Family and education
Hoehner was born in Sangerfield, New York to Walter and Mary (née Siegel) Hoehner, farmers of Swiss and German descent, respectively. He earned his B.A. (1958) from Barrington College, his Th.M. (1962) and Th.D. (1965) from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. (1968) from Cambridge University; he also did postdoctoral study at Tübingen University and Cambridge University. Hoehner married Virginia (Gini) Bryan on June 7 1958, with whom he had four children (Stephen, Susan, David, and Deborah).
Hoehner joined the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary in 1968 as an instructor, becoming an assistant professor there the same year. In 1973 he became associate professor of New Testament, and professor of New Testament and chairman of New Testament and Bible Exposition in 1977. He became distinguished professor of New Testament studies in 1999. He served as director of Ph.D. studies from 1975 until 2002. During his tenure, he had a significant influence on the seminary's approach to teaching biblical exegesis, and became well known for his work on biblical chronology. Hoehner also committed a major portion of his later years as a Bible translator, serving on the translation or review teams for the revision of the New Century Version (1991), the update of the New American Standard Bible (1995), the English Standard Version (2001), the second edition of the New Living Translation (2004), and the first edition of the NET Bible (2005). He was a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute for Biblical Research, the Society for New Testament Studies, and the board of directors for Jews for Jesus.
Hoehner wrote for several scholarly journals, including more than thirty articles for Bibliotheca Sacra. His doctoral dissertation on Herod Antipas was published by Cambridge University Press (1972, ISBN 978-0-521-08132-0), and continues to be a standard work on the subject. His publication Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ (1978, ISBN 978-0-310-26211-4) is often cited in attempts to affix a date to the crucifixion of Jesus, as well as understanding the seventy weeks of Daniel. His "magnum opus", Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary (2002, ISBN 978-0-8010-2614-0), called by Craig Blomberg "one of the most prodigious efforts by an individual New Testament scholars in recent times", is noted for its lengthy defense of the epistle's Pauline authorship.
Death and legacy
Hoehner died at the age of 74 in his home in Dallas, Texas after a morning run on February 12 2009. Among the colleagues and former students contributing to his Festschrift, Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis (2006, ISBN 1-58134-408-2), were Darrell Bock, Daniel B. Wallace, E. Earle Ellis, I. Howard Marshall, and Edwin M. Yamauchi.
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