A. ANDREW DAS, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies and
Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Assessment and Accreditation
Campus Box 88, 190 Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL
Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, 1999
Graduate Work, Early Christianity, Duke University, 1997-1998
S.T.M., New Testament, Yale University, 1992
M.Div., Exegetical and Systematic Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary, 1991
B.A., Biology, DePauw University, 1987
“Beyond Covenantal Nomism: A ‘Newer Perspective’ on Paul and the Law”
Chair: Dr. Paul J. Achtemeier
Readers: Dr. Richard B. Hays (Duke University) and Dr. S. Dean McBride, Jr.
- Remarriage in Early Christianity – in progress
- Paul and the Stories of Israel: Grand Thematic Narratives in Galatians. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2016. Endorsed by John M. G. Barclay of Durham University, Stanley E. Porter of McMaster Divinity College, and Christopher Stanley of St. Bonaventure University.
- Galatians. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2014. Endorsed by Wayne Meeks of Yale University and Christopher Tuckett of the University of Oxford.
- Solving the Romans Debate. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007. Funded in part by an Elmhurst College Faculty Development Research Grant in 2004. Endorsed by Stanley Stowers of Brown University and L. Ann Jervis of the University of Toronto.
- Paul and the Jews. Library of Pauline Studies. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2003. Endorsed by Frank J. Matera of the Catholic University of America and Stephen Westerholm of McMaster University.
- Paul, the Law, and the Covenant. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2001. Endorsed by Richard B. Hays of Duke University, Paul J. Achtemeier of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and David M. Hay of Coe College.
- The Forgotten God: Perspectives in Biblical Theology. Editor, with Professor Frank J. Matera (Catholic University of America), Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.
- Baptized Into God’s Family: The Doctrine of Infant Baptism for Today. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1991 (second printing, 2002; second edition with a new chapter, 2008).
- Invited to offer a defense of the “Lutheran” view in a “Four Views” volume on Paul and the Law with James D. G. Dunn and Magnus Zetterholm. The volume will be edited by B. J. Oropeza and Scott McKnight; forthcoming.
- “Whom is Paul Attempting to Persuade? God or Human Beings (Gal 1:10)?” in a Festschrift. Edited by Eric Mason and Mark Whitters. Publisher TBA (forthcoming).
- “The Pauline Letters in Contemporary Research,” in The Oxford Handbook of Pauline Studies. Edited by R. Barry Matlock. Oxford: Oxford University Press (printed edition: forthcoming, online edition: February 2017).
- “Galatians,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Ethics. Edited by Robert L. Brawley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- “The Gentile Encoded Audience of Romans: The Church Outside the Synagogue.” Pages 29-46 in Reading Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Edited by Jerry Sumney. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.
- “Galatians 3:10: A ‘Newer Perspective’ on an Omitted Premise.” Pages 203-23 in Unity and Diversity in the Gospels and Paul. Edited by Christopher W. Skinner and Kelly R. Iverson. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012.
- “Paul and the Law: Pressure Points in the Debate.” Pages 99-116 in Paul Unbound: Other Perspectives on the Apostle. Edited by Mark D. Given; Hendrickson Publishers, 2009; a paper originally delivered to the “Newer Perspectives on Paul” panel of the 2004 Central States Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
- “Beyond Covenantal Nomism: Paul, Judaism, and Perfect Obedience.” Pages 149-171 in The Law in Holy Scripture: Essays From the Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on Exegetical Theology. Edited by Charles A. Gieschen. St. Louis, Mo.: Concordia Academic Press, 2004.
- “What Was the Issue at Antioch? Galatians 2:11-14?” Logos Sapientia (accepted; forthcoming).
- “The Ambiguous Common Ground of Galatians 2:16 Revisited,” Biblical Research 58 (2013): 49-61.
- “‘Praise the Lord, All You Gentiles’: The Encoded Audience of Romans 15:7-13,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34 (2011): 90-110.
- “Paul and Works of Obedience in Second Temple Judaism: Romans 4:4-5 as a ‘New Perspective’ Case Study, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009): 795-812.
- “Paul of Tarshish: Isaiah 66.19 and the Spanish Mission of Romans 15.24, 28,” New Testament Studies 54 (2008): 60-73.
- “Another Look at EAN ME in Galatians 2:16,” Journal of Biblical Literature 119 (2000): 529-39.
- “Embodiment in Theological Education: The Apostle Paul’s Example,” Christian Education Journal 4.1 NS (2000): 103-109.
- “Response to Eastman (Paul and the Person),” Ex Auditu 32 (2017): 45-49.
- “Reconcile, Reconciliation,” New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2009.
- “Romans, Introduction,” “Sadducees,” Lexham Bible Dictionary (2015).
- “Modern Pauline Studies for the Uninitiated,” Logia 19 (Easter 2010): 7-18.
- “Beyond Covenantal Nomism: Paul, Judaism, and Perfect Obedience,” Concordia Journal 27 (2001): 234-52.
- “1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Revisited,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 62 (1998): 187-208.
- “Oneness in Christ: The Nexus Indivulsus Between Justification and Sanctification in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians,” Concordia Journal 21 (1995): 173-186.
- “Acts 8: Water Baptism and the Spirit,” Concordia Journal 19 (1993): 108-134.
- Book Review of Studies in the Pauline Epistles, edited by Matthew S. Harmon and Jay E. Smith, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (forthcoming).
- Review of Galatians by Douglas B. Moo, Interpretation 69 (2015): 482-84.
- Review of Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary by Arland Hultgren, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 619-22.
- Review of Filippo Belli, Argumentation and Use of Scripture in Romans 9-11 Estudios Bíblicos 68 (2010) 512-515.
- Review of Apostle on the Edge by Michael Cosby, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73 (2011): 157-58.
- Review of Abraham’s Faith in Romans 4 by Benjamin Schließer, Expository Times 123 (2011): 103.
- Review of Paul, Judaism, and the Gentiles (2d ed) by Francis Watson, Interpretation 63 (2009): 200, 202.
- Review of Justification and Variegated Nomism, vol. 2: The Paradoxes of Paul edited by D. A. Carson, Peter T. O’Brien, and Mark A. Seifrid, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48 (2005): 841-44.
- Review of Perspectives Old and New on Paul: The “Lutheran” Paul and His Critics by Stephen Westerholm, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48 (2005): 164-67.
- Review of The Irony of Galatians by Mark D. Nanos, Interpretation 57 (2003): 328, 330.
- Review of The “I” in the Storm: A Study of Romans 7 by Michael Paul Middendorf, Review of Biblical Literature, 2001.
- Review of The “I” in the Storm: A Study of Romans 7 by Michael Paul Middendorf, Concordia Theological Quarterly 65 (2001): 368-69 (shortened version of RBL review).
- Review of The Gospel and the Law in Galatia by Vincent Smiles, Interpretation 53 (1999): 204, 206.
- Review of Grace in Galatia by Ben Witherington, III, Interpretation 53 (1999): 314-15.
- Editorial Board, Logos Sapientia, the journal for the Society of Biblical Studies (Africa)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
- Hendrickson Publishers
- Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series
- Christian Standard Bible Translation Oversight Committee
2017 – present: Assistant Dean of the Faculty for Assessment and Accreditation, Elmhurst College
2008 – present: Professor of Religious Studies, Elmhurst College
2010 – 2016: Donald W. and Betty J. Buik Endowed Chairholder, Elmhurst College
2004 – 2010: Niebuhr Distinguished Chair of Christian Theology and Ethics, Elmhurst College
2004 – 2008: Associate Professor of Theology and Religion, Elmhurst College
2007 – 2013: Served as the dissertation director for a Master of Sacred Theology candidate at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Fall 2006: Adjunct Professor, Romans, graduate seminar, Northern Seminary
January to August 2005: Acting Chair, Department of Theology and Religion, Elmhurst College
Fall 2005: Adjunct Professor, Galatians, graduate seminar, Northern Seminary
May 1999 – August 2004: Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion, Elmhurst College (tenured February 2003)
Fall 2004: Adjunct Professor, Romans, graduate seminar, Northern Seminary
Fall 2003: Adjunct Professor, Galatians, graduate seminar, Northern Seminary
June 2001: Visiting Professor, Pauline Scholarship Today, Ph.D. seminar, Concordia Seminary
July 2000: Visiting Professor, Galatians, graduate seminar, Concordia Seminary
July 1999: Visiting Professor, Romans, graduate seminar, Concordia Seminary
Spring 1999: Adjunct Instructor, Christian Origins, and Synoptic Gospels, The College of William and Mary in Virginia
Summer 1997: Visiting Instructor, Elementary NT Greek I & II, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
Spring 1997: Teaching Assistant for Dr. John Carroll, New Testament II – Acts and the Pauline Corpus, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
Fall 1996: Visiting Instructor, Advanced Koine Greek, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
SEMINARS, SESSIONS, WORKSHOPS, AND PRESENTATIONS
May 2019: Invited by Prof. Dr. Florian Wilk to participate in a seminar at the University of Göttingen on “Paulus und Mose. Zur Deutung der Traditionen um Israels am Sinai und in der Wüste durch den Völkerapostel.” The English-speaking scholars participating in this seminar alongside the European contingent include Richard B. Hays, Roy Ciampa, Scott Hafemann, and J. Ross Wagner.
August 2018: Invited to respond to an essay on Philo and Paul by Prof. Per Jarle Bekken, at the 2018 meetings of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in Athens.
November 2017: Response to Matthew W. Bates, “The Christ Praises God Among the Nations: Toward a New Christological Model,” Scripture and Paul Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting (Boston)
November 2017: Participated on the panel at the “Pauline Theology” research group at the Institute for Biblical Research on the topic of sin in Romans, with Martinus C. de Boer of VU University Amsterdam and Bruce W. Longenecker of Baylor University; presented the paper “Models for Relating Sin as a Power to Sin as a Human Activity: Romans 5:12-21.” The paper will be published in a forthcoming volume on Sin in Romans edited by Drs. John Goodrich and Nijay Gupta.
November 2016: “The Rhetoric of Curse in Galatians 1:10,” Early Christian Rhetoric Section of the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting (San Antonio)
November 2016: “Messiah in Romans,” invited paper for the Pauline Epistles Session of the Evangelical Theological Society (San Antonio)
October 2016: invited “Response to Eastman” on the topic of the Apostle Paul in relation to recent research on mirror neurons at the 2016 Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture at North Park University
August 2016: “Imperial Cult Pressure on the Early Christian Movement: Myth and Reality Relative to Paul’s Letter to the Galatians,” Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Montreal)
November 2015: “An Audience-Oriented Approach to Paul’s Use of Scripture in Galatians: Reader Competence and Differing Target Audiences,” scheduled for the Intertexuality in the New Testament Section of the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting (Atlanta).
November 2014: Invited response to Brian Rosner’s paper, “Law in First Corinthians” at the “Systematic Transformation and Interweaving of Scripture in 1 Corinthians” Seminar of the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting.
November 2014: Invited response to Paul and the Law by Brian Rosner at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting.
September 2014: five one-hour interviews for the “Issues, Etc.” radio program on my new Galatians commentary.
July 2014: radio interview for the KFUO-St. Louis “Book Corner” program, which featured Galatians.
June 2014: “The Roman Christians During the First Two Centuries,” St. Matthew’s United Church of Christ, Wheaton, IL
October 2013: Invited paper delivered to the Chicago Society of Biblical Research, “Paul’s Galatians and the Influx Into Zion”
October 2012: radio interview for the KFUO-St. Louis “Book Corner” program, which featured Baptized into God’s Family, second edition.
September 2012: “What Was the Issue at Antioch (Galatians 2:11-14)”; one of six western scholars invited to deliver a paper at the inaugural meeting in Nigeria, Africa of the Society of Biblical Scholars, the new African biblical studies organization.
September 2011: Conference Speaker, English District of the LC-MS: 1) Something You Don’t Already Know: The Situation at Thessalonica; 2) Paul and Rivals at Galatia; 3) Paul and the Law: Pressure Points in the Current Discussion; 4) Solving the Romans Debate
July 2010: “Rethinking the Covenantal Paul” invited paper delivered to the “Inhalte und Probleme einer neutestamentlichen Theologie” seminar of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Berlin meeting); funded by an
Elmhurst College faculty research grant
August 2010 – radio interview: “Infant Baptism” on “Our World, His View.”
2009 – 2011: Member, Paul and Scripture Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature
April 2010: Conference speaker, “The First Resurrection in the New Testament,” (three hours), The Emmaus Conference (Tacoma, WA)
November 2009: scheduled, “‘Praise the Lord, All You Gentiles’: The Encoded Audience of Romans 15:7-13,” Pauline Epistles Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, national meeting.
March 2009, guest lecturer, Wheaton College Graduate School “New Testament Theology” course; topic: “The Current Debates on Paul and the Law”
January 2009: radio interview on the “Issues, Etc.” radio program, “An Age of Accountability”
December 2008: Three radio interviews on the “Issues, Etc.” radio program: “Baptism in the New Testament” (Saving Baptism; Infant Baptism; Mode of Baptism)
October 2008: Conference Speaker, North and West Regional Pastor’s Conference of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, 3 75-minute lectures: “Something You Don’t Already Know: The Situation at Thessalonica”; “Paul and His Rivals at Galatia”; “Solving the Romans Debate”
September 2008: Presenter, “Romans 4:4-5 as a ‘New Perspective’ Case Study”; Day of Exegetical Reflection, Concordia Seminary
July 2008: Guest speaker, “Women in the New Testament,” Detroit radio station: “Our World His View” program – program details available on-line.
March 2008 (scheduled): Guest speaker (two sessions), Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst, “The First Christians: The Post-Apostolic Era”
September 2007: Guest speaker, Wheaton College Graduate School Ph.D. seminar on “Paul’s Letter to the Romans”; discussion of my book Solving the Romans Debate
November 2006: Annual National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – panel with papers and responses on the “new perspective on Paul and the Law.” Paper titled: “Beyond the New Perspective.” ETS planning to publish papers from panel
October 2006: Guest Speaker at M.Div. level Seminar on “Biblical Law” at Garrett Theological Seminary for discussion of my book Paul, the Law, and the Covenant
September 2006: “Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Fact and Fiction” – Park Ridge Community Church
May 2006: “Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Fact and Fiction” – Christ Church of Oak Brook and Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elmhurst
April 2006: “Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Fact and Fiction” – Elmhurst College Faculty Speaker Series
February 2006: Guest speaker, Wheaton College Graduate School Ph.D. seminar on “Paul and the Law”; discussion of my book Paul, the Law, and the Covenant
February 2006: Visiting Scholar in Residence – St. Paul’s Lutheran Chapel, University of Iowa Campus Ministries – three lectures: “The Image at the Bottom of the Well in Pauline Scholarship,” “Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Fact and Fiction,” “The Social Setting of the Thessalonian Correspondence
January 2006: Keynote Speaker – Elders Retreat, Christ Church of Oak Brook; spoke to over a hundred leaders of the 5,000-member Christ Church on “Paul’s Vision of Leadership”
April 2005: Guest Speaker at M.Div. level Seminar on “Biblical Law” at Garrett Theological Seminary for discussion of my book Paul, the Law, and the Covenant
March 2005: Guest Speaker, Circuit 14 of the Northern Illinois District (LC-MS) – “Paul and the Law”
October 2004: Conference Speaker, Iowa District East Annual Conference (Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod) – “An Edgy Apostle”
March 2004: “Paul and the Law,” Newer Perspectives on Paul Panel Presentation, Central States Region meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (paper later published)
November 2003: Presenter – “The ‘New Perspective’ and a Proposal for a ‘Newer Perspective’: Paul and the Jews,” Early Jewish Christian Relations Section, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature
February 2003: Guest speaker, Wheaton College Graduate School Ph.D. Seminar on “Paul and the Law” (a discussion with Dr. Douglas J. Moo and the Ph.D. candidates of my book Paul, the Law, and the Covenant)
September 2002: Guest speaker (3 sessions), Elmhurst Presbyterian Church, Paul and the Jews
March 2002: Guest speaker, St. Peter’s UCC, Elmhurst, IL, Methods of New Testament Biblical Study
January 2001: “Beyond Covenantal Nomism: Paul, Judaism, and Perfect Obedience” at the 2001 Concordia Theological Seminary Exegetical Symposium on Biblical Law; paper later published
January 2001: Guest speaker on “Issues, Etc.,” KFUO, St. Louis, MO, The Eucharist in the New Testament
December 2000: Guest speaker on “Issues, Etc.,” nation-wide broadcast, Baptism in the New Testament
November 2000: Guest speaker, First Methodist Church, Elmhurst, IL, The Origins of the Pentateuch
June 2000: Guest speaker on “Issues, Etc.,” KFUO, St. Louis, MO, Baptism in the New Testament
February 2000: Guest speaker on “Issues, Etc.,” KFUO, St. Louis, MO, The Book of Romans
April 1999: Conference Speaker, Baptism in the New Testament, Tri-Circuit Meeting of the Rocky Mountain District, LCMS (Baptism in Acts; Baptism in Galatians; Baptism in 1 Peter; Infant Baptism)
Fall 1998: Guest Lecturer, Classical Judaism (“The Parting of the Ways Between Judaism and Early Christianity”), Union Theological Seminary in Virginia
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (one of four Americans elected into membership in 2011)
Society of Biblical Literature
Paul and Scripture Group – invited member, 2009-2011
Chicago Society of Biblical Research – elected member
Catholic Biblical Association of America
Evangelical Theological Society
Association of Chicago Theological Schools—New Testament Group (no longer meeting)
INVITED BOOK ENDORSEMENTS
Jerry Sumney, Paul: Apostle and Fellow Traveler
Brian Vickers, Justification by Grace Through Faith
Frank J. Matera, God’s Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology
C. Baur, Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ
James Papandrea, Novatian of Rome
Chris VanLandingham, Judgement and Justification in Early Judaism and the Apostle Paul
Paul J. Achtemeier, Jesus and the Miracle Tradition
Thomas R. Schreiner, Foreword, 40 Questions about the Biblical Law
James Ware, Synopsis of the Pauline Letters in Greek and English
John Piper, The Future of Justification