Scholar’s Bookshelf: Dr. Seth Ehorn, Wheaton College

Dr. Seth M. Ehorn is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek Language and New Testament at Wheaton College, in Illinois. Dr. Ehorn holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology. His contributions (other than being my Greek professor!) include Composite Citations in Antiquity, Volumes One and Two.

Dr. Ehorn was kind enough to tell us a bit about his seminary experience, and what’s on his bookshelf:

TSS: Who was your most influential seminary professor?

Dr. Ehorn: Dan Gurtner. I had many great professors at Bethel Seminary (e.g., Jeannine Brown), but Dan was most influential for me. I served as his TA and took as many classes with him as my schedule allowed because he had an obvious love for the subject matter (indeed, for the Subject) that he couldn’t help but impart to his students.

TSS: What is one thing you would do differently if you could go through seminary again?

Dr. Ehorn: I would develop more intentional relationships with more of my classmates and find ways to support them (both then and now).

TSS: What are three of the best books you’ve read?

Dr. Ehorn:

John Barclay, Paul and the Gift. Following from E. P. Sanders’s Paul and Palestinian Judaism (which is still a very important book), Barclay’s Paul and the Gift is, in my estimation, an important work that will clear the proverbial field and allow for fresh discussions to happen in Pauline studies. If you think you understand “grace” in Paul’s letters, think again! Read Barclay.



E. P. Sanders, Judaism Practice and Belief. This is a data-rich work that explores (true to the title) Jewish practice and belief in/around the first century AD. What were the issues that generated the various Jewish parties? How does common, everyday Judaism fit into this world? Sanders answers questions like this with historical detail and imaginative insight.


C. H. Dodd, According to the Scriptures. Dodd’s book is not well known, but it should be. Richard Hays is deeply influence by Dodd; likewise, Greg Beale. The idea that biblical authors read wider contexts of texts and, in some sense, evoked the wider context when quoting is traceable in the modern period to Dodd.



TSS: What’s one book you’re currently reading?

Dr. Ehorn: Iain Provan, Reformation and the Right Reading of Scripture

TSS: What is your number one tip to students who want to get through seminary well?

Dr. Ehorn: Work hard. This is the best time in your life to gain the fundamentals of Greek and Hebrew (maybe Aramaic, too). Work hard now so that you can benefit for the rest of your life.

TSS: Are you working on any forthcoming books or projects you can tell us about?

Dr. Ehorn: I’m working on several things at the moment. Edits for a book project on quotation culture in antiquity, a commentary on the Greek text of 2 Maccabees, and several essays I’ve committed to write for edited volumes.

We look forward to these resources and essay. Thank you for the time, Dr. Ehorn!

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