Charles Cousar

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Charles B. Cousar is an influential author, Professor Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary, a New Testament scholar, and a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA. He has worked extensively with the New Testament to give ministers and others resources to preach and study from.


Charles Cousar was born and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1933. He then continued his education at Davidson College where he graduated with a B.A in 1955. He proceeded to Columbia Theological Seminary where he earned a B.D in 1958. In addition to studying at several other institutions around the world, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1960.


Throughout his career he has published a number of books that have had a great impact on the churches of the Presbyterian Church USA. He however has also worked at a number of academic institutions as well. After earning his Ph.D. he returned to Columbia Theological Seminary and served as an Assistant Professor and an Associate Professor until 1966. After this time he was honored with the position of the Samuel A Cartledge Professor of New Testament, which he served as until 2003. While he was in this position however he also served a number of different roles for Columbia Theological Seminary as well as other schools. At Columbia Theological Seminary, he was the Dean of Academic Affairs, an Interim Dean of Faculty two separate times, and was also the Interim President two times as well. From 1962-1968 he was a visiting professor at Agnes Scott College and in 1969 he was a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary[disambiguation needed].[1]

His breakthrough work and publications have earned him several awards throughout his career. These include the Alumni Fellowship from Columbia Theological Seminary, the Faculty Research Fellowship from the Association of Theological Schools multiple times, and the McCallie School Alumni Achievement Award.

Since 1960 he has also been a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, helping develop new ideas and breakthroughs of the New Testament.[2]


Cousar is best known for his extensive work on New Testament research and his publications of commentaries that are used widely as scholarly teaching tools. One of the most well known series he was involved with was Texts for Preaching, which he co-authored with a number of people including Walter Brueggemann. In addition to the several books he has written, he has also published a number of scholarly articles and written sections for other larger books. Other works include:[3]

  • The Letters of Paul: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series. Abingdon Press(Nov 1, 1996)
  • Galatians (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching). Westminster John Knox Press (January 1, 1986)
  • An Introduction to the New Testament: Witnesses to God's New Work. Westminster John Knox Press; annotated edition edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Theology of the Cross (Overtures to Biblical Theology). Augsburg Fortress Publishing (May 1, 1990)
  • Reading Galatians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Reading the New Testament) (Volume 8). Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated (January 11, 2013).
  • Philippians and Philemon: A Commentary. Westminster John Knox Press(April 2, 2009)
  • Texts for Preaching, Year A: A Lectionary Commentary Based on the NRSV. Westminster John Knox Press (July 7, 1995)
  • Texts for Preaching, Year B: A Lectionary Commentary Based on the NRSV. Westminster John Knox Press (July 7, 1995)
  • Texts for Preaching, Year C: A Lectionary Commentary Based on the NRSV. Westminster John Knox Press (July 7, 1995)


  1. ^ "Cousar Background Information". Columbia Theological Seminary. 
  2. ^ "Society of Biblical Literature". Society of Biblical Literature. 
  3. ^ "Cousar Pbulications". Thoughtful Chrisitan.