Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



All Faculty
TEDS Faculty Since 1998

David W. Pao, PhD

Chair of the New Testament Department
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 and preached at the Chinese Christian Church of Rhode Island while completing his doctoral work at Harvard, where he majored in Greco-Roman World/Early Christianity. He has taught as a visiting professor in several institutions in Hong Kong, 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 the consulting editor of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series.

Selected Publications

His publications include Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus (Mohr Siebeck/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), and Commentary on Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan, 2012).

He has contributed to a number of collections of essays and reference works, including The Expositor’s Bible Commentary (vol. 10; Zondervan, 2007), Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Baker, 2007), and The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary (Baker, 2012).

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Evangelical Theological Society
Institute of Biblical Research
Society of Biblical Literature


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