Professor David Downs


B.A. in English and Political Science, Clemson University, 1999

M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2002

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2007

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross, 2006-2007

Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2007-2011

Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011-2019

Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2016-2019


Research Area(s): 

Biblical Studies: Old Testament 

Biblical Studies: New Testament 


Research Interests:

Pauline Epistles; Economic Issues in Early Christianity; Jude and 2 Peter; Apostolic Fathers; Biblical Interpretation and Public Health in Tanzania.



Introducing the New Testament: Its Literature and Theology. Co-authored with Joel B. Green and Marianne Meye Thompson. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans: in press.

“The Role (and Absence) of Genesis 1–4 in the Argument of 1 Clement,” in The Letter of First Clement as an Argumentative Text (ed. David du Toit and Jacob Cerone; Leiden: Brill, in press).

“Poverty and Wealth in the Catholic Epistles: A Canonical Approach,’ in Is It Good to Be Rich? Answers from Antiquity and the Bible (eds. Peter Altmann, Frank Uebersacher, and Nadine Uebersacher; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, in press).

“The Ecclesiology of the Catholic Epistles,’” in The Oxford Handbook of Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles (ed. Patrick Gray; Oxford: Oxford University Press, in press).

“Jesus the Door: Gate Christology Gospel of John and in Second Century Christianity,” in Early High Christology: John among the New Testament Writers: Essays in Honor of Marianne Meye Thompson, ed. Christopher Blumhofer, Diane Chen, and Joel B. Green (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2024), 173-83.

“‘Many Have Sold Themselves into Slavery’: Voluntary Imprisonment and Slavery in 1 Clement 55.” Pages 397-415 in Associations, Deities, and Early Christianity (ed. Bruce W. Longenecker; Waco: Baylor University Press, 2022).

“Church, Church Ministry, and Church Order,” in The Cambridge Companion to the Apostolic Fathers (eds. Michael F. Bird and Scott Harrower; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 156-74.


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