David A. deSilva, Ph.D.

David A. deSilva, Ph.D.

Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt (Kregel, 2015), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Oxford, 2012), Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of Revelation(Westminster John Knox, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVaristy, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Letter “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He was involved in several major Bible translation projects, serving as the Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and working on the revision of the Apocrypha for the English Standard Version. He has also created several video resources and Mobile Ed courses for Faithlife, including “The Apocrypha: Witness Between the Testaments” (BI 291), “The Cultural World of the New Testament” (NT 201), and “Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews” (NT TBA).

Dr. deSilva is a brilliant professor who leads his students into challenging and rewarding topics, not just for the sake of learning but also for the sake of transformation. One of his many contributions to the Kingdom is his collection of published works. In particular, he is most proud of An Introduction to the New Testament, which has nurtured thousands of Christian workers in English, Arabic, Chinese, and Korean contexts even beyond the walls of Ashland Theological Seminary.

A landmark in Dr. deSilva's spiritual life was the Gospel of Matthew, which he read in its entirety as a young boy. God used that reading to bring him into an encounter with Jesus. Dr. deSilva also cites the liturgy and hymnody of the Episcopal Church as very formative in his walk with Christ.

Dr. deSilva has a gift for music, having been an organist and choir director in the church setting since his undergraduate years. He's even had some anthems and organ arrangements published. His favorite types of music are Renaissance and Baroque.

In addition to his musical interests, Dr. deSilva enjoys pulse-pounding movies, Indian food, and traveling to Sri Lanka and around the Mediterranean with his wife, Donna Jean.

Contact ddesilva@ashland.edu 941-764-6047
Denomination United Methodist
Education PhDEmory University MDivPrinceton Theological Seminary ABPrinceton University
Current Classes NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament
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David's Published Books

4 Maccabees (Guides to the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha) ISBN: 978-1850758969 View on Amazon
4 Maccabees: Introduction And Commentary on the Greek Text in Codex Sinaiticus ISBN: 978-9004147768 View on Amazon
Afterlife: Finding Hope Beyond Death ISBN: 978-0687052844 View on Amazon
An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods and Ministry Formation ISBN: 978-0830827466 View on Amazon
Bearing Christ's Reproach, The Challenge of Hebrews in an Honor Culture ISBN: 978-0941037860 View on Amazon
Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt ISBN: 0825424712 View on Amazon
Despising Shame: Honor Discourse and Community Maintenance in the Epistle to the Hebrews ISBN: 978-1589834002 View on Amazon
Galatians: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor Handbook of the Greek New Testament) ISBN: 160258317X View on Amazon
Global Readings: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians ISBN: 978-1610977074 View on Amazon
Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture ISBN: 978-0830815722 View on Amazon
Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance ISBN: 978-0801031038 View on Amazon
Invitation to the New Testament: Participant Guide ISBN: 978-0687055081 View on Amazon
James and Jude (Jude; Paideia Commentaries) ISBN: 978-0801036347 View on Amazon View on iTunes
New Testament Themes ISBN: 978-0827225114 View on Amazon
Paul and the Macedonians: The Life and Letters of Paul ISBN: 978-0687090785 View on Amazon
Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "To the Hebrews" ISBN: 978-0802841889 View on Amazon
Praying with John Wesley ISBN: 978-0881773170 View on Amazon
Sacramental Life: Spiritual Formation Through the Book of Common Prayer ISBN: 978-0830835188 View on Amazon
Seeing Things John's Way: The Rhetoric of the Book of Revelation ISBN: 978-0664224493 View on Amazon
The Apocrypha ISBN: 978-1426742354 View on Amazon View on iTunes
The Credentials of an Apostle: Paul's Gospel in 2 Corinthians 1-7 (Bibal Monograph Series, 4) ISBN: 978-0941037556 View on Amazon
The Hope of Glory: Honor Discourse and New Testament Interpretation ISBN: 978-1606084120 View on Amazon
The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha ISBN: 978-0195329001 View on Amazon
The Letter to the Hebrews in Social-Scientific Perspective ISBN: 978-1606088555 View on Amazon
Transformation: The Heart of Paul's Gospel (Snapshots) (Volume 1) ISBN: 1577995856 View on Amazon
Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning ISBN: 1619701413 View on Amazon
Untold Stories of the Bible ISBN: 978-0785329459 View on Amazon