music, and jazz. He was married to his wife Dawn in 1983, and they have three adult children, two sons-in-law, a daughter-in law, and two grandchildren. He and his family attend Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Selected Publications

  • Books
    • Paul’s New Perspective: Charting a Soteriological Journey. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.

  • Articles and Book Chapters
    • “Parables and Polyvalence: How Many Things Do We Mean?” Journal for the Study of the New Testament (forthcoming).

    • “Paul and Justification.” In The Pauline Mind. Routledge Religious Minds. Edited by Stanley E. Porter and David I. Yoon. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming.

    • “Seeking and Saving What Might Have Been Lost: Luke’s Restoration of an Enigmatic Parable Tradition.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 70 (2008): 729-49.

    • “Law” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Edited by Scot McKnight, Lynn Cohick, and Nijay Gupta. 2d edition. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, forthcoming.

    • “Freedom” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Edited by Scot McKnight, Lynn Cohick, and Nijay Gupta. 2d edition. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, forthcoming.

    • “Parables.” Pages 651-63 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Edited by Joel B. Green, Nicholas Perrin, and Jeannine K. Brown. 2d edition. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013.

    • “Jülicher, Adolf (1857-1938).” Pages 585-89 in Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters. Edited by Donald K. McKim. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007.

    • Entries in New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary. 5 vols. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, ed. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008-2009

    • Legion
    • Message
    • Reward
    • Ruler of the Synagogue
    • Seek
    • Tradition History, NT

    • Entries in Lexham Bible Dictionary, Logos Bible Software

    • Messianic Woes
    • Purgatory

    • Entries in Lexham Theological Wordbook, Logos Bible Software

    • Hospitality
    • Reconcilliation
    • Righteousness