Dennis R. MacDonald

John Wesley Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins

Craig 201
(909) 447-2594
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Dr. MacDonald areas of teaching and research include the relationship of Q to the Gospel of Mark, Luke-Acts, Christian apocrypha, and the role of literary imitation in the composition of ancient religious narratives. As his publications demonstrate, he is particularly interested in the intersections of Homer with canonical and extra-canonical literature. MacDonald serves as Co-Director of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity at Claremont Graduate University.


A.B. - Bob Jones University
M.Div. - McCormick Theological Seminary
Ph.D. - Harvard University

Recent Publications / Achievements

The Intertextuality of the Epistles: Explorations of Theory and Practice, ed.(Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd, 2006)

Acts of Andrew, ed. (Polebridge Press, 2005)

Does the New Testament Imitate Homer?: Four Cases from the Acts of the Apostles (Yale University Press, 2003)

Mimesis & Intertextuality in Antiquity & Christianity (Trinity Press International, 2001)

The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark (Yale University Press, 2000)

Christianizing Homer: The Odyssey, Plato, and the Acts of Andrew (Oxford University Press, 1994)

The Legend and the Apostle: The Battle for Paul in Story and Canon (Westminster John Knox Pres, 1983)