Rev. Dr. David J. Lull

Professor of New Testament, Emeritus



  • Faculty


BI 376W
1 Corinithians
BI 003 4W
Beginning New Testament Greek
IN 306W
Bible in the Parish: Biblical Stewardship
BI 190
Engaging the NT Narratives
BI 160W
Exegetical Readings of the Greek New Testament
BI 192W BI 192E
Pauline Letters & Mission
BI 375W
Paul’s Letter to the Romans


Doctor of Philosophy
Claremont Graduate University (1978)

Bachelor of Divinity/M. Div.
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (1969)

Bachelor of Arts
Iowa Wesleyan College (1966)

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David J. Lull is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Joining the seminary faculty in 2000, Dr. Lull is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has held positions as director of the Bible Translation and Utilization program at the National Council of Churches, executive director of the Society of Biblical Literature, associate professor of New Testament at the Yale University Divinity School, and pastor of the Port Ewen (NY) United Methodist Church.


Author, “Paul and Empire: A Review Essay”Religious Studies Review 36/4:251-62 (December 2010)
Author, 1 Corinthians (Chalice Press, 2007; ISBN: 9780827205307)
Author, “Jesus, Paul, and Homosexuals,”Currents in Theology and Mission 34/3 (June 2007): 199-207.
Author, “Reading Romans: Exegesis and Philosophical Theology,” and “Responses to Jouette Bassler and David Odell-Scott,” in David Odell-Scott (ed.), Reading Romans with Contemporary Philosophers and Theologians, Romans Through History & Culture Series (London/New York/Harrisburg: Continuum/T. & T. Clark International, 2007), pp. 33-40 and 63-82.
The Iliad, the “Christ-Hymn” (Phil 2.6-11), and “Political Theology,” Lecture on the occasion of being installed as tenured Associate Professor of New Testament, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Loehe Chapel, May 1, 2006.
Author, “Evangelism and the New Testament,” pp. 24-25 in Norma Cook Everist (ed.), Forming an Evangelizing People: Perspectives and questions for use in the church (Dubuque: Wartburg Theological Seminary, 2005).
Co-author, with John B. Cobb, Jr., Romans(Chalice Press, 2005; ISBN: 08272-05295)
Creative consultant, The Bible Under Fire: The Story of the RSV Translation, a documentary film aired on Odyssey television cable channel (1999) and NBC (2000), Linda Hanick, producer and writer for Odyssey Productions, and Roy T. Lloyd, executive producer for the National Council of Churches (New York: Filmakers Library, 2005, 1999)
Newspaper article: “Denying Muslim Rights is Not a Religions Value.”  January 6, 2005, Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque IA
Author, “Living Together Faithfully with our Different Readings of the Bible,” pp. 93-103 in Norma Cook Everist (ed.), The Difficult But Indispensable Church  (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002).  Chapter abstract: The central theme of this chapter is that “the Bible” exists in many different forms-different canons, original language manuscripts, and translations-so that “the Bible” is always one among many provisional constructs of one or more scholars. The “authority of the Bible” on any topic-hot, cold, or lukewarm-is always relative: relative to a different Bible, a different original language manuscript, a different translation, all of which may have trustworthy and legitimate reasons for their differences. That is why appeals to “the Bible” alone are unable to create consensus-and why the church needs to redefine “consensus” on its “hot topics,” not on the one true stance on the hot topic, but on living together with our different readings of the Bible.
Co-author, Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus, with William A. Beardslee, John B. Cobb, Jr., et al. (Abingdon Press, 1989)
Author, ‘The law was our pedagogue’: A Study in Galatians 3:19-25,” Journal of Biblical Literature 105 (1986): 481-98.
Author, “The Servant-Benefactor as a Model of Greatness (Luke 22:24-30),”Novum Testamentum 28 (1986): 289-305.
Co-Editor, with William A. Beardslee, Old Testament Interpretation from a Process PerspectiveSemeia24 (1982).Abstract: This collection of essays represents an advanced stage of the discussion of the fruitfulness of an interaction between Old Testament studies and process thought. Two of the essays, and their responses, further develop the interpretations of divine power as persuasive and of God’s actuality as contingent by directing attention to the formal traits of particular texts. This collection also includes an essay and response in which the emphasis is o the nature of tradition, which regards the reader as a participant in a creative process, and places in question the effort to define a tradition in terms of an essence or fixed, enduring quality.
Contents: “Introduction,” by William A. Beardslee and David J. Lull; “Metaphor and Reality in Hosea 11,” by J. G. Janzen; response, by James L. Mays; “The Way of Obedience: Traditio-historical and Hermeneutical Reflections on the Balaam Story,” by George W. Coats; “The Divine Curse Understood in Terms of Persuasion,” by Lewis S. Ford; “Trajectories and Historic Routes,” by John B. Cobb, Jr.; response, by Kent H. Richards; Process Hermeneutic: Promise and Problems,” by John J Collins.
Author, The Spirit in Galatia: Paul’s Interpretation of Pneuma as Divine Power, SBLDS 49 (Scholars Press, 1980)
Co-Editor, with William A. Beardslee, New Testament Interpretation from a Process PerspectiveJournal of the American Academy of Religion 47/1 (1979).Co-author, with John B. Cobb, Jr., and Barry A. Woodbridge, “Introduction: Process Thought and New Testament Exegesis,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 47 (1979): 21-30. Abstract: Few effective contacts have been made between recent process thought and New Testament studies. Work on one side seems little affected by work on the other. Partly responsible for this alienation, which is indicative of the relationship between contemporary theology and biblical studies in general, is the direction that biblical studies took under the leadership of Rudolf Bultmann, for whom empirical and socio-historical concerns were not germane to faith. Equally responsible is the direction that process theology took under the influence of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne, who saw their task less as the explication of specifically Christian tradition and experience, and more as the elucidation of the general features of reality. Recently a body of literature in Old and New Testament studies that attempt to bridge this gap has been developed. Whatever importance the interaction between biblical studies and process thought may be for biblical scholarship, it is vital for process theology.Author, “The Spirit and the Creative Transformation of Human Existence,”Journal of the American Academy of Religion 47 (1979): 39-55. Abstract: The Spirit seeks to bring about a creative transformation of human existence, in which, by sustained attention to the creative presence of God in the world, primacy is given to God’s lures toward the realization of the most relevant possibility of being human. This creative transformation of human existence has its origin in the historical event of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Spirit known in the new life of Christian faith is the same God who is the constant, creative ground of all things. The Spirit, therefore, is a particular but not exclusive mode of God-in-the-world. This essay is a revision of the final chapter of the author’s Ph. D. dissertation, “Pneuma” in Paul’s Letter to the Churches of Galatia: An Interpretation of the Spirit in Light of Early Christian Experience in Galatia, Paul’s Message to the Galatians, and Theology Today (Claremont Graduate School, 1978), published as The Spirit in Galatia: Pauls Interpretation of Pneuma as Divine Power.


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

  • New Testament history, literature, and theology
  • Gender Issues
  • Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Middle East Conflicts, Current