Ben Witherington III

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Ben Witherington III
Born (1951-12-30) December 30, 1951 (age 67)
High Point, NC
TitleProfessor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary
Spouse(s)Ann Witherington
Children2 (1 deceased)
Academic background
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Alma materUniversity of Durham (PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineNew Testament studies
InstitutionsAshland Theological Seminary
Vanderbilt University
Duke Divinity School
Asbury Theological Seminary
Notable worksThe Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest

Ben Witherington III (born December 30, 1951) is an American New Testament scholar. Witherington is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. He has written over thirty books and has made many appearances on radio and television programs, and is frequently featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and other major networks. He also blogs on Patheos.[1]


Born on December 30, 1951, from High Point, North Carolina, Witherington attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, along with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Durham University in England. He is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.


Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by the Evangelical magazine Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Patheos website. Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

He is also a devout pacifist.

Personal life[edit]

Witherington is married to Ann Witherington and had two children, Christy and David.[2] On January 11, 2012 Witherington's daughter died of a pulmonary embolism.[2]

Selected works[edit]


  • Witherington III, Ben (1988). Women in the Earliest Churches. Society for New Testament Studies, Monograph Series. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • ———; Witherington, Ann (1990). Women and the Genesis of Christianity. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • ——— (1994). Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom. London: T & T Clark. ISBN 978-0-567-09701-9.
  • ——— (1997). The Jesus Quest: The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
  • ——— (1998). The Paul Quest: The Renewed Search for the Jew of Tarsus. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
  • ——— (2001). New Testament History : A Narrative Account. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Carlisle, Cumbria, U.K: Paternoster Press; Baker Academic.
  • ——— (2004). The Gospel Code : Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.
  • ——— (2007). What Have They Done with Jesus?. Harper Collins.[3]
  • ——— (2007). Making a Meal of It — Rethinking the Theology of the Lord's Supper. Baylor University Press.[4]
  • ——— (2007). Troubled Waters — Rethinking the Theology of Baptism. Baylor University Press.
  • ——— (2007). The Problem with Evangelical Theology: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism. Baylor University Press. [5]
  • ——— (2001). The Acts of the Apostles. A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, Mich.; Carlisle, UK: Eerdmans; Paternoster Press. ISBN 978-0-802-84501-6. OCLC 37109275.
  • ——— (2014). Jesus the Seer: The Progress of Prophecy. Fortress Press. ISBN 978-1-451-48887-6.
  • ———. New Testament Theology and Ethics. 1. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity Press. ISBN 978-0-830-85133-1. — (forthcoming 16 June 2016)


  1. ^ "Ben Witherington". Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  2. ^ a b Witherington III, Ben (April 2012). "When a Daughter Dies: Walking the Way of Grace in the Midst of Grief". Christianity Today.
  3. ^ Neal Stephenson. "Harper Collins title "Jesus" page". Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Baylor University Press - Ben Witherington III". Retrieved March 14, 2016.
  5. ^ "Book review". Christianity Today. 23. November 9, 2005. Retrieved March 14, 2016.

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