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Jeff W. Childers

Professor and Carmichael-Walling Chair of NT and Early Christianity

B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian University
M.St., University of Oxford
D.Phil, University of Oxford


ACU Box 29424
Abilene, TX 79699

Research Interests: Oriental Christianity (especially the Syriac tradition), Church History, Biblical Text, Christian Spiritual Formation, New Testament Textual Criticism.

Personal Interests: Hanging out with my family and staying active with my church; being outdoors; camping; fishing; traveling abroad.

Courses Taught: History of Christianity I: Ancient–Medieval, Hermeneutics, Mission & Expansion of Christianity, New Testament Textual Criticism, Readings in Christian Spirituality, Elementary Syriac, Intermediate Syriac.

Some Publications:

  • Edited Transmission and Reception: New Testament Text-Critical and Exegetical Studies published by Gorgias. 
  • Author of several works including Virtuous Reading: Aphrahat's Approach to Scripture.
  • Currently finishing his four-volume critical edition and translation of the sermons of John Chrysostom preserved in Syriac.  
  • Scheduled to speak in April 2013 at a symposium launching a new Syriac Studies department in the western Turkish city of Mardin.

I grew up in Bakersfield, California, and through various circumstances ended up doing Graduate work at the University of Oxford and then settling in Abilene, Texas, to teach at ACU. Along the way I have ministered in churches and consider my academic work of teaching and research to be an expression of my ministry calling. Despite the rumors, I did not undergo the rigors of doctoral work at Merton College in Oxford only because J.R.R. Tolkien was at Merton; still, my interest in Tolkien is fairly obvious. Consequently, though my wife actually prefers gardening, she tolerates my Tolkien obsession and my three kids (two young ladies and a lad) became well-acquainted with The Lord of the Rings long before the recent films came out.


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