Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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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 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 in 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.

Selected Publications

Dr. Pao’s publications include 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), and Ascent Into Heaven in the Lukan Writings: New Explorations of Luke’s Narrative Hinge (coeditor, Fortress, 2016). He has also 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 collections of essays 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).

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

Harvard University Teaching Fellowship

Harvard University Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

Evangelical Theological Society

Institute of Biblical Research

Society of Biblical Literature


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