Faculty

David L. Balch

Visiting Professor of New Testament


CONTACT

3041 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
dbalch@utsnyc.edu

EDUCATION

1964, 1966: B.A., M.A., Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.
1969: B.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York City.
1968-70: Fulbright Grant, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany.
1972-73: Ecumenical Institute, Tantur, and Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
1970-74: Ph.D. in New Testament, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
1987-88: Senior Fulbright Scholar to Tübingen, Germany.

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BIOGRAPHY

I was born in a part of the USA that keeps earning its reputation as segregationist and misogynist. As we read the Bible, my brilliant mother was not allowed to speak in worship for all her 90+ years! I earned a doctorate at Yale investigating the New Testament household codes that silence women and found that a white man in Greece, Aristotle, gave them form and content; they did not drop from heaven! Once liberated from an original, rural enclosed culture, I traveled to study diverse cultural values, first to the intellectuals in Germany, where I was fascinated by Ernst Käsemann, who had been imprisoned by the Nazis, then to Israel, later to the artists in Italy; I have spent the last 25 years studying the Roman art of Pompeii. My son, Justin, who loves Latin jazz, introduced me to Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. I also studied briefly at the Catholic university in San Salvador, where I visited the chapel in which Oscar Romero was assassinated. The social, political, and spiritual meaning and context of Jesus, Paul, and Luke intrigue me, as well as the visual Greco-Roman culture in which they lived.

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