Tim Brookins, PhD

Tim  Brookins


Office Address: ATWD I 216
Phone: (281) 649-3632

Assistant Professor of Classics


  • PhD, Religion, minor in Classics, Baylor University
  • Post-Bacc, Classics, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • MDiv, Biblical Languages, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BS, Communications, James Madison University

Courses Taught

  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Vergil
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Western Civ I

Teaching Focus

Dr. Brookins specializes in the Greco-Roman context of early Christianity, with a primary emphasis in the Pauline epistles. Other areas of interest include Luke-Acts, classical philology (Latin and Greek), New Testament philology, linguistics, Greek philosophy, Roman Stoicism, Greco-Roman rhetoric, ancient education, and patristic reception of Paul.


Dr. Brookins has presented papers at numerous professional meetings, including the annual meetings of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR).


Corinthian Wisdom, Stoic Philosophy, and the Ancient Economy. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

1 Corinthians: A Handbook on the Greek Text. With co-author Bruce W. Longenecker. Waco, Tx.: Baylor University Press (under contract, publication 2016).

His published articles include:
  • "The Supposed Election of Officers in 1 Cor 11.19: A Response to Richard Last."New Testament Studies 60.3 (July 2013).
  • "The (I)nfrequency of the Name 'Erastus' in Antiquity: A Literary, Papyrological, and Epigraphical Catalog." New Testament Studies 59.4 (2013): 496-516.
  • “A Politeness Analysis of Catullus' Polymetric Poems: Can Leech's GSP Cross the Ancient-Modern Divide?” Journal of Pragmatics 42.5 (2010): 1283-95.
  • “Luke’s Use of Mark as Παράφρασις: Its Effects on Characterization in the ‘Healing of Blind Bartimaeus’ Pericope (Mark 10:46-52/Luke18:35-43).” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34.1 (2011): 70-89.
  • “The Wise Corinthians: Their Stoic Education and Outlook.” Journal of Theological Studies 62.2 (2011): 51-76.
  • “In Paul’s Defense: The Contribution of Cramer’s Catena to the Early Reception of Paul in Acts” (with Peter Reynolds and Mikeal Parsons). In Paul and the Heritage of Israel. Vol. 2. T & T Clark, 2012.
  • and further articles published by Neotestamentica, The Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, and T & T Clark.
His recently completed Ph.D. dissertation investigated the relation between Stoicism, social status, and the divisive “wisdom” addressed in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians.
He is currently writing the 1 Corinthians volume for the Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament series.

Additional Information

Prior to teaching at HBU, Dr. Brookins taught Latin and Biblical Studies for several years at a classical Christian secondary school in North Carolina, where he received the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007-08.
In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, reading “Great Books,” watching Netflix, and spending time with his wife and three kids.