Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary , Wilmore, Kentucky. In addition to earning the PhD in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen, Professor Green has done graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky. A member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, he has published 25 books and scores of essays in scholarly journals, academic symposia, and for the general church. Two of Dr. Green’s books have been included in Christianity Today’s “Top 25” Book Awards, and a third was chosen as “Book of the Year” by the Academy of Parish Clergy in 2001. He is editor of Journal of Theological Interpretation, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including New Testament Studies, Theology and Science, and Science & Christian Belief. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Green has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland, and Northern California.
In keeping with his interdisciplinary interests, Professor Green is currently working on projects related to the interface of biblical anthropology and the natural sciences and to theological interpretation of Scripture. He has longer term interests in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the significance of the death of Jesus, and the Catholic Letters of the New Testament.
Professor Green began his formal involvement in the science-religion field through his participation in two interdisciplinary projects — “Portraits of Human Nature” and “Mind, Brain, and Personhood: An Inquiry from Scientific and Theological Perspectives” — both funded by The Templeton Foundation. This led to further graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky, to a new course at Asbury Theological Seminary on “The Human Person: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” to his organizing a symposium on “Minds, Souls, Persons,” and to his lecturing on related topics in the United States and New Zealand. He has edited What about the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology (Abingdon) and coedited In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem (InterVarsity).
Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion
- Brown, Warren S., Nancey Murphy, and H. Newton Maloney, eds. Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
- Green, Joel B., ed. What About the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology. Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.
- Green, Joel B., and Stuart L. Palmer, eds. In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
- Gregersen, Niels Henrik, Willem B. Drees, and Ulf Görman, eds. The Human Person in Science and Theology . Issues in Science and Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
- Jeeves, Malcolm, ed. Human Nature. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2006.
- Jeeves, Malcolm A., ed. From Cells to Souls: Changing Portraits of Human Nature. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
- Russell, Robert John, Nancey Murphy, Theo C. Meyering, and Michael A. Arbib, eds. Neuroscience and the Person. Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, 4. Vatican City State: Vatican Observatory, 1999.
- Wright, John P., and Paul Potter, eds. Psyche and Soma: Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-Body Problem From Antiquity to Enlightenment. Oxford: Clarendon, 2000.