An Hour with Senior New Testament Scholar Donald Hagner

Posted: December 22, 2015 in General

5861414It was nice having a valuable time and conversation with Prof. Donald A. Hagner at Archives Book Shop in Fuller, Pasadena. Ever since 1993 I was using his phenomenal two-volume commentary on Matthew (Word Biblical Commentary Series) for teaching and preaching purposes. Thus I became an admirer of his writings, especially on the Gospel of Matthew and the Letter to the Hebrews. The one hour I spent with him this evening [December 21, 2015] was beneficial in several ways. Within that short span of time he taught me what simplicity is all about through his character and what encouragement is all about through his friendly speech. Even after his retirement, he is engaged in several teaching programs in both the western and non-western contexts. His current writing projects include the following: first, a monograph entitled How New the New Testament Is? Continuity and Discontinuity between Formative Judaism and Early Christianity; and second, a revised edition of his commentary on the Gospel according to Matthew (WBC Series). Donald Hagner bought a book from the Archives Book Shop and gifted me as a Christmas gift. The title of the book is Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness (by Richard B. Hays; Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2014). Thank you Prof. Donald Hagner.

[[Donald Hagner [BA., Northwestern University; BD. and ThM., Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD., University of Manchester] joined the faculty of Fuller in 1976, after seven years on the faculty of Wheaton College, and is the George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament in the School of Theology. His courses have included New Testament: Gospels, Acts to Revelation, Exegetical Method and Practice, selected book studies (Greek text), and selected subjects in New Testament theology. Hagner’s writings include a commentary on Hebrews (New International Biblical Commentary), The Jewish Reclamation of Jesus, the Word Biblical Commentary on Matthew (2 vols.), Encountering the Book of Hebrews, New Testament Exegesis and Research: A Guide for Seminarians, and The New Testament: A Historical and Theological Introduction. In addition to coediting several volumes, he has produced a new, revised edition of George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament, and has rewritten and updated Everett Harrison’s Romans (Expositor’s Bible Commentary). He has also had many articles and book reviews published. He is the coeditor of the New International Greek Testament Commentary. He has been the recipient of the Weyerhauser Award for Excellence at Fuller, and the Golden Award from the Christian Booksellers for the Best Commentary of 1995. Hagner is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Although he has now retired from full-time service, Hagner continues mentoring PhD students and teaching occasional courses in his senior faculty role.]]

Johnson Thomaskutty, Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, India

[GRI Writing Scholar, Fuller, Pasadena, California]

  1. Dr. and Mrs. Hagner are two of the nicest people I know!

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