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Dr. James L. Bailey

James L. Bailey, Ph. D.
Professor of New Testament, Emeritus

E-Mail: jbailey@wartburgseminary.edu
Office Number:   307 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:   (563) 589-0200
Fax: (563) 589-0333

Personal Website:

Photo - James Bailey
 HT 221W Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(with Lyle D. Vander Broek), LITERARY FORMS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:  A HANDBOOK (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992)
"Genre Analysis," chapter 10 in HEARING THE NEW TESTAMENT: STRATEGIES FOR INTERPRETATION, edited by Joel B. Green (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995).
"The Pauline Letters as Models for Christian Practice:  1 Thessalonians as a Case Study," chapter 6 in THE DIFFICULT BUT INDISPENSABLE  CHURCH, edited by Norma Cook Everist (Fortress Press, 2002).


Dr. Bailey has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:

  • Biblical studies, with special interest in the Gospels and Paul's Letters.  [more narrowly, the Sermon on the Mount & Pauline Practices as Models for Today's Church]
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Homosexuality and the Bible

Doctor of Philosophy
University of St. Andrews, Scotland

Bachelor of Divinity
Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Bachelor of Arts
Capital University

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James L. Bailey graduated from Capital University (1960) and Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1964) in Columbus, Ohio, before earning a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland (1967).  After pastoring in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jim taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary (1970-74), Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota (1975-85), and Wartburg Theological Seminary (1985-2003). 

    Jim is now Professor Emeritus of New Testament, having retired from full-time teaching at Wartburg in 2003.  He continues to do some teaching at the seminary and elsewhere and serves as Director of the Center for Congregational Leadership and the Lay School of Ministry for the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.  Jim and his wife Judy continue to reside in Dubuque, Iowa.

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