Christopher Graham

Program Director of Master of Divinity & Master of Arts in Theological and Biblical Studies and Associate Professor of Theology
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Education

  • 2014 Ph.D. (Theological Studies), Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 2004 Th.M. (Historical Theology), Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 1993 B.S. (Marine Engineering), U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

Employment

Full-time Teaching

  • 2017-Present Associate Professor of Theology, Criswell College
  • 2013-2017 Assistant Professor of Theology, Criswell College

Adjunct Teaching

  • 2017-Present Adjunct Professor of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 2010-2013 Adjunct Professor, Criswell College

Other Academic and Ministry Experience

  • 2001-2013 Research Assistant to the Director of Theological Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 2009-Present Adult Sunday School Teacher (Permanent and substitute; Guest speaker on Wednesday evenings; Teacher in Discipleship University), First Baptist Church of Dallas
  • 2007 Guest Instructor, Evangelical Theological Seminary of India, Asian Christian Academy
  • 2006-2010 Administrator; 2006-present Guest Teacher Leader Formation International
  • 2004-2009 Substitute Teacher, Dallas Independent School District
  • 2003 Instructor, Dallas Theological Seminary-Center for Biblical Studies
  • 2001-2010 Northwest Bible Church (Teacher of Bible, theology, and church history classes for adults; Teacher and storyteller for children; Bible teacher for the teens and young adults at Hidalgo, a cross-cultural ministry serving families in North Dallas; Member of the team which assisted the Senior Pastor in developing sermon series)
  • 1999-2001 Dallas Central Church of the Nazarene (Licensed minister; Adult Bible study teacher; Sunday school teacher; Substitute preacher)
  • 1994-1999 Burlington-Willston Church of the Nazarene (Sunday School Ministries Board member; Adult Ministries Director overseeing implementation of the small groups ministry; Teen Bible-quizzing program assistant)

Supply Preaching

  • Robinwood Baptist Church, Seagoville, TX
  • First Baptist Church, Dorchester, TX
  • First Baptist Church, Paris, TX
  • First Baptist Church, Tom Bean, TX
  • Redland Baptist Church, Jewett, TX

Scholarship

Books

  • The Church As Paradise and the Way Therein: Early Christian Appropriation of Genesis 3:22-24. Brill: Leiden, 2017.

Articles

  • “The Theological Shape of Unity as the Foundation for Southern Baptist Cooperation,” Criswell Theological Review (forthcoming Spring 2017).
  • “Baptism in Irenaeus of Lyons: Testimony to and Participation with the Triune God,” Perichoresis (forthcoming 2017).
  • “History of Interpretation,” with D. Jeffrey Bingham, Henoch 34 (2012): 193–4.
  • Contra Usarios,” “Oratio consolatoria in Pulcheriam,” “Oratio funebris in Meletium,” “Oratio funebris in Flacillam imperatricem,” in Diccionario de San Gregorio de Nisa, ed. by Lucas Fransisco Mateo-Seco and Giulio Maspero (Burgos, Spain: Monte Carmelo, 2006), in Italian translation—Dizionario Gregorio di Nissa (Roma: Città Nuova, 2007), and in English translation—Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa (Brill, 2010).
  • “Amos,” with D. Jeffrey Bingham, in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, ed. H. –J. Klauck et al. (Berlin: deGruyter, 2008).
  • “Eusebius of Caesarea,” with D. Jeffrey Bingham, in Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters,ed. by Donald K. McKim (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2007), 421–6.

Reviews

  • A Theology for the Church, rev. ed., edited by Daniel Akin (2014), in Criswell Theological Review NS 13 (Spring 2016), 127–30.
  • Language for God in Patristic Tradition: Wrestling with Biblical Anthropomorphism by Mark Sheridan (2015) in Criswell Theology Review NS 13 (Spring 2016), 130–32.
  • A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers, edited by Daniel B. Wallace, Brittany C. Burnette, and Terri Darby Moore (2013) in Criswell Theology Review NS. 12 (Fall 2014), 125–28.
  • Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice by Daniel J. Treier, with Glenn R. Kreider in Bibliotheca Sacra 168 (January–March 2011), 109–11.

 

Conference Presentations

  • “Baptism in Irenaeus of Lyons: Testimony to and Participation with the Triune God” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, 16 November 2016.
  • “Luke’s Paradise of Today: Expectation and Fulfillment of an Apocalyptic Return to Paradise” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, 15 November 2016.
  • “Luke’s Paradise of Today: Expectation and Fulfillment of an Apocalyptic Return to Paradise” presented at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Irving, TX, 12 March 2016.
  • “The Way, the Church, and Paradise: Way-Language in Late, Second-Century Lyons” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, 19 November 2015.
  • “The Form-giving Meaning of Way-Language in Irenaeus’s Epideixis” presented at the 17th  International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, 13 August 2015.
  • “Luke 3:38 in the Context of Early Christian Theological and Hermeneutical Concerns” presented at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 11 April 2015.
  • “Early Christians in Paradise: Appellative Way-Language in Luke-Acts” presented at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Irving, TX, March 2015.
  • “Finding Access in Prohibition: Genesis 3 As Eschatological Text in Early Christianity,” presented at the 2013 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, Scotland, 8 July 2013.
  • “On the Way and Being the Way: Ecclesial Nature and Activity in Luke and Irenaeus,” presented at the Eucharist & Ecclesiology Conference: An Academic Colloquy Honoring Dr. Everett Ferguson, Abilene Christian University, 22 March 2013.
  • “A Fall from the Way of Paradise: Second and Third Century Christian Interpretation of Genesis 3,” presented at the 2012 SBL International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • “The Hegemony of Didache as Hermeneutical Lens: The Nature and Development of the Dominant Contemporary Trend for Interpreting Early Christian ?δ?ς-language,” presented at the 16th International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford University, August 11, 2011.
  • “The Virtue Which Has Covered the Heavens: Gregory of Nyssa’s Incorporation of the Minor Prophets in His Homiletical Calls for Justice,” presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, DC, 16 November 2006.
  • “Gregory Palamas’s Use of Gregory of Nyssa in 150 Chapters,” presented at the Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies, Brookline, MA, 24 March 2006.

Professional Academic Memberships

  • 2003-Present North American Patristic Society
  • 2003-Present American Society for Church History
  • 2003-Present Evangelical Theological Society
  • 2003-Present Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2004-Present Seminar for the Development of Early Catholic Christianity
  • 2004 Tenth Gregory of Nyssa Colloquium, Olomouc, Czech Republic