Richard Wright


Associate Professor of New Testament
B.Mus., Oberlin Conservatory of Music
A.B., Oberlin College
M.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Ts., Southern Methodist University
Ph.D., Brown University

Phone: 325-674-3708

ACU Box 29426
Abilene, TX 79699

Research Interests:  Paul, Greek and Roman religions and philosophies, theories of religion, biblical interpretation

Personal Interests: Music, photography, fitness, travel

Courses Taught: Graduate Survey of the Bible, Advanced Biblical Exegesis, Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to New Testament Theology, New Testament Backgrounds, Seminar in Pauline Epistles, Paul’s Macedonian Correspondence, 1 & 2 Corinthians

Some Publications:

  • -“Flesh.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology. Oxford University Press, 2015.

  • “Possessions, Distress, and the Problem of Emotions: De Indolentia and the Gospel of Luke in Juxtaposition.” In Galen’s De Indolentia: Selected Essays. Edited by Clare Rothchild and Trevor Thompson. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum. Mohr (Siebeck), 2014.
  • “The Sounds of Silence: Hearing the Music in Pauline Assemblies.” In The One Who Sows Bountifully: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers. Edited by Caroline Johnson Hodge, et. al. Brown Judaic Studies. Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.
  • “Greco-Roman Backgrounds to the New Testament.” In The Transforming Word. Edited by Mark Hamilton, et. al. Abilene, TX: ACU Press, 2009.
  • “Plutarch on Moral Progress.” In Passions and Progress in Greco-Roman Thought. Edited by John T. Fitzgerald London: Routledge, 2007.

 Bio: Richard was born in Texas and raised in Kansas. He is married to Claudia whom he met at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; he plays violin, she plays oboe. They are the parents of four sons. They enjoy traveling the world together. Richard has served churches by means of song leading, class teaching, and preaching. He has been active with the Christian Scholars Conference and involved in the Society of Biblical Literature at the regional, national, and international levels. Before coming to ACU, Richard taught for 9 years at Oklahoma Christian University serving for five years as the chair of their Graduate School of Theology.



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