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Dr Scott Hafemann

Hafemann 200wI came to St Mary's in the Autumn of 2011 after having served as the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, MA, USA, from 2004-2011, where I had also taught from 1987-1995. Prior to re-joining the faculty of Gordon-Conwell, I was the first holder of the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois, USA from 1995-2004.

My teaching interests focus on the letters of Paul and Peter, the development of a canonically-based biblical theology and Koine Greek.  Those who pursue a Ph.D. under my supervision all work on various instances of the New Testament's reception of the Old Testament and of the traditions of Second Temple Judaism, especially within Paul's epistles and the Gospel of Mark.

My research has centered to date on exegetical and biblical-theological analyses (see below). I am currently at work on commentaries on 1 Peter, on 2 Peter and Jude and on a major monograph on Pauline theology.  In the past, I have also worked on the TNIV and ESV translation teams and from 2002-2012 I was a co-founder, board member and eventually President of Mission: Chad, which exists to support orphan rescue-work and theological education in Chad, where I have also regularly taught, as well as elsewhere overseas, most recently in Greece, Croatia, India, and Canada, with a planned trip to Korea in August of 2014.


Major works in progress (under contract)

2 Peter and Jude, The New International Greek Testament Commentary, ed. I Howard Marshall and W. Ward Gasque (Grand Rapids:  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co)

1 Peter, The Pillar Commentary Series, ed. D. A. Carson (Grand Rapids:  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co)

Paul:  Eschatological Theologian of the New Covenant, WUNT 1.Reihe (Tübingen:  J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck]).

Studies in Paul, Collected Essays (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books).



Dr. theol. 1985: NT Studies. Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

 1981-1982: Visiting Research Student. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Junior Scholar in Residence, Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Research, Tantur, Israel

M.A. 1978: Historical Theology. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA

B.A. 1976: Biblical Studies. Bethel College, St Paul, MN, USA


Academic Honours

Humboldt Research Fellowship Reinstatement, 2008 Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany (to conduct research at the University of Tübingen).

Senior Faculty Research Award 1998-2000 Wheaton College.    

Globalizing Theological Education Team Award 1992 The Association of Theological Schools (to teach at the Latvian Baptist Theological Seminary).  

Humboldt Research Fellowship 1989-1990 Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, West Germany (to conduct research at the University of Tübingen).

Theological Scholarship and Research Award 1989-1990 The Association of Theological Schools.

Lilly Foundation Faculty Research Support Grant, 1989-90 The Lilly Foundation.

Lilly Foundation Faculty Research Support Grant, 1988-1989 The Lilly Foundation.

Faculty Doctoral Scholarship, 1984 Protestant Faculty of Theology and President, University of Tübingen.

Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1981-1982 Rotary International.

Folgestipendium Goethe-Institut Blaubeuren, 1980 Freundeskreis des Goethe-Instituts Blaubeuren E.V.

Outstanding College Student Award, 1976 Junior Chamber of Commerce, St. Paul-Minnesota, MN.


Major publications


Suffering and the Spirit.  An Exegetical Study of II Cor. 2:14-3:3 within the Context of the Corinthian Correspondence, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe, Bd. 19, ed. Martin Hengel and Otfried Hofius (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr [Paul Siebeck], 1986).

Suffering and Ministry in the Spirit.  Paul's Defense of his Ministry in 2 Corinthians 2:14-3:3 (Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990; reprinted, Paternoster Press, 2000).

Translated:  Peter Stuhlmacher, Paul's Letter to the Romans.  A Commentary (Louisville, Ky.:  Westminster/John Knox Press, 1994).

Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel.  The Letter/Spirit Contrast and the Argument from Scripture in 2 Corinthians 3, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 81, ed. Martin Hengel and Otfried Hofius (Tübingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck), 1995.  Also published by Hendrickson Publishing Co., 1996, and Paternoster Press, 2005).

Edited:  with J. Ådna and O. Hofius, Evangelium - Schriftauslegung - Kirche.  Festschrift für Peter Stuhlmacher zum 65. Geburtstag (Göttingen:  Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1997).

2 Corinthians, NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Zondervan Publishing House, 2000).

The God of Promise and the Life of Faith.  Understanding the Heart of the Bible (Wheaton, Ill.:  Crossway Books, 2001).

Edited:  Biblical Theology:  Retrospect and Prospect (Downers Grove, Ill.:  Inter-Varsity Press, 2002).

Co-edited, with Paul R. House:  Central Themes in Biblical Theology:  Mapping unity in diversity, plus the Introduction and the chapter, "The Covenant Relationship" [pp. 20-65] (Nottingham, UK: Inter-Varsity Press and Grand Rapids:  Baker Books, 2007).


Electronic Publications (CD-Based Distance-Education Courses)

The Christian and New Testament Theology (Grand Rapids, Mich.:  Institute of Theological Studies, 2001) [24 hours of lectures; 339 pp. study manual].

Elementary Greek I (S. Hamilton, MA:  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2007) [30 hours of lectures; extensive study manual]

Elementary Greek II (S. Hamilton, MA:  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2008) [30 hours of lectures; extensive study manual]

Faith, Hope, and Love:  A Biblical Theology (S. Hamilton, MA:  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2008) [30 hours of lectures; extensive study manual]


Major Essays in the Last Five Years

"Missions, the Judgment of God, and the Centrality of Scripture – A Response to David Macdonald Paton from 2 Peter, " in Bible and Mission.  A Conversation between Biblical Studies and Missiology, ed. Rollin G. Grams, I. Howard Marshall, Peter F. Penner and Robin L. Routledge; Schwarzenfeld, Germany:  Neufeld Verlag, 2008, pp. 220-245.

"Salvation in Jude 5 and the Argument of 2 Peter 1:3-11," in The Catholic Epistles and Apostolic Tradition, ed. Karl-Wilhelm Niebuhr and Robert W. Wall; Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009, pp. 331-342, 475-482.

"The Kingdom of God as the Mission of God," For the Fame of God's Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper, ed. Sam Storms and Justin Taylor; Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2010, pp. 235-252.

"The (Un)Conditionality of Salvation: The Theological Logic of 2 Peter 1:8-10a," in Getting "Saved," The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament, Charles H. Talbert and Jason A. Whitlark; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, pp. 240-262.

"Divine Judgment and the Completion of the Missionary Task:  Paul's Motivation for Ministry in 1-2 Thessalonians – A Response to Thor Strandenas," in First the Kingdom of God, Festschrift Peter Kuzmic, ed. Miroslav Volf, et al.; Osijek: Evandeoski teoloski fakultet, 2011, pp. 281-294.

"'Divine Nature' in 2 Pet 1:4 within its Eschatological Context," Biblica 94 (2013) 80-99.

"The Redemption of Israel for the Sake of the Gentiles: Romans 15:7-13," in J Willitts & D Rudolph, Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundations, ed. J. Willitts and D. Rudolph; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.

"From Christ to Christ," The Expository Times 125/4 (2014) 179-181

"Noah, the Preacher of (God's) Righteousness": The Argument from Scripture in 2 Peter 2:5 and 9," Catholic Biblical Quarterly, in press.

"Reading Paul's Reading Paul’s ΔΙΚΑΙΟ-Language, A Response to Douglas Campbell," in Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul, ed. Chris Tilling; Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, in print.


Contact details

Dr Scott Hafemann
Reader in New Testament

St Mary's College 
The School of Divinity 
University of St Andrews 
South Street 
St Andrews 
Fife KY16 9JU 
Scotland, United Kingdom

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