The Rev. Paul D. Wheatley

Job Title: 

Instructor of New Testament





Ph. D. Candidate (2017–Present), University of Notre Dame; Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity M.T.S. (2012) Wycliffe College, University of Toronto; Historical Theology B.A. (2000) University of Texas at Austin; Major: History; Minor: Ancient Greek


Fr. Paul D. Wheatley was born in Austin and raised in Denton, TX. After studying Latin in High School, he went to the University of Texas to become an archaeologist, but finally settled on studying history and Ancient Greek after a transitional stint as a film major.

After college, he served ten years in a ministry to college students in central and south Texas, including two years working with students and refugees in Athens, Greece. Visiting several sites from St. Paul’s ministry around the Mediterranean during those years in Greece awoke a desire in him to understand the world of early Christianity and the New Testament. Upon returning to Texas, he served the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas as missioner to college students and served as associate rector of young adults and traditional worship (2012–14) at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas after ordination. From 2014–17, he served as founding vicar of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, a merger and of three ethnically diverse parishes into one newly planted congregation.

From 2011–2016 he worked to digitally archive New Testament manuscripts at libraries and monasteries in Kalambaka, Tyrnavos, and Athens, Greece, including a project at the National Library of Greece in the summers of 2015 and 2016.

He is finishing a dissertation at the University of Notre Dame on the use of ritual imagery in the Gospel of Mark, under the supervision of David N. Lincicum and Robin M. Jensen. He is also working on a project on the relationship between post-biblical stories of the apostles and the development of lectionary books in Byzantium.

His other research interests include the relationship between Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation in the first three centuries of the common era, the overlap of liturgy, preaching, and exegesis in early Judaism / Christianity and medieval Christianity, and the organization of knowledge in biblical manuscripts.

Fr. Wheatley writes regularly for The Living Church.





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