David E. Garland

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David E. Garland
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 67)
Crisfield, Maryland
Occupation university professor

David E. Garland (born September 24, 1947)[1] currently serves at the Dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the interim president of Baylor University. Dr. David E. Garland began at Truett in 2000 as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and became Truett Seminary's fourth dean on June 1, 2007. He also served as interim president of Baylor University from August 2008 until May 2010. He received his M. Div. and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on the Southern faculty for 21 years, was Chairman of the Biblical Division from 1992-1997, and was the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation from 1993 -1997. Dr. Garland did post-graduate study at University of Tübingen in Germany in 1984-85 and at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia in 1992-93.

In addition to his administrative duties, Garland is a New Testament scholar, having written several books, and contributed to, and edited many New Testament Biblical commentaries. His publishers include Mercer University Press, Baker Books, and Zondervan Publishing. He has authored, co-authored, and edited seventeen books, including The Intention of Matthew 23 (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1979); Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the First Gospel (Macon: Smyth and Helwys: 2000); Mark, NIVAC (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996); Colossians / Philemon, NIVAC (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998); 2 Corinthians (NAC; Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 1999); "Gospel of Mark" in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2002); and 1 Corinthians, BECNT (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003); and he has published more than fifty articles. The commentary on Mark received a Silver Medallion from the CBA in 1996. The commentary of the "Gospel of Mark" received the Gold Medallion in 2003, and the commentary on 1 Corinthians received a Silver Medallion from the CBA and an Award of Merit from Christianity Today in 2004. He currently serves as the New Testament editor for the revision of the Expositor's Bible Commentary for which he has written a commentary on Philippians and is a consulting editor for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series for which he is writing a commentary on Luke. His most recent book is co-authored with his wife Diana, Dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor, entitled: Flawed Families of the Bible: How God's Grace Works Through Imperfect Relationships (Brazos Press). He also contributed to the acclaimed DVD series "Deeper Connections" produced by Zondervan. He is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Dr. Garland remains closely connected to local church ministry and has served as Interim Pastor of sixteen churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas. He became Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Truett in 2000 and has preached in numerous churches throughout the U.S. and Australia

Dr. Garland's wife, Dr. Diana Garland, serves as the Dean of Baylor's School of Social Work; she previously served as the Dean of SBTS' Carver School of Social Work before her dismissal and the subsequent closure of the program.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
John M. Lilley
President of Baylor University
Succeeded by
Ken Starr