John Byron, PhD

John Byron, PhD

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Byron has a desire to serve both the church and the academy, and, for him, Ashland Theological Seminary has been a wonderful joining of those two institutions. ATS is a place where freedom of thought and expression are grounded in commitment to God, and Dr. Byron's teaching reflects that same emphasis. This stems from his own Ph.D. studies, when he began to realize that easy answers don't exist, and the Bible, like life, is more complex than most of us will admit.

Though he is now a sought-after teacher and enjoys using that gift at churches and seminars outside of his seminary position, Dr. Byron didn't always aspire to become a teacher. In fact, if you had told him as a high schooler that he would become a professor, he would have run as fast as possible in the opposite direction. He considers it a blessing that God doesn't let us see our future too early in the game!

Dr. Byron is an experienced traveler, counting Europe and the Middle East among his favorite destinations. By their 10th wedding anniversary, he and his wife, Lori, had already lived in three states and three countries. Adding to his travels, Dr. Byron participates in Ashland Theological Seminary's Tel-Gezer project, through which groups from ATS tour Israel and excavate ancient sites.

Dr. Byron is also a home-brewer, and friends in Ashland consider it a privilege if they've had the chance to taste his beer! Beyond brewing, he enjoys an eclectic mix of books and music. And if given the choice, he will eat Italian food most days of the week.

Contact 419-289-5722
Education PhD TheologyUniversity of Durham Studies in Second Temple History and LiteratureJerusalem University College MA Biblical and Theological StudiesRegent University Diploma in Biblical StudiesElim Bible Institute
Current Classes NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament NTS 6661 The Parables of Jesus

John's Published Books

1 and 2 Thessalonians (The Story of God Bible Commentary) ISBN: 978-0310327264 View on Amazon
Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry ISBN: 978-9004192522 View on Amazon
I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship ISBN: 978-0310515166 View on Amazon
Recent Research on Paul and Slavery ISBN: 978-1906055448 View on Amazon
Slavery Metaphors in Early Judaism & Pauline Christianity: A Traditio-Historical & Exegetical Examination ISBN: 978-3161480799 View on Amazon