Diane G. Chen

Professor of New Testament

McInnis 245

Dr. Chen came to Palmer Seminary in 2004 after earning her Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves the classroom and 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. Her most recent work is a commentary on Luke (2017) in the New Covenant Commentary Series. She has also written a variety of exegetical essays and commentaries on lectionary texts, and contributed to Abingdon Press' Covenant Bible Study, a set of discipleship resources for churches. In 2018, she received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Eastern University.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Chen has spent the last four decades on both coasts of the United States and still calls California home. She lives in Penn Valley, PA, and is an ordained elder of Narberth Presbyterian Church. 


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

Classes Taught

New Testament Study 1

New Testament Study 2

The Gospel of Luke

First Corinthians

The Gospel of John

The Book of Revelation

Holy Land Study Tour

Reading the Text 2: Reading the New Testament in its Context (Openseminary)

Professional Associations and Services
  •  Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium

Chen, Diane. The Gospel of Luke. New Covenant Commentary Series. Michael F. Bird and Craig S. Keener, editors. Eugene, OR.: Wipf and Stock, Cascade Books, 2017.

Chen, Diane. Let Me More of Their Beauty See: Reading Familiar Verses in Context. Macon, GA.: Smyth & Helwys, 2011.

Chen, Diane. God as Father in Luke-Acts. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.