Dr. Orrey McFarland
VISITING PROFESSOR OF NEW TESTAMENT AND HISTORICAL THEOLOGY
Oklahoma Baptist University, BA; Durham University, MA (Biblical Studies), PhD (Theology and Religion).
Dr. McFarland’s desire is to help students grow in their understanding of the Gospel of God’s grace as it is revealed in Scripture. The Gospel gives the comfort that we are not saved by our own effort or worth but are justified by faith; and, as the Reformer Martin Luther put it, “faith is God’s work in us, that changes us and gives new birth from God.” Dr. McFarland believes that studying Scripture strengthens the faith that honors God and frees one to love his or her neighbor in proclamation and service.
The primary focus of Dr. McFarland’s research and writing is on the Apostle Paul, but he is also interested more broadly in the history of scriptural interpretation, early Christian theology in relation to the writings of Second Temple Judaism, and historical theology.
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Dr. McFarland completed his PhD at Durham University in the north of England. He is a candidate for ordination in the North American Lutheran Church, and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. McFarland lives in Oklahoma with his wife, Kristi, and enjoys reading, playing and watching basketball, good movies and TV, and trying to make himself run in the mornings.
- God and Grace in Philo and Paul (Supplements to Novum Testamentum; Leiden: Brill, forthcoming).
- “Divine Causation and Transcendence: The Philosophical and Theological Role of Prepositions in Philo and Paul,” in Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition (eds. J.R. Dodson and A.W. Pitts; London: T&T Clark; forthcoming).
- “Philo of Alexandria and Romans 9:1-29: Grace, Mercy, and Reason,” in Reading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism (eds. B.C. Blackwell, J.K. Goodrich, J. Maston; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015).
- “‘The One Jesus Christ’: Romans 5.12-21 and the Development of Karl Barth’s Christology,” Scottish Journal of Theology 67.3 (2014).
- “‘The One Who Calls in Grace’: Paul’s Rhetorical and Theological Identification with the Galatians,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 35.2 (2013) 151-165.
- “Whose Abraham, Which Promise? Genesis 15.6 in Philo’s De Virtutibus and Romans 4,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35.2 (2012) 107-129.