Gary M. Burge

Visiting Professor of New Testament

Phone: (616) 957-6032

Email: gary.burge@calvinseminary.edu


Visiting Professor of New Testament

B.A. (University of California, 1974)

M.Div. (Fuller Theological Seminary, 1978)

Ph.D. (King’s College, Aberdeen University, Scotland, 1983)

Website: www.garyburge.org

Gary joined the seminary faculty in the fall of 2017 after completing 25 years as professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. His interests center on the gospels (particularly the Gospel of John), the historical Jesus, and the contextual and cultural background of the first century Judea as a framework for interpretation. He has also taught graduate seminars on the integration of psychology and theology as well as the integration of theology and the politics of the Middle East.

Gary is ordained in the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats and churches. For over 15 years while at Wheaton he was on the teaching staff of Willow Creek Community Church (S. Barrington, IL). He also leads faculty development workshops at colleges and seminaries based on his 2015 book, Mapping Your Academic Career.

He is also deeply invested in the Middle East and its churches from Iraq to Egypt and travels there annually. He has organized pastors’ conferences, taught at seminaries, and been a frequent conference speaker in the Middle East. He is often called on to interpret the Israel-Palestine conflict at American churches and denominational settings.

Select Recent Publications

• Mapping Your Academic Career: The Three Cohorts of a College Professor’s Life (IVP, 2015)

• A Week in the Life of a Roman Centurion (IVP, 2015)

• Theology Questions Everyone Asks. Christian Faith in Plain Language, edited with D. Lauber (IVP, 2014)

• Interpreting the Gospel of John. A Guidebook for Students. [second edition] (Baker Academic, 2013)

• Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians [second edition,] (Pilgrim Press/Paternoster, 2003, 2013 2)

• The Evangelical One Volume Commentary on the Bible, edited with A. Hill (Baker, 2012)

• The New Testament in Antiquity, with G. Green, (Zondervan, 2009, 2018 2 )

• Jesus and the Festivals of Judaism (Zondervan, 2012)

• Commentary on the Gospel of John. The NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 2000

Sample Speaking Topics:

What are the parables of Jesus and how do they work?

How can I be confident in the historicity of the gospel story?

The New Testament and women in leadership

Jesus “Great Farewell” in John’s Gospel

How Jesus upended ancient notions of clean and unclean

Jesus, gratitude, and the secret of happiness

The three promises of the sermon on the mount

Do you really believe in the church?

Sexual purity in a 21st century context

The Holy Land as a platform for spiritual formation

How Jesus reinterpreted the festivals of Judaism

Ecclesiastes as guide to aging in America

Using the Psalms in spiritual formation

What I’ve learned from the Arabic-speaking church

The background of the conflict between Israel and Palestine

Using the Bible and theology in the Israel/Palestine conflict