J. Ross Wagner

Associate Professor of New Testament


316 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Duke University
407 Chapel Drive
Duke Box #90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


  • B.A. (Michigan State University)
  • M.Di.v, M.A. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
  • Ph.D. (Duke University)

Specializing in Paul’s letters and in Septuagint studies, Professor Wagner seeks to contribute to the recovery of theological exegesis through careful investigation of the ways scriptural interpretation shaped early Jewish and Christian communities. His publications include Heralds of the Good News: Paul and Isaiah in Concert in the Letter to the Romans, Between Gospel and Election: Explorations in the Interpretation of Romans 9–11 (co-edited with Florian Wilk) and Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics. His current research aims to show that theological reflection on the meaning of Jesus’ life has, from the very beginning, required Christian interpreters to wrestle with the textual and linguistic plurality of the scriptures in their witness to God’s actions in Jesus the Messiah.

Wagner serves on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies, The Journal of Theological Interpretation, and Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. He was a Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Göttingen in 2006–2007, 2010 and 2015, and he spent 2009–2010 as a member in residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton. An Anglican priest, he serves as volunteer clergy in a local parish and takes an active part in the Anglican-Episcopal House of Studies.