Dr. Jeff Peterson

Dr. Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson is the Jack C. and Ruth Wright Professor of New Testament at Austin Grad, where he has taught since 1993. He co-edited and contributed to the popular book Things That Matter: A Guide to Christian Faith (3d edition, 2000) and the scholarly collections Renewing Tradition: Studies in Texts and Contexts in Honor of James W. Thompson (2006) and Marcan Priority Without Q: Explorations in the Farrer Hypothesis (2015). He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, serving currently as the Southwest Regional Coordinator and on the steering committee of the Extent of Theological Diversity Seminar. He preaches and teaches often in churches and other gatherings of Christians.

Recent Posts


Where Are We? A Brief Reflection on the Death of Alfie Evans

Alfie Evans was a British citizen who died last Saturday, April 28, at just under two years of age, after an extended period of treatment for a neurological condition afflicting his brain. What do the events of his brief life tell us about the world we live in and how Christians should engage it? … [Read more...]

Ten Words for Today

The Nash Papyrus, dated to the 2nd century BC, includes an early version of the Ten Words. (Wikimedia Commons considers this photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional work of art to be in the public domain in the United States.)   (Adapted from a homily presented in AGST chapel, 29 January 2018.) And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them, “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and the rules that I speak in your hearing today, and you shall learn them and be careful to do them.  The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.  Not with our fathers did the Lord make this covenant, but with us, who are all of us here alive … [Read more...]

“Participants in the Divine Nature”: Theosis and Pauline Theology

  For almost a quarter-century now, I have attended the Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, thanks to the commitment of AGST’s administration that our faculty remain current with biblical and theological scholarship and to the generosity of our supporters. This year, a couple of friends and I looked back over the meetings we’d attended and sought to recall the sessions and papers that stuck out in our memory. It was easy to recall humorous moments, including a few disasters we had witnessed; from one of these, I learned that it’s the path of prudence to write something out on a topic before standing up to address a … [Read more...]

I am with you always, to the end of the age

The Gospel according to Matthew, where we’ll be spending our time in chapel devotionals this semester, begins with an indication that the story of Jesus is the story of one who stands in a heritage of faith and divine promise extending back to David and beyond him to Abraham (Matthew 1:1).  … [Read more...]

Calamity and Creation: Does God Cause Disasters?

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7 ESV)   When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (Psalm 8:3–4 ESV)   This dispatch is offered as a meditation on the two psalm verses quoted above (honest!). A bit like Pascal, though, I didn’t have time to write a short blog post, so I had to write this long one instead. The headlines that have greeted us as August has yielded to September … [Read more...]

The Gospel According to Paul

  James Thompson, recently retired from Abilene Christian University, has been known to comment that if you make your living as a biblical scholar, “you don’t know your work from your play.” And it’s indeed true that as a New Testament prof, you frequently find yourself dealing with the topics you regard as most important, the questions you think most merit reflection, and the texts you most value reading. That’s how the middle weeks of my summer went, thanks to a course I taught on “The Gospel According to Paul.” Photo: Rembrandt, The Apostle Paul (1657), National Gallery of Art … [Read more...]

Politics, the Professor (or Preacher, or Pastor), and the Person in the Pew

This paper was presented at the Christian Scholars’ Conference on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, in a session on 8 June 2017 on the topic “Bridging the Divide: Addressing the Gap between the Church and the Academy,” convened by Brandon Pierce of the Church of Christ in Stamford, Connecticut, and Paul Watson of the Cole Mill Road Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina.  I am grateful for the invitation to present the paper and for the encouraging response of conference attendees, including those of differing political persuasions. My reflections today mainly concern one narrow aspect of the gap between … [Read more...]

A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation

In the months leading up to its March 14 release and since, Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation has attracted considerable attention. The book takes its title from the reference to Benedict of Nursia (author of the Benedictine Rule about AD 540, and thereby “founder of Western monasticism”) in the rather somber conclusion to Alisdair MacIntyre’s famous (for an academic book) After Virtue, originally written in 1980 (quotation from the third edition, p. 263): … [Read more...]

Ultimate Breathtaking Vision Of All Things New

  No book of the Old Testament was more helpful to the first Christians in comprehending what God had accomplished in Christ than Isaiah. … [Read more...]

The Meaning of “Life”

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly,” Jesus says in the Good Shepherd discourse in John’s Gospel (John 10:10 ESV, the version quoted throughout). But what does he mean? Was Jesus’ mission to increase the wealth and possessions and opportunities of his disciples in their earthly lives? (I’ve heard preachers on TV suggest that’s what Christianity will do for us.) Or was his mission directed toward merely increasing the span of time that his followers live? The Gospels’ promise of “eternal life” is sometimes understood along those lines, perhaps more often unreflectively than reflectively. … [Read more...]