C. Clifton Black - Princeton Theological Seminary
C. Clifton Black Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology

C. Clifton Black

Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology


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Curriculum Vitae

C. Clifton Black, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, earned his MA in theology from the University of Bristol, his MDiv from Emory University, and his PhD from Duke University. He is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. While his research interests concentrate in the New Testament’s Gospels, particularly in Mark, he publishes in many fields, including biblical theology, New Testament rhetoric, and the history of biblical interpretation. He offers a broad array of courses, including New Testament introduction, the exegesis of Mark’s Gospel, biblical theology and the practice of ministry, the parables of Jesus, major themes in New Testament theology, the biblical and Shakespearean visions, prayer in the New Testament, series in faith and film, as well as several doctoral-level seminars. He is the author, editor, or collaborating author of 20 books, and has published more than 200 essays, articles, and reviews. Black is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Center of Theological Inquiry, and the American Association of University Professors. He serves as secretary of the American Theological Society.

Select Publications

  • The Lord’s Prayer (Interpretation Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church, 2018).
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, with Samuel E. Balentine, Katherine J. Dell, Andreas Schüle, and Jerry L. Sumney (2 vols., 2015).
  • Reading Scripture with the Saints (2014).
  • Anatomy of the New Testament, with Robert A. Spivey and D. Moody Smith (7th ed., 2013).
  • The Rhetoric of the Gospel: Theological Artistry in the Gospels and Acts (2nd ed., 2013).
  • The Disciples According to Mark: Markan Redaction in Current Debate (2nd ed., 2012).
  • Mark (Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, 2011).