Marvin Wilson

Marvin Wilson

Marvin R. Wilson was, until his retirement in 2018, the Harold J. Ockenga Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts. He has been honored four times at Gordon commencements with the senior faculty award for “Excellence in Teaching.” His field-trip course at Gordon, titled “Modern Jewish Culture,” which has intoduced generations of Gordon students to their Jewish neighbors, is cited as an educational model in the field of interfaith relations.

Wilson has authored or edited several books and also penned numerous articles in both scholarly and popular periodicals. Among his most important works is Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans and Dayton: Center for Judaic-Christian Studies, 1989; 2nd ed., 2021), a textbook on the Hebrew heritage of the church. His most recent book on Jewish-Christian relations is Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014). Wilson has also co-edited four different volumes with rabbis dealing with Christian-Jewish relations and thought.

Wilson served as an Old Testament translator and editor on the New International Version, and contributed notes to books in the NIV Study Bible.

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  • The Shema in Early Jewish Teaching
  • The Appearance of Jesus: Hairstyles and Beards in Bible Times
  • Hospitality: Heritage of the Church
  • Jewish Laws of Purity in Jesus’ Day
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