DeSilva, David A. 1967-

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deSILVA, David A. 1967-

PERSONAL: Born April 15, 1967. Ethnicity: "Asian-American (Sinhalese)." Education: Princeton University, A.B., 1987; Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1990; Emory University, Ph.D., 1995. Religion: United Methodist. Hobbies and other interests: Racquetball, swimming, biking, movies, gourmet cooking.

ADDRESSES: Offıce—Ashland Theological Seminary, 910 Center St., Ashland, OH 44805. E-mail— [email protected].

CAREER: Emory University Atlanta, GA, adjunct faculty member at Candler School of Theology, 1992-94, assistant instructor, 1994-95; Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH, assistant professor, 1995-98, associate professor, 1998-2002, professor of New Testament studies and Greek, 2002—. Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Project, member of editorial board, 1999—. Also organist and choir director for United Methodist, Lutheran, and Episcopal churches.

MEMBER: Society for New Testament Studies, Society of Biblical Literature.


Despising Shame: The Social Function of the Rhetoric of Honor and Dishonor in the Epistle to the Hebrews, Scholars Press (Atlanta, GA), 1995, abridged edition published as Bearing Christ's Reproach: The Challenge of Hebrews in an Honor Culture, BIBAL Press (North Richland Hills, TX), 1999.

(With Victor Matthews) Untold Stories of the Bible, Publications International (Lincolnwood, IL), 1998.

The Credentials of an Apostle: Paul's Gospel in 2Corinthians 1 through 7, BIBAL Press (North Richland Hills, TX), 1998.

4 Maccabees, SAP (Sheffield, England), 1998.

The Hope of Glory: Honor Discourse and the NewTestament, Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN), 1999.

Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews," Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 2000.

Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: UnlockingNew Testament Culture, Inter-Varsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 2000.

Praying with John Wesley, Discipleship Resources (Nashville, TN), 2001.

Paul and the Macedonians, Abingdon (Nashville, TN), 2001.

New Testament Themes, Chalice Press (St. Louis, MO), 2001.

Introducing the Apocrypha: Content, Message, andSignificance, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), 2002.

Introduction to the New Testament: Message, Methods, and Ministry, Inter-Varsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 2002.

Patronage and Reciprocity: The Context of Grace in the New Testament, Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse, edited by L. G. Bloomquist and Greg Carey, Chalice Press (St. Louis, MO), 1999; and The Face of New Testament Studies, edited by Scot McKnight and Grant Osborne, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, MI), and to reference books. Contributor to numerous academic journals, including Journal of Biblical Literature, Restoration Quarterly, Evangelical Quarterly, WestminsterTheological Journal, Sociological Analysis, Forum, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, and Preaching. Member of editorial board, Emory Studies in Early Christianity, 1999—.

WORK IN PROGRESS: 4 Maccabees, for E. J. Brill (Leiden, Netherlands), completion expected in 2004; 1 Peter, Deo Publishing (Leiden, Netherlands), 2004; Shepherding the Church: New Testament Resources for Pastors and Counselors, Hendrickson (Peabody, MA), 2005; Seeing the World through John's Eyes: The Book of Revelation, Westminster John Knox Press (Louisville, KY), 2006; A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Revelation of John, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 2007.

SIDELIGHTS: David A. deSilva told CA: "I write out of a deep sense of responding to God's own written legacy, as it were, in the Old and New Testaments (as well as the literature in between). Scripture gripped me at an early age and has sustained and directed me to this day. All my writing emerges out of a fascination with scripture and with the vision it nurtures for the life we are called to live in response to God's great love for us and generosity toward us. I hope that I have contributed and will continue to contribute to my readers' discovering God's vision for their own lives and for their communities of faith through my ongoing explorations of scripture and Christian spirituality."



Interpretation, April, 2001, David M. Hay, review of Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews," p. 191; October, 2001, Ritva H. Williams, review of Honor, Patronage, Kinship, and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, p. 438.

Library Journal, May 1, 2002, Graham Christian, review of Introducing the Apocrypha: Message, Context, and Significance, p. 107.