David Alan Black holds a D. Theol. from the University of Basel, is the author of more than a dozen books, and is a professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although he cut his authorial teeth publishing books on Greek and linguistics, he recently has published a book applying Jesus’ life and ministry to discipleship in the United States. In The Jesus Paradigm, he urges the American church to return to her biblical moorings in order to truly follow Jesus and fulfill the Great Commission. In the book, Black plays the role of gadfly. Although the reader may not be in agreement with Black on every point, the reader can be assured that he will find himself surprised, challenged, and engaged as he turns the pages of The Jesus Paradigm. The Table of Contents gives a glimpse of how the author builds his argument:
Chapter 1 – Introduction: The Jesus Paradigm
Chapter 2 – The Liberated Church: Recasting Our Vision of Discipleship
Chapter 3 – The Radical Reformation: The Anabaptists and Suffering Servanthood
Chapter 4 – The Priestly Kingdom: Communal Ecclesiology and Every-Member Ministry
Chapter 5 – The Community of the Spirit: Leadership Jesus’ Style
Chapter 6 – The Politics of Jesus: Disarming the Principalities and Powers
Chapter 7 – The Future of Christianity: Habits of the Upside-Down Community
Afterword – A New Paradigm for Theological Education?
If you are a prospective seminary student, allow me invite you to come study with David Alan Black at Southeastern Seminary. Dr. Black has been Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern since 1998. He holds a D.Theol. from the University of Basel, Switzerland, has completed additional studies at Jerusalem University College (Israel), and is a member of the European Society for New Testament Studies, and is the author of many books including Learn to Read New Testament Greek (B&H, 2009), Its Still Greek to Me (Baker, 1998), New Testament Textual Criticism (Baker, 1994), Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek (Baker, 2000), and Using New Testament Greek in Ministry (Baker, 1993). He is actively involved in mission work, traveling to Ethiopia and other countries at least twice a year for the past two decades.