F. Scott Spencer


spencer_2013Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation

B.A., University of Texas at San Antonio; M.Div., Southwestern Theological Seminary; Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Department of Theology, University of Durham, England

Professor Spencer joined the BTSR faculty in 2002, after teaching thirteen years at Wingate University. He has published numerous articles and reviews in academic journals pertaining to his interests in Jesus and the Gospels, the book of Acts, and the role of women in the New Testament and early church.

In 2008-09 served as President of the southeastern region of the Society of Biblical Literature. He regularly teaches and preaches in area churches and has served interim pastorates in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas.

He has also enjoyed acting in university, seminary, and community theater productions, including recent roles in God’s FavoriteCotton Patch Gospel, and Godspell for The BTSR Shoestring Players and Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach for the Firehouse Theater in Richmond.

E-mail: sspencer@btsr.edu
Phone: (804) 204-1238


Published work(s):

Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles.  Interpreting Biblical Texts. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008.

Dancing Girls, “Loose” Ladies, and Women of “the Cloth”: The Women in Jesus’ Life, Continuum, 2004.

What Did Jesus Do?: Gospel Profiles of Jesus’ Personal Conduct, Trinity Press International, 2003.

Journeying Through Acts: A Literary-Cultural Reading, Hendrickson Publishers, 2004.

The Portrait of Philip in Acts: A Study of Roles and Relations, Sheffield Academic Press, 1992.


Published article(s):

“The Literary/Postmodern View” and “The Literary/Postmodern Response,” in Biblical Hermeneutics: Five Views (ed. Stanley E. Porter and Beth M. Stovall; Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic 2012) 48-69, 146-59.

“The Narrative of Luke-Acts: Getting to Know the Savior God,” Issues in Luke-Acts: Selected Essays (ed. Sean A. Adams and Michael Pahl; Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2012) 121-45

“Scared to Death: The Rhetoric of Fear in the ‘Tragedy’ of Ananias and Sapphira,” in Reading Acts Today: Essays in Honour of Loveday C. A. Alexander (ed. Steve Walton, Lloyd Pietersen; Thomas E. Phillips, and F. Scott Spencer; London: T & T Clark, 2011) 63-80.

“Faith On Edge: The Difficult Case of the Spirit-Seized Boy in Mark 9:14-29,”Review & Expositor 107 (2010) 419-24.

“Scripture, Hermeneutics and Matthew’s Jesus,” Interpretation 64 (2010) 368-78.

“Feminist Criticism,” in Hearing the New Testament: Strategies for Interpretation(2nd ed.; ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010) 289-325.

“Metaphor, Mystery, and the Salvation of Israel in Romans 9-11: Paul’s Appeal to Humility and Doxology,” Review and Expositor 103 (2006) 113-38.

“Preparing the Way of the Lord: Introducing and Interpreting Luke’s Narrative (A Response to David Wenham), in Reading Luke: Interpretation, Reflection, Formation (ed. C. G. Bartholomew, J. B. Green, and A. C. Thiselton; Scripture and Hermeneutics 6; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005) 104-124.

“David and Bathsheba: A Case of Mis-Sent Power,” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (ed. M. Roncace and P. Gray; Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005) 155-56.

“Who’s On First?: Tracking Gospel Relations,” in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (ed. M. Roncace and P. Gray; Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005) 257-59.

“‘Follow Me’: The Imperious Call of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels,” Interpretation 59 (2005) 142-53.

“Those Riotous—yet Righteous—Foremothers of Jesus: Exploring Matthew’s Comic Genealogy,” in Are We Amused?: Humour About Women in the Biblical Worlds (ed. Athalya Brenner; T & T Clark International, 2003) 7-30.

“‘You Just Don’t Understand’ (or Do You?): Jesus, Women and Conversation in the Fourth Gospel,” in A Feminist Companion to the New Testament: John, vol. 1 (ed. Amy-Jill Levine; T & T Clark  International, 2004) 15-47.

“Women of ‘the Cloth’ in Acts: Sewing the Word,” in A Feminist Companion to the New Testament: Acts (ed. Amy-Jill Levine; T & T Clark International, 2004) 134-54.

“A Waiter, a Fisherman, a Magician, and a Eunuch: The Pieces and Puzzles of Acts 8,” Forum, New Series 3 (2000) 155-78.

“Ethiopian Eunuch,” “Eunuch,” “Theudas,” “Damaris,” “Tertullus,” “Sceva,” and “Zealots,” in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (ed. D. N. Freedman), Eerdmans, 2000.

“Out of Mind, Out of Voice: Slave-Girls and Prophetic Daughters in Luke-Acts,”Biblical Interpretation 7 (1999) 133-55.

“Paul’s Odyssey in Acts: Status Struggles and Island Adventures,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 28 (1999) 150-59.

“Philip the Evangelist,” in Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments (ed. R. P. Martin and P. H. Davids; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997) 929-31.

“Neglected Widows in Acts 6:1-7,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 56 (1994) 714-33.

“Acts and Modern Literary Approaches,” in The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting.  Vol. 1: Ancient Literary Setting (ed. B. W. Winter and A. D. Clarke; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993) 381-414.

“The Ethiopian Eunuch and His Bible: A Social-Science Analysis,” Biblical Theology Bulletin 22 (1992) 155-65.

“Beyond Trench’s Study of Synonyms” [Distinguishing New Testament Synonyms for “Patience”], Expository Times 99 (1988) 140-44


Dictionary Articles:

“Imitation of Jesus” and “Jubilee,” in Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (ed. Joel B. Green; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012) 397-99, 428-29.“Forgiveness” and “Women,” in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed.; ed. Joel B. Green; Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, forthcoming 2013).


Translations and Study Bible Projects:

Co-translator of Greek text of Acts for the Common English Bible (2010).

Book of Acts notes in the Common English Study Bible (2012).


Preaching-Related Writings:

Exegetical commentary on two lectionary texts (1 Cor 1:3-9; Eph 1:15-23), www.goodpreacher.com, 2011Exegetical commentary on four lectionary texts (Acts 10:34-43; 4:32-35; 3:12-19; 4:5-12),www.WorkingPreacher.org., Easter season, 2009

“The Good, the Bad, and God: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-28, 31; 4:3-15; 6:5-8, 11-13,” sermon published in Review and Expositor 105 (2008) 295-302.


Book Reviews:

Voorwinde, Stephen. Jesus’ Emotions in the Gospels (London: T & T Clark, 2011),Interpretation (2012).

Wirzba, Norman. The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), Review & Expositor 108 (2011).

González, Justo. Luke. Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2010), Review & Expositor 108 (2011).

Horton, Dennis J. Death and Resurrection: The Shape and Function of a Literary Motif in the Book of Acts (Eugene: Pickwick, 2009), Interpretation 64 (2010) 428-      29.

Kuhn, Karl Allen. The Heart of Biblical Narrative: Rediscovering Biblical Appeal to the Emotions(Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009), Review & Expositor 107 (2010) 91-92

Carey, Greg. Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009),Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010) 137-39.

Burridge, Richard. Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007), Catholic Biblical Quarterly (2009).

Alexander, Loveday C. A. Acts in its Ancient Literary Context: A Classicist Looks at the Acts of the Apostles, in Interpretation 63 (2009) 95-96.

Humphrey, Edith M. And I Turned to See the Voice: The Rhetoric of Vision in the New Testament. Studies in Theological Interpretation (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007), in Interpretation62 (2008) 448.

Thompson, Richard P. Keeping the Church in Its Place: The Church as Narrative Character in Acts (New York: T & T Clark, 2006), in Interpretation 62 (2008) 339-40.

Esler, Philip F. and Ronald A. Piper. Lazarus, Mary and Martha: Social-Scientific Approaches to the Gospel of John (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006), in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 70 (2008) 364-66.