Diane Chen

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Professor of New Testament
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Ph.D. (Theology): Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A. (Biblical Studies and Theology): Fuller Theological Seminary
M.S. (Civil Engineering): Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. (Civil Engineering): University of California, Berkeley

"Since many of my students are themselves teachers and preachers of the Word, I emphasize that sound exegesis is foundational to relevant and creative hermeneutics. I find it exciting to see the New Testament come alive for my students as they attend to the historical and literary contexts of these ancient writings."

Dr. Diane Chen enjoys writing for the church. After publishing her dissertation, God as Father in Luke-Acts, she turned her attention to making biblical scholarship intellectually accessible and spiritually edifying to the laity. In Let Me More of Their Beauty See: Reading Familiar Verses in Context, she encourages readers to rethink what they have always thought to be the meaning of some familiar and cherished passages. She has written exegetical essays and commentaries on lectionary texts, and contributed to Abingdon Press’ Covenant Bible Study, a set of discipleship resources for churches. Her current projects include a commentary on the Gospel of Luke and a series of essays on the enigmatic sayings of Jesus.

Diane loves the classroom, and has participated in many workshops and consultations sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools, the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and the Fund for Theological Education, such as, “The Changing  Character of Faculty Work,” “Women in Leadership: Exploring Their Future in Theological Education,” “Asian/Asian North Americans in Theological Education,” “Teaching and Learning for Pre-Tenure Asian/Asian North American Faculty," "Strengths and Strategies: A Consultation on Student and Faculty Diversity in Theological Education," "Teaching the Bible in Racially and Culturally Diverse Classrooms,” and "Faculty Development in the Midst of Institutional and Vocational Change." Recently she served on the leadership team for a Colloquy for Mid-Career Theological School Faculty at the Wabash Center.

Diane is an ordained elder of Narberth Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium.