Greg Carey

Professor of New Testament

BA, Rhodes College, 1987 
MA, Vanderbilt University, 1995 
PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1996




Greg Carey has taught at Lancaster Seminary since 1999, having previously taught at Rhodes College and Winthrop University. His publications include numerous studies on the Book of Revelation and ancient apocalyptic literature, rhetorical analysis of the New Testament, and investigations of early Christian self-definition. He is the author or co-editor of six books, including The Gospel According to Luke: All Flesh Shall See God's Salvation, Soundings in Cultural Criticism (co-edited with Francisco Lozada Jr.), and  Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers.  

Courses in New Testament aim to prepare students as effective public interpreters of Scripture. Students engage Scripture not only in its ancient Mediterranean contexts but also as living documents in contemporary and global conversations.

Greg blogs regularly for the Huffington Post religion section and is a contributing editor to the Odyssey Networks' new lectionary resource, ON Scripture. Greg serves as co-chair of the Rhetoric and the New Testament Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and he has appeared in documentaries on the BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel, and most recently the 2011 BBC One documentary, "The Story of Jesus."  

An Alabama native, Greg is a graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University (PhD, 1996). Greg is an active layperson in the United Church of Christ, who serves as Scholar in Residence at Lancaster's Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity. Greg frequently speaks in churches and denominational gatherings, including many invitations to address the Bible and sexual ethics.

Courses Taught

Jesus and the Gospels
Paul and the Early Church
Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
Parables of Jesus
Luke and Acts
Apocalyptic Literature

Specialties & Research

The Book of Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature
The Art of Teaching
Early Christian Social Practices
Literary and Rhetorical Interpretations of the Bible
The Parables of Jesus

Major Publications

Apocalyptic Literature in the New Testament, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2016

The Gospel According to Luke: All Flesh Shall See God's Salvation, Sheffield, England: Sheffield Phoenix, 2012

Soundings in Cultural Criticism: Perspectives and Methods in Culture, Power, and Identity in the New Testament, co-edited with Francisco Lozada Jr., Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013
"Apocalyptic Literature," Oxford Bibliographies Online, New York: Oxford University Press, 2011

Sinners: Jesus and His Earliest Followers, Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009

Ultimate Things: An Introduction to Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2005 

Vision and Persuasion: Rhetorical Dimensions of Apocalyptic Discourse, co-editor with L. Gregory Bloomquist, St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999

"Elusive Apocalypse: Reading Authority in the Revelation to John," Studies in American Biblical Hermeneutics 15, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1999

Resource & Lecture Topics

Parables of Jesus
Early Christians Among Their Neighbors
The Book of Revelation
The Bible and Sexuality

Curriculum Vitae