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6414-Book Talk with Malone University Theology Professor Duane Watson

6414-September 28, 2012

Duane WatsonMalone University professor of New Testament studies, Duane Watson, Ph.D., will present a book talk on First and Second Peter, part of the Paideia Commentary Series, Monday, October 1 at 10 a.m. in the Brehme Conference Center.

The program is free and open to the public.

In this addition to the well-received Paideia series, New Testament scholars Duane Watson and Terrance Callan examine cultural context and theological meaning in First and Second Peter. Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by: 

  • attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
  • showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
  • commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
  • focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
  • making judicious use of maps, photos, and sidebars in a reader-friendly format.

This commentary, like each in the projected eighteen-volume series, proceeds by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Students, pastors, and other readers will appreciate the historical, literary, and theological insight Watson and Callan offer in interpreting First and Second Peter.

Duane Watson has taught in the Department of Theology at Malone University since 1989. Recent scholarly work includes:


Editor (with C. Clifton Black). Words Well Spoken: George Kennedy's Rhetoric of the New Testament. Studies in Rhetoric and Religion 8. Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2008.

The Rhetorical Criticism of the New Testament: A Bibliographic Survey. Tools for Biblical Study Series 8. Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishing, 2006.

Editor (with Alan J. Hauser). The History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume I: The Ancient Period. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2003.

Editor (with David B. Gowler and L. Gregory Bloomquist). Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor or Vernon K. Robbins. Harrisburg, Pa.: Trinity Press International, 2003.

Editor, The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament. Symposium Series 14. Leiden: E. J. Brill/Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002.

Rhetorical Criticism of the Bible: A Comprehensive Bibliography with Notes on History and Method. Biblical Interpretation Series 4. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1994 (Old Testament portion by Alan J. Hauser).

Editor, Persuasive Artistry: Studies in New Testament Rhetoric in Honor of George A. Kennedy. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 50. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991.

Invention, Arrangement, and Style: Rhetorical Criticism of Jude and 2 Peter. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series 104. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988.

Articles in the following journals:

The Catholic Biblical Quarterly; Currents in Research: Biblical Studies; Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Journal of Biblical Literature; New Testament Studies; Novum Testamentum

Entries in the following dictionaries and encyclopedias:

The Anchor Bible Dictionary; Dictionary of Biblical Imagery; Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation; Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels; The Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments; The Dictionary of New Testament Background; The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters; Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible; Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus; Paul and the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook; Encyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition; Dictionary of New Testament Background; Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon; The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia; The IVP Dictionary of the New Testament

Published essays in the following edited volumes and festschriften:

Early Christianity and Classical Culture: Comparative Studies in Honor of Abraham J. Malherbe; Fabrics of Discourse: Essays in Honor of Vernon K. Robbins; The History of Biblical Interpretation, Volume I: The Ancient Period; Reading James with New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of James; The New Interpreter's Bible; The Intertexture of Apocalyptic Discourse in the New Testament; Persuasive Artistry: Studies in New Testament Rhetoric in Honor of George A. Kennedy; Rhetoric and the New Testament: Essays from the 1992 Heidelberg Conference; The Rhetorical Analysis of Scripture: Essays from the 1995 London Conference; Rhetorical Argumentation in Biblical Texts: Essays from the Lund 2000 Conference; Rhetorical Criticism and the Bible; The Rhetorical Interpretation of Scripture: Essays from the 1996 Malibu Conference; Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse.

Editorial Duties

General Co-Editor (with Vernon K. Robbins) of the Rhetoric in Religious Antiquity Series (1997- )

Member of the Editorial Board of Emory Studies in Early Christianity (1999- )

Member of the Editorial Board of Currents in Biblical Research (2005- )

Papers Presented: 36 papers presented at regional, national, and international conferences

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 


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