D. Moody Smith

D. Moody Smith

George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament

(919) 489-9574
dsmith8282@nc.rr.com

2728 Spencer Street
Durham, NC 27705

Biography

Five years after beginning his teaching career at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Moody Smith joined the Duke faculty, where he taught in the Divinity School as well as the Graduate Program in Religion, in 1965. From 1974 through 1980 he was Director of Graduate Studies in Religion. In the course of his graduate teaching he directed the dissertations of two dozen New Testament Ph.D. students, most of whom subsequently taught in theological schools, from Indonesia to the Central African Republic.

Although his research centered on the Gospel and Epistles of John, on which he has published extensively, he taught a wide range of New Testament courses, particularly on the Gospels and Jesus. This broader interest is reflected in the introduction, Anatomy of New Testament (6th ed., with Robert A. Spivey and C. Clifton Black, 2007), which has been in print continuously since published in 1969.

Early in his career Smith spent two years in postdoctoral study, first in Zurich and Basel (1963-64; Lilly Fellowship) and then in Cambridge (1970-71; Guggenheim Fellowship). In 1990 and 1991 he was a resident member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. In 1996 he was presented a Festschrift, Exploring the Gospel of John in Honor of D. Moody Smith. Edited by two former graduate students, R. Alan Culpepper, Dean of McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and C. Clifton Black, Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, it is still in print. In 1999 he served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Degrees

B.A., Davidson
B.D., Duke
M.A. and Ph.D., Yale
D. Litt., Davidson

Publications

  • The Composition and Order of the Fourth Gospel: Bultmann's Literary Theory, Yale University Press, 1965.
  • Anatomy of the New Testament: A Guide to its Structure and Meaning, six editions, Macmillan and Prentice Hall, 1965-2007.
  • First, Second, and Third John, Interpretation (commentary series), John Knox Press, 1993.
  • The Theology of the Gospel of John, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • John, Abingdon New Testament Commentaries, Abingdon Press, 1999.
  • John among the Gospels, 2nd ed., University of South Carolina Press, 2001.

Additional Information

Recommendations

  • Albert Schweitzer, The Quest of the Historical Jesus, First Complete Edition, 2001.
  • Rudolf Bultmann, Theology of the New Testament
  • Ed P. Sanders, Jesus and Judaism
  • J. Louis Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel
  • R. Alan Culpepper, Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel
  • Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name