Dustin W. Ellington

Associate Professor of New Testament


B.A. in Religious Studies, Stanford University, California
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey
Ph.D. Duke University (New Testament), North Carolina


Dustin grew up in Kentucky, met his wife Sherri in college in California, and served as an associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Visalia, California (1995-1999).
After receiving his Ph.D., he taught at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (2005-2009) and then Justo Mwale University, in Lusaka, Zambia (2010-2022).
He and his wife have responded to God calling them to minister in the Middle East, and they plan to move to Lebanon in Autumn of 2022. They have two young adult sons, Clayton and Christopher.

Areas of research, writing and teaching

The New Testament, Epistles of the New Testament (especially Paul’s), biblical hermeneutics, Hellenistic Greek


Book Chapters and Articles

“The Promise of Attending to Literary Context for Contextual Biblical Hermeneutics in Africa,” Transforming Theology and Religion: Acta Theologica Supplement 32 (2021): 99-119.

“People of the Gospel: Participation in Christ and Paul’s Self-Portrayal in 1 Corinthians 1–4,” in A Scribe Trained for the Kingdom of Heaven: Essays on Christology and Ethics in Honor of Richard B. Hays, eds. David M. Moffatt and Isaac Augustine Morales, O.P. (Lanham, Maryland: Fortress Press/Lexington Books, 2021), 69-89.

“Paul’s Way of Imparting Jesus Christ Crucified: Self-portrayal, Identity, and Vocation in 1 Corinthians,” in Making Sense of Jesus. Experiences, Interpretations and Identities, ed. D.F. Tolmie and R. Venter. Academic Series: UFS Theological Explorations Volume 2 (Bloemfontein, South Africa: Sun Media, 2017), 47-65.

“The Case of the Missing Cross: Is Contextual Hermeneutics Depriving the Southern African Church?” in Neo-Pentecostalism in Southern Africa: Some Critical Reflections, ed. Hermen Kroesbergen (Wellington, South Africa: CLF, 2017), 89-110.

“So that We Might Become the Righteousness and Justice of God: Re-examining the Gospel in 2 Cor 5:21 for the Church’s Contribution to a Better World,” Missionalia 44 (2016): 175-191.

“Be Cautious about Prophets but Zealous to Prophesy: 1 Corinthians 14 and Today’s Questions about Prophecy,” in Prophecy Today: Reflections from a Southern African Context, ed. Hermen Kroesbergen (Wellington, South Africa: CLF, 2016), 174-190.

“The Impulse toward the Disadvantaged in the Gospel Preached by Paul: An Analysis of 1 Corinthians 1:10-4:21 and 8:1-11:1,” Scriptura 115 (June 2016): 1-13. ISSN 2305-445X. Available at: <http://scriptura.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1177>.

Introduction, study notes, and questions for reflection on 1 Corinthians, in God’s Justice: The Holy Bible, ed. Tim Stafford (Colorado Springs: Biblica), 2016.

“Is the Prosperity Gospel Biblical? A Critique in Light of Literary Context and Union with Christ,” in In Search of Health and Wealth: The Prosperity Gospel in African, Reformed Perspective, ed. Hermen Kroesbergen (Wellington, South Africa: Christian Literature Publishers, 2013; Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2014), 36-51.

“Not Applicable to Believers? The Aims and Basis of Paul’s ‘I’ in 2 Corinthians 10-13,” Journal of Biblical Literature 131:2 (2012): 327-342.

“Imitating Paul’s Relationship with the Gospel: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 33:3 (2011): 303-315.