Daniel L. Smith-Christopher

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Keynote speech at the School of Discipleship conference, Canberra, July 2009

Daniel L. Smith-Christopher (born 1955) is an American Biblical theologian and author. He is Professor of Theological Studies and Director of Peace Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and is frequently quoted on the History Channel's religious programs.[1]

Smith-Christopher was born on 12 April 1955 in Portland, Oregon. He attended George Fox College (B.A.); Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana; M.Div.) and received his doctorate in Old Testament Studies at Oxford University in England, in 1987. Since 1989 he has taught at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. Christopher lectures frequently for various adult education venues of the Roman Catholic, United Methodist, Uniting Church in Australia, and other Christian churches. He is frequently quoted in the History Channel's Mysteries of the Bible and other documentaries on religious themes for A&E, the History Channel, National Geographic, and PBS.[1]

Although not Roman Catholic, and therefore not able to be a permanent member, Christopher was recently[when?] appointed by Cardinal Roger Mahony as a Permanent Consultant to the "Theological Commission" of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.[1] Christopher was awarded a Lilly Endowment grant, and with Prof. Mustansir Mir, a noted Quran scholar, Christopher coordinated the seminar and lectured with Dr. Mir on the topic "Peace and Justice in the Bible and the Quran" in summer 2003.[1] Also in summer 2003, Christopher was invited to deliver a paper for a World Council of Churches consultation in Bangor, Wales (UK), and in the summer of 2004, he delivered a paper at the Parliament of World Religions held in Barcelona, Spain.[1] The theological publisher Fortress Press (Minneapolis), named Christopher Undergraduate Theology Teacher of the Year in 2006.[1]


  • The Religion of the Landless (1989)
  • The Citizen-Temple Community, Joel Weinberg (Translated from German by Daniel Smith-Christopher, 1994)
  • Commentary on Daniel (for The New Interpreter's Bible, Vol. 7: Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1996)
  • Commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah (Oxford Bible Commentary, 2001)
  • Practiced in the Presence: Essays in Honor of T. Canby Jones (with D. N. Snarr, 1994)
  • Subverting Hatred: The Challenge of Nonviolence in Religious Traditions (1998)
  • A Biblical Theology of Exile (Overtures to Biblical Theology) (2002)
  • The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice - High School Textbook (2005)
  • The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice-Teachers Edition (with Janie Gustafson, Ph.D., 2005)
  • Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible (2007)
  • Lost Books of the Bible for Dummies (with Stephen Spignesi, 2008)


  1. ^ a b c d e f LMU Theological Studies at the Wayback Machine (archived March 7, 2012)