Luke Timothy Johnson (born November 20, 1943) is the R. W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Professor Johnson's research interests encompass the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.
He often lectures at universities and seminaries worldwide. He is a noted critic of the Jesus Seminar, often taking stances against Burton Mack, Robert Funk and John Dominic Crossan in discussions of the "historical Jesus." He attempts to set out more balanced and critical observations on this hotly debated topic by emphasizing the importance of tradition, experience and belief.
A native of Park Falls, Wisconsin, Johnson was educated in public and parochial schools. A Benedictine monk and priest at St. Joseph Abbey, St. Benedict, LA, from 1963 to 1972, he received a B.A. in Philosophy from Notre Dame Seminary in 1966, a M.Div. in Theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology in 1970, an M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University in 1976. He has also taught at St. Meinrad, Saint Joseph Seminary College, Yale Divinity School, and Indiana University. He belongs to several professional associations and holds a number of editorial positions.
Professor Johnson's research interests encompass the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.
- PhD, Yale University, 1976
- MDiv, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 1970
- MA, Indiana University, 1970
- BA, Notre Dame Seminary, 1967
Brother of Jesus: Friend of God (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company 2004) The First and Second Letters to Timothy (Yale Universtiy Press 2001) Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the Gospel (HarperOne 1999) Religious Experience: A Missing Dimension in New Testament Studies(Augsburg Fortress 1998) Reading Romans: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Crossroads Press 1997) Letters to Paul's Delegates: A Commentary on 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus(1996) Scripture and Discernment: Decision Making in the Church (Abingdon Press 1996) The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperOne 1996) The Letter of James (Commentary) (The Doubleday Religious Press 1995) Proclamation 5: Interpreting the Lessons of the Church Year(Liturgical Press 1993) The Acts of the Apostles (Commentary) (Liturgical Press 1992) Luke (Commentary) (Liturgical Press 1991) Faith's Freedom: A Classic Spirituality for Contemporary Christians (1990) 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus (1987) The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation (Augsburg Fortress 1986), (2nd. ed. Augsburg Fortress 1998) Decision Making in the Church: A Biblical Model (1983) Luke-Acts: A Story of Prophet and People (1982) Some Hard Blessings: Meditations on the Beatitudes in Matthew (1981) Sharing Possessions: Mandate and Symbol of Faith (1981) Invitation to the Letters of Paul III: Ephesians, Colossians, Pastorals (Commentary) (1980) The Literary Function of Possessions in Luke-Acts (1977) Teaching Religion to Undergraduates (1973)