My name is Dustin Ellington, and on this site I occasionally share what I’m finding in Scripture or offer insights into the process of interpreting the Bible.
About me: I seek to live in close relationship with God. I hope I can be helpful to others on their journey with God; I try to do this especially through conversations, teaching, and writing. I’m trained as a New Testament scholar. Most of my academic articles are related to 1 and 2 Corinthians and ways that Jesus Christ and the gospel shape Christian life, ministry, and mission. I’m also interested in exploring how students can learn to use literary methods of interpreting the Bible while simultaneously thinking seriously about their contexts of life and ministry. In 2022, I am moving to ba a New Testament professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon (http://abtslebanon.org/), where I’ve regularly been a visiting faculty member. My wife Sherri and I serve through an organization called The Antioch Partners (https://www.theantiochpartners.org/).
From 2010 to 2022, I was on the faculty of Justo Mwale University in Lusaka, Zambia, and hope to continue offering intensive courses there. I continue as a research fellow of the Department of Old and New Testaments at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). I taught at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, 2005 to 2009. I did my Ph.D. in New Testament at Duke University, finishing in 2004. Richard Hays was my dissertation supervisor, and I was a teaching assistant for E.P. Sanders, Ellen Davis, and Joel Marcus. I served as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at First Presbyterian Church of Visalia, California (1995-1999), where I was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, and where I’m a member of the Presbytery of San Joaquin (P.C.U.S.A). I received my M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and my B.A. from Stanford.
I hope my teaching and writing can serve the progress of the gospel and the faithfulness of the church. Articles I’ve written can be found in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Scriptura, Acta Theologica, Missionalia, and Word and Context. I’ve also contributed chapters for several books. I was the writer for the introduction, study notes, and questions for reflection on 1 Corinthians in the NIV Bible called God’s Justice. Most of my academic articles can be accessed at the following: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dustin_Ellington/research or https://abtslebanon.academia.edu/DustinEllington
I’m thankful to be married to Sherri since 1994, and we have two (now grown) sons. We’ve been blessed as a family to live in Egypt and Zambia. I like languages and enjoy spending time with the Greek Bible and learning to read and speak Arabic. I grew up in Kentucky.