Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Professor Johnson's research concerns the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament, including the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity, Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.
A prolific author, Johnson has penned 28 books and more than 300 scholarly and popular articles, lectures, and reviews. His 1986 book The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, now in its second edition, is widely used in seminaries and departments of religion throughout the world. His rebuttal of the Jesus Seminar in 1996 with The Real Jesus: the Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels sparked a national discussion and made the cover of Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. A former Benedictine monk, Johnson is a highly sought-after lecturer, the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, a member of several editorial and advisory boards, and a senior fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He received the prestigious 2011 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book Among the Gentiles: Greco-Romaman Religion and Christianity (2009, Yale University Press), which explores the relationship between early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism. His most recent book, Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians, (2011, Eerdmans) was awarded first place in the Scripture category of the Catholic Press Association’s 2012 book awards.