Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
Office: Alexander Hall
Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1990; MDiv, Duke University Divinity School, 1996; PhD, University of Aberdeen, Scotland. At SPU 1999-2001, and since 2004.
David Nienhuis has been connected with SPU in a variety of ways throughout the years. He received his undergraduate degree in 1990, after which he worked as an SPU staff member until 1993. Following the completion of his master of divinity studies at Duke University Divinity School, he returned to SPU as an adjunct faculty member (1998–2001). After earning his doctorate at the University of Aberdeen, he assumed a full-time teaching post in 2004.
Dr. Nienhuis’ research interests lie at the intersection of several theological sub-disciplines – biblical studies, church history, doctrine, and Christian formation – that meet in a set of questions under the broad rubric of “canon” studies: What is the purpose of the Christian biblical canon? What factors occasioned its ancient emergence and construction? Does its final literary shape bear any hermeneutical significance?
Dr. Nienhuis teaches University Foundations courses, upper-division undergraduate New Testament courses, and the Introduction to New Testament course for the SOT graduate studies program. He is the author of Not by Paul Alone: The Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon (Baylor University Press, 2007). He is married to a 1993 SPU alumna, and they have two children.
Baylor University Press, 2007
"This book makes a brilliant and original and (to my mind) convincing contribution to the current attempt to rethink the relationship between text and community, Scripture, and church" –Francis Watson
"This book proposes that the letter of James was written with the nascent apostolic letter collection in view, in order that it might forge together a discrete collection of non-Pauline letters, one shaped according to a particular logic of apostolic authority (that is, 'not by Paul alone') in order to perform a particular function in the larger Christian canon (the correction of Paulinist misreadings of the whole apostolic message)." (5)
Eerdmans, Nov. 2013
Through a detailed examination of the historical shaping and final canonical shape of seven oft-neglected New Testament letters — James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, and Jude — Reading the Epistles of James, Peter, John & Jude as Scripture introduces readers to the historical, literary, and theological integrity of this indispensable apostolic witness. It is the only treatment of the Catholic Epistles that approaches these seven letters as an intentionally designed and theologically coherent canonical collection.
Please view Dr. Nienhuis’ CV (PDF) for a list of publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
David Nienhuis, Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
“Why do I teach at SPU? This gathering of students, staff, and faculty colleagues is the richest community I’ve found in my life. This is a community that knows how to care for its own.”