Many traditions. One Spirit.

University of
Washington University in Saint Louis
Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary
University of Michigan
 University of Michigan

James Waddell is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Masters Programs. He is also chair of the curriculum committee and chair of the online instruction committee at ETS. With twenty-five years of experience as a Lutheran pastor, James also serves in parish ministry in an urban setting. His congregation hosts the Huron Valley Urban Farm in Ypsilanti Township, empowering residents of the surrounding neighborhoods to increase their food security and to develop stronger community relationships.

He holds a Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins from the University of Michigan, and has taught Biblical Studies, Classics, Religious Studies, World Religions, and Liturgical Theology at several institutions, including the University of Michigan and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. His teaching highlights early Jewish and early church views of wealth, economic exploitation and oppression of the poor, and justice in biblical and extra-biblical sources, and postmodern/post-colonial appropriation of biblical justice regarding wealth, poverty, endurance, and liberation.

His research focuses on first- and second-century developments of early christology, as well as social and ideological intersections of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles, has delivered numerous papers at professional conferences, and is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the author of The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios (T.&T. Clark,
2011) and The Struggle to Reclaim the Liturgy in the Lutheran Church: Adiaphora in Historical, Theological and Practical Perspective (Mellen, 2005), which was referred to by Bryan Spinks (Yale Institute of Sacred Music) as “a major contribution to the wider debate on liturgical theology,” and was included by Frank Senn (North American Academy of Liturgy) in a select bibliography for the article on Lutheran Worship in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity.

On his blog Studia Rerum Iudaicarum James reflects on Jewish literature from the Second Temple period and late antiquity as this literature informs his contemporary socio-political commentary and criticism, in particular addressing issues of tsedaqah (justice) as we learn from our past and as we live today to love God and each other.

Courses …
Foundations of the Old Testament
Foundations of the New Testament
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Matthew
The Johannine Tradition
Paul the Apostle
Biblical Greek I
Biblical Greek II
Greek Exegesis – Ephesians
Greek Exegesis – Mark, Q, and the Synoptic Tradition (developing)
Greek Exegesis – Undisputed Letters of Paul (developing)
Greek Exegesis – Gospel of John (developing)
Greek Exegesis – Second-Century Christian Writings (developing)

James Waddell

Director of the Masters Programs

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies 
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