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James R. Edwards
I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where two of my formative interests were skiing and mountaineering. Adventures in the mountains, particularly the need to act on calculated decisions, have proved useful to me in later (ad)ventures in ministry and scholarship.
My formal education consists of a B.A. from Whitworth College (1967), an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary (1970), and a Ph.D in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary (1978). In addition, I studied New Testament at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland (1970-71), and pursued sabbaticals in the same at Tuebingen (1988), Tyndale House, Cambridge (2000), and the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (2007).
My informal education has revolved around particular interests in Germany and the Middle East. I have visited Germany frequently, particularly eastern Germany both before and after the Fall of the Wall, on church exchanges and studies related to the Reformation, the Holocaust, the German Church Struggle of the 1930s, and the church in East Germany. A grant from the German government (DAAD, 1993) afforded me the memorable opportunity to investigate the mysterious death of Prof. Ernst Lohmeyer in 1946. My travels in the Middle East have primarily focused on Christian antiquities in Israel and, more recently, in Turkey.
I have been fortunate to pursue a professional life in the worlds of ministry, teaching, and scholarly research and writing: first as an ordained minister to youth and students at First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs (1971-78), subsequently as professor of religion at Jamestown College, N.D. (1978-97), and currently as Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology at Whitworth University (1997-). I am currently writing a commentary on the Gospel of Luke (Pillar N.T. Series, Eerdmans).
My wife Jane is a dance instructor, gardener, and artist. We have two children, a daughter Corrie and son Mark.