Douglas Moo, Ph.D.

Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 548
Phone: (630)752-5273


Ph.D. University of St. Andrews in Scotland, 1980

About Douglas Moo

On a plaque mounted in my office are the words of the great pietist theologian Johann Albrecht Bengel: "Apply yourself wholly to the text; apply the text wholly to yourself." In my academic career, I have applied myself to the text by teaching New Testament and writing commentaries on the text-on James, 2 Peter and Jude, and Romans. I have also sought-undoubtedly less successfully-to apply the text I teach and write about to myself. Yet since the text I deal with is no less than God's word to his people, I must grapple not only with original meaning but with application to myself and to the contemporary church. Toward that end, I have also been active in my local church, serving as elder most years, in teaching and preaching to the church, and in conducting home Bible studies. Also very rewarding has been my service on the Committee on Bible Translation, the group of scholars charged with revising the text of the NIV and with producing the TNIV.

For over twenty years my ministry was based at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, IL. Now that I am at Wheaton Graduate School, I am enjoying the challenge of adapting to a new institution, discovering the delights of new colleagues, and meeting the challenges posed by a different type of student. My academic interests revolve around the interface of exegesis and theology. I seek to model to students a rigorous approach to the Greek text that always asks the "so what" questions of ultimate significance and application. The Pauline and general letters have been my special focus within the NT canon. In the next few years I will be writing commentaries on Galatians and Hebrews, a Pauline theology, and a theological/practical book on creation care. My wife Jenny and I have five grown children.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 543 New Testament Criticism
  • BITH 546 New Testament Book Studies from the English Text
  • BITH 548 Life and Teachings of Paul
  • BITH 646 New Testament Books Studies from the Greek Text
  • BITH 648 New Testament Theology
  • BITH 649 Advanced New Testament Topics
  • BITH 882 Various PhD Seminar Topics

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature


  • Pauline Theology
  • Creation Theology, with special reference to environmental issues
  • Galatians
  • Hebrews

Papers Published and/or Presented

Romans. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.

The Epistle of James. Pillar Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

2 Peter, Jude. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Introduction to the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005 (with D.A. Carson).

The Epistle of James. Tyndale New Testament Commentary. Leicester: IVP/Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985.

The Old Testament in the Gospel Passion Narratives. Sheffield: Almond, 1983.

Books co-Authored

The Rapture: Pre-, Mid-, or Post-Tribulational? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984 (co-author with R. Reiter, G. Archer, and P. Feinberg).

The Law, the Gospel, and the Modern Christian: Five Views. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993 (with W. Strickland, W. VanGemeren, W. Kaiser, and G. Bahnsen).

Romans 1-8. Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary. Chicago: Moody, 1991.

Selected Articles and Parts of Books

"1 Timothy 2:11-15: Meaning and Significance." Trinity Journal 1 (1980) 62-83.

"The Interpretation of 1 Timothy 2:11-15: A Rejoinder." Trinity Journal 2 (1981) 198-222.

"'Law,' 'Works of the Law' and Legalism in Paul." Westminster Theological Journal 45 (1983) 73-100.

"Tradition and Old Testament in Matt 27:3-10." In Gospel Perspectives, Vol. 3: Studies in Midrash and Historiography. Ed. R.T. France and David Wenham. Sheffield: JSOT, 1983.

"Jesus and the Authority of the Mosaic Law." Journal for the Study of the New Testament 20 (1984) 3-49.

"The Problem of Sensus Plenior." In Hermeneutics, Authority, Canon. Ed. D.A. Carson and J.D. Woodbridge. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986.

"Israel and Paul in Romans 7.7-12." New Testament Studies 32 (1986) 122-35.

"Paul and the Law in the Last Ten Years." Scottish Journal of Theology 40 (1987) 287-307.

"The Law of Moses or the Law of Christ." In Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship between the Old and New Testament. Essays in Honor of S. Lewis Johnson, Jr. Ed. John S. Feinberg. Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1988.

"Divine Healing in the Health and Wealth Gospel." Trinity Journal 9 (1988) 191-209.

"The Theology of Romans 9-11: A Response to E. Elizabeth Johnson." In Pauline Theology, Vol. 3: Romans. Ed. D. M. Hay and E. E. Johnson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1995.

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