Robert W. Wall
Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies
Office: Alexander 101
Education: BA, Valparaiso University, 1969; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1973; ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1979; additional graduate study at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. At SPU since 1978.
Robert Wall’s books and articles — whether aimed at other scholars or clergy — originate in the ferment of the university classroom and in conversation with his students and colleagues. In both his published research and classroom teaching, Dr. Wall approaches the Bible as a sacred text — a “production of the Holy Spirit” — and in a manner that forms a clearer understanding of God for the people of God.
The Reverend Dr. Wall is a Seattle native, an avid sportsman, and a dedicated Seattle Mariner’s fan. He is an elder of the Free Methodist Church who enjoys an active ecumenical ministry of preaching and teaching adult Bible studies in congregations of various faith traditions.
This theological commentary powerfully demonstrates the ongoing relevance and authority of the Pastoral Epistles for the church today. This innovative yet reverent volume will help revive the interest of students, pastors, and other Christian leaders in the Pastoral Epistles.
Featuring both exegetical study and dynamic contemporary exposition, each chapter of Called to Lead first interprets the text of 1 and 2 Timothy as Scripture and then engages 1 and 2 Timothy for today's church leaders. The book covers many vexing issues faced by church leaders then and now — such issues as the use of money, leadership succession, pastoral authority, and the role of Scripture. Through it all, Called to Lead shows how Timothy remains a text of great value for the church today.
For a taste of this important book, read “Preachers of Least Resistance” (PDF), a brand-new chapter, on 2 Timothy 3:1-9, not included in the book.
InterVarsity Press, 1993
Trinity Press, 1997
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.
"At the very center of Revelation the good interpreter will always find the simple (not simplistic!) gospel of God. In this way, any interpretation worthy of the gospel will bear witness to the slain, yet exalted, Lamb through whom the salvation of God breaks into and radically transforms those who depend upon his dependable work; it will celebrate the triumph of God's kingdom, which is already realized in the Lamb's shed blood and which will be fully realized at its return." (2)
Abingdon Press, 2002
Academic Press, 1992
"A New Testament theology of the church, then, must be the yield of an interpretive strategy that seeks to relate the parts together as an interdependent whole; only then can the biblical theologian create a dynamic portrait of how the whole New Testament defines the church, which we argue is a truer and more useful portrait than merely describing the sum of the definitions found within the New Testament letters." (22)
- “The Acts of the Apostles” (pp. 3–370) and “The Epistolary Literature of the NT” (pp. 373–410), in New Interpreter’s Bible, Volume 10 (L. E. Keck, ed., Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002).
- “The Rule of Faith in Theological Hermeneutics” (pp. 88-107) and “Canonical Context and Canonical Conversations” (pp. 165–182), in Between Two Horizons: Spanning New Testament Studies and Systematic Theology (J. B. Green and M. Turner, eds., Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999).
View Dr. Wall's C.V. (PDF) for more information and additional publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
Rob Wall, Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies
“I teach because I am called and gifted by God to do so; I enjoy cultivating in my students the skills necessary to read Scripture well and with deep passion.”
Professor Rob Wall speaks at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in November 2011 in San Francisco about his translation work on the Common English Bible.
A Wesleyan Reading of Romans 7
Listen to a podcast of the May 2, 2012 Paul T. Walls Lecture in Wesleyan Theology with Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall, along with a response by the Rev. Tony Robinson.
Listen to the Sinister Kid" by the Black Keys.