Te-Li Lau

Faculty Since 2008

Associate Professor

New Testament


BS, MS, Stanford University

MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

ThM, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

PhD, Emory University


Before pursuing theological studies, Dr. Lau served in the Singapore military for two and a half years and worked in Silicon Valley for ten years, obtaining several patents in the field of computer engineering. He taught New Testament Greek at Singapore Bible College, TEDS, and Emory University.


His research interest is in Pauline studies, the comparison of New Testament texts with Confucian writings, moral psychology, and the role of emotion in moral formation.


Dr. Lau loves Asian cuisine, be it Malay, Chinese, Japanese, or Indian. He enjoys watching action movies and listening to Jazz music. His favorite Jazz artists include Stan Getz, Chet Baker, and Keith Jarrett. He relishes walking in the woods with his family.


As a former engineer, He is eager to learn how technology can facilitate effective pedagogy. He still loves Emacs and write his lecture notes with it.

Selected Publications

Defending Shame: Its Formative Power in Paul’s Letters (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2020)

“The Politics of Peace: Ephesians, Dio Chrysostom, and the Confucian Four Book”. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 133. (Leiden: Brill, 2010)

“Introduction and notes for Ephesians” NIV Study Bible (Zondervan, 2015)

Affiliations & Achievements

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Woodruff Library Fellowship: Emory Center of Interactive Teaching, Emory University, 2006
  • Graduate School Fellowship: Emory University, 2002-2005
  • Ludvig Pedersen Award for best NT thesis: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2002
  • Co-inventor on 9 patents in the field of computer engineering issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, 1996-2011
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society: Stanford University., 1988