David E. Garland

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David E. Garland
Born (1947-09-24) September 24, 1947 (age 69)
Crisfield, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Interim President at Baylor University
Religion Christian (Baptist)
Spouse(s) Diana S. Richmond Garland
Academic background
Education University of Tübingen, Macquarie University
Alma mater Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.)
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Sub discipline New Testament studies
Institutions Baylor University
Notable works Mark (NIVAC); 1 Corinthians (BECNT); Theology of Mark (Zondervan)

David E. Garland (born September 24, 1947)[1] currently serves as the interim president of Baylor University, in Waco, Texas. He is Professor of Christian Scriptures at Baylor's George W. Truett Theological Seminary, where he served as the seminary's fourth dean from June 2007 to June 2015. During this time, he was Baylor's interim president of Baylor from August 2008 through May 2010 and Interim provost from July 2014 to June 2015. He was honored to have The David E. Garland Chair of Preaching provided for the seminary through the initial gift of an anonymous donor and subsequent gifts from others. 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 to 1997, and was the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Garland did post-graduate study at the University of Tübingen in Germany from 1984 to 1985 and at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia from 1992 to 1993.

In addition to his administrative duties, Garland is a New Testament scholar, having authored, co-authored, and edited 23 books, which include commentaries on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Colossians, and Philemon. His publishers include Mercer University Press, Baker Books, and Zondervan Publishing. He has also published more than fifty articles and contributed to the acclaimed DVD series, "Deeper Connections," produced by Zondervan. His Mark: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC] received a Silver Medallion from the CBA in 1996. "The Gospel of Mark" in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary received the Gold Medallion Award from the ECPA in 2003. 1 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) received a Silver Medallion from the ECPA and an Award of Merit from Christianity Today in 2004. His most recent book, The Theology of Mark (2015), was nominated as a finalist in the Bible Reference category of the ECPA Christian Book Award. He is an elected member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Dr. Garland remains closely connected to local church ministry. He has preached in churches throughout the US, Australia, and Africa, and has served as interim pastor of sixteen churches in Kentucky, Indiana, and Texas.

Dr. Garland's late wife, Dr. Diana Garland, served as the founding dean of Baylor's School of Social Work, which was renamed in her honor. They co-authored several books, including Flawed Families of the Bible: How God's Grace Works Through Imperfect Relationships (Brazos Press).


  1. ^ "David E. Garland faculty page". Baylor University. Retrieved 3 November 2015.