Kevin J. Vanhoozer

Faculty Since 1986-90, 1998-2009, and 2012-present

Research Professor

Systematic Theology


BA, Westmont College

MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary

PhD, Cambridge University, England


Prior to his “third coming” to TEDS, Dr. Vanhoozer served as Blanchard Professor of Theology at Wheaton College and Graduate School (2008-11) and as Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at New College in the University of Edinburgh (1990-98), where he also served on the Panel of Doctrine for the Church of Scotland. He has edited several books, including The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2003), Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker, 2005; Christianity Today Best Biblical Studies Book of the Year, 2006), and a collection of essays by Trinity students entitled Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Influence Trends (Baker, 2005). He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Systematic Theology and the Journal of Theological Interpretation and is the North American Consultant for IVP’s forthcoming New Dictionary of Theology.

Selected Publications

Biblical Narrative in the Philosophy of Paul Ricoeur, Cambridge University Press, 1990

Is There a Meaning in this Text? The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge, Zondervan, 1998; Christianity Today Book Award, 1999

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

First Theology: God, Scripture, and Hermeneutics, InterVarsity Press, 2002

The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology, Westminster John Knox, 2005; Christianity Today Best Theology Book of the Year, 2006

Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion and Authorship, Cambridge University Press, 2010