David W. Pao

Faculty Since 1998

Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Professor of New Testament


BA, Wheaton College
MA, Wheaton College Graduate School
MTS, MA, PhD, Harvard University


Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity, Dr. Pao taught at Harvard University as a Teaching Fellow in the area of Greco-Roman World and Early Christianity. He has also served as a visiting professor at several institutions in Hong Kong, China, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.Dr. Pao is also involved in a number of Bible translation projects, and he is currently serving as the New Testament editor of the Tien Dao Bible Commentary series and consulting editor of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series.
He has published eight volumes in Chinese in the Guides to Biblical Studies series (Tien Dao, 2015–). Among other projects, he is currently working on commentaries on The Pastoral Epistles (Brill Exegetical Commentary) and The Gospel of Matthew (Tyndale New Testament Commentary).
He has contributed to a number of essay collections and reference works, including Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture (Baker, 2005), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (vol. 10; Zondervan, 2007), New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon, 2008), Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker, 2007), The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary (Baker, 2012), The NIV Zondervan Study Bible (Zondervan, 2015), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Gruyter, 2016), and Christian Higher Education: Teaching and Learning in the Evangelical Tradition (Crossway, 2018).

Selected Publications

Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus (Mohr Siebeck, 2000/Baker, 2002) Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme (InterVarsity, 2002) 

Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols (coeditor, Brill, 2003)

Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, 2 vols. (TienDao, 2008, 2009) 

After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement (coeditor, Pickwick, 2011) 

Commentary on Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan, 2012) 

Ascent Into Heaven in the Lukan Writings: New Explorations of Luke’s Narrative Hinge (coeditor, Fortress, 2016)


  • Harvard University Teaching Fellowship
  • Harvard University Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature