Jonathan  Linebaugh
Anglican Chair of Divinity, Director of the Institute of Anglican Studies
Beeson Divinity School
New Testament and Christian Theology
 Divinity Hall

Jonathan Linebaugh came to Beeson Divinity School as the Anglican Chair of Divinity in 2022 from the University of Cambridge where he was a professor of New Testament and a fellow of Jesus College. His research and teaching focus on the texts, contexts and history of reading Paul’s letters, as well as the history and theology of the Reformation. Linebaugh will also serve as the director of the Institute of Anglican Studies, and he will teach courses in New Testament, Reformation theology and Anglican history, doctrine and worship.

Linebaugh, who was ordained in The Episcopal Church in 2008, has had an extensive preaching and education ministry in churches throughout the worldwide Anglican communion, especially in England and North America. He also serves on the Council of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Examination in Theology/Lambeth Research Degrees in Theology and is a Teaching Fellow for the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for Ridley Hall, an evangelical theological seminary in the Church of England.

Prior to Cambridge, he was an associate professor of New Testament at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he also directed the Doctor of Ministry program in the History, Doctrine and Worship of the English Reformation. He serves on the editorial advisory board for the Library of Pauline Studies and is a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Word of the Cross: Reading Paul and God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions.

He is married to Megan, and they have three children: Liam, Callie and Anna.


  • PhD, University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • MDiv, Trinity School for Ministry
  • BS, Messiah College


  • The New Perspective on Grace: Paul and the Gospel after 'Paul and the Gift' (Eerdmans, 2023)
  • The Word of the Cross: Reading Paul (Eerdmans, 2022)
  • God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions (Eerdmans, 2018)
  • Reformation Readings of Paul: Explorations in History and Exegesis (IVP Academic, 2015)
  • God, Grace, and Righteousness: Wisdom of Solomon and Paul's Letter to the Romans in Conversation (Brill, 2013)
  • Not I, but Christ: Death, Life, and the Self in and after Galatians 2 (Eerdmans, forthcoming)

Selected Articles and Essays

  • "The Speech of the Dead: Identifying the No Longer yet Now Living I of Galatians 2:20." New Testament Studies 66.1 (2020): 87-105
  • "Creative and Incongruous Grace: Reading Paul and the Gift with Martin Luther." International Journal of Systematic Theology 22:1 (2020): 47-56
  • "Relational Hermeneutics and Comparison as Conversation." In Comparing Traditions. Edited by John M. G. Barclay. Library for the Study of the New Testament Series (London: T&T Clark, 2020)
  • "The Grammar of the Gospel: Justification as a Theological Criterion in the Reformation and Galatians.” Scottish Journal of Theology 71.3 (2018): 287-307.
  • “Participation and the Person in Pauline Theology: A Response to Susan Eastman’s Paul and the Person.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament40.4 (2018): 516-523.
  • “Not the End: The History and Hope of the Unfailing Word in Romans 9-11.” In God and Israel: Providence and Purpose in Romans 9-11. Edited by Todd D. Still (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2017).
  • “Righteousness Revealed: The Death of Christ as the Definition of the Righteousness of God.” In Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination (edited by Ben Blackwell, John Goodrich, and Jason Maston. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016).
  • “The Texts of Paul and the Theology of Cranmer.” In Reformation Readings of Paul (edited by R. Michael Allen and Jonathan A. Linebaugh. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015).
  • “The Christo-Centrism of Faith in Christ: Martin Luther’s Reading of Galatians 2:16, 19-20.” New Testament Studies 59.4 (2013): 535-544.
  • “Scandalous and Foolish: Debating and Defining Grace with Pseudo-Solomon and Saint Paul.” In Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F.M. Zahl (edited by John D. Koch and Todd Brewer. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013).
  • Announcing the Human: Rethinking the Relationship between Wisdom of Solomon 13-14 and Romans 1.18-32.” New Testament Studies 57.2 (2011): 214-237.
  • “Rational or Radical: Origen on Romans 9.10-14.” Studia Patristica 52 (2011): 63-69.
  • “Debating Diagonal δικαιοσύνη: The Epistle of Enoch and Paul in Theological Conversation.” Early Christianity 1 (2010): 107-128.

Research Interests

  • Pauline Theology
  • The Reception History of the New Testament
  • The Contexts and Contemporaneous Literature of the New Testament
  • Reformation Theology and History
  • The Intersections of Exegesis, Doctrine and Pastoral Ministry


  • Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies (2022-present)
  • Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (2021-present)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (2006-present)
  • British New Testament Society (2009-present)