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David F. Watson


Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of New Testament
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  • Teaching and Research

    David Watson teaches New Testament and Greek. His interests include the Gospel of Mark, the Bible and disabilities, and theological interpretations of scripture. He participates both in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

    As Academic Dean, Dr. Watson oversees the academic program of the school and is a member of United’s Executive Staff

  • Video/Media

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    Dr. David Watson on the New Testament

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    Dr. David Watson UTSweb page

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    Dr. David Watson's BLOG


  • Education

    B.A., Texas Tech University (1993)

    M.Div., Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University (1997)

    Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (2005)

  • Professional

    David is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. He has worked in the local church and in a United Methodist campus ministry. He currently serves on the Miami Valley District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the West Ohio Inclusive Body of Christ Ministry Team for Persons with Disabilities.

  • Publications

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    Honor Among Christians: The Cultural Key to the Messianic Secret, Fortress, 2010.

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    With Joel B. Green, ed., The Word Written on Our Hearts: Wesley and Wesleyans on Scripture, Baylor (projected for 2012)

    Article(s), Chapter(s), and Review(s):

    “Spiritual Sobriety in 1 Peter,” Expository Times, 122 (11): 539-42.

    Exegesis Essays for Lectionary Homiletics, October 16 and 30, 2011

    Review of Psalms: God Cares How I Feel, curriculum for people with intellectual disabilities by Friendship Ministries, Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health, 15.3 (2011)

    Review of Mark: Texts @ Contexts, ed. Nicole Wilkinson Duran, Teresa Okure, and Daniel Patte, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, forthcoming

    “Canonical Theism and Scripture: Reflections on a Scholarly Movement Ten Years After Its Birth,” Wesleyan Theological Journal 46:1, Spring 2011

    “The Life of Aesop and the Gospel of Mark: Two Ancient Approaches to Elite Values,” Journal of Biblical Literature 129.5 (2010): 697-714.

    Introduction and notes for the Gospel of Mark, Wesley Study Bible, Abingdon, 2009

    Propers 20-29 in lectionary commentary, New Proclamation Series, Year B (2009), Fortress, 2008

    Exegesis Essays for Lectionary Homiletics, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2008

    “Jesus of History and Canon: Some Thoughts on Interdisciplinary Scholarship,” in Canonical Theism, ed. William J. Abraham, Jason E. Vickers, and Natalie Van Kirk, Eerdmans, 2008

    Review of Reading with Anthropology, by Louise J. Lawrence, Review of Biblical Literature, November 15, 2006

    “The ‘Messianic Secret’: Demythologizing a Non-Existent Markan Theme,” Journal of Theology, Summer 2006

  • Personal Life

    David is married to Harriet. They have two sons: Luke and Sean.