Peter Davids, PhD

Peter Davids


Office Address: ATWD I 236
Phone: (281) 649-3627
Visiting Professor of Christianity


  •     PhD, University of Manchester
  •     MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  •     BA, Psychology, Wheaton College

Courses Taught

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Teaching of Jesus
  • Formation for Church Leadership
  • General Epistles
  • Christian Scriptures II
  • Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation
  • Spiritual Formation

Teaching Focus

Dr. Davids’ primary area of research is the General Epistles, but his teaching and writing ranges over the whole field of biblical studies; it also includes spirituality, pastoral care and family emotional systems. He likes teaching at HBU because, It means working with a team of committed collegial co-workers, teaching a very diverse group of students from many faith backgrounds, following both my academic and spiritual interests, and doing all this within the context of a classical liberal arts curriculum.


  • A Biblical Theology of James, Peter, and Jude (Zondervan, 2014)
  • A Greek Handbook on Jude and 2 Peter (Baylor, 2011), (edited with Robert L. Webb)
  • Reading Jude with New Eyes: Methodological Reassessments of the Letter of Jude (Continuum, 2008),
  • Colossians and Philemon (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Tyndale House, 2008),
  • The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude (Pillar, Eerdmans, 2006), (edited with Ralph P. Martin)
  • The Dictionary of the Latter New Testament and Its Developments (InterVarsity, 1997), (co-authored with Walter Kaiser, F. F. Bruce, Manfred Brauch)
  • Hard Sayings of the Bible (InterVarsity, 1996),
  • The Epistle of 1 Peter (NICNT, Eerdmans, 1990),
  • James (NIBC, Hendrickson, 1989, being republished by Baker, 2011),
  • The Epistle of James (NIGTC, Eerdmans, 1982).
  • He has also published more than 60 articles in books, journals, and dictionaries, as well as many popular articles in church and denominational publications in both English and German.

Additional Information

He is the New Testament editor of the Word Biblical Commentary series, the translator (from German) of Reinhard Feldmeier, 1 Peter (Baylor, 2008), and has also been part of several Bible translation projects (including The New Living Translation, The Voice, and The Common English Bible).
He has been elected to membership in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and the Catholic Biblical Association, and has twice been chosen chair or co-chair of the section covering the General Epistles in the Society of Biblical Literature.
Before coming to HBU Dr. Davids served, among other places, as Professor of Biblical Theology at St. Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, New Brunswick), New Testament faculty of the Institut für Gemeindebau und Weltmission in Zurich, Dean of the International MA Program at the Evangelical Theological Faculty (Osijek, Croatia), Director of Studies, Schloss Mittersill Study Centre (Mittersill, Austria), Visiting Professor of New Testament at Regent College (Vancouver), Professor of Biblical Studies and New Testament at Canadian Theological Seminary, founing faculty and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA), and as Theologischer Lehrer at Bibelschule Wiedenest (Berneustadt, Germany). He has also had numerous shorter lectureships and has pastored several congregations on a full or part-time basis (concurrent with his teaching involvement), as well as having been a speaker at numerous church conferences and training events around the world.
His passion for the church has been expressed in his deep church involvement. He was a Plymouth Brethren US Army Chaplain for 5 years, then an Episcopal priest for 34 years. He is presently a Catholic priest in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. As such he continues to preach, teach and lead worship on a regular basis, as well as serve as a theological advisor to multiple denominations and missionaries in a number of countries.
His hobbies include race walking and computers, but he is especially interested in his wife, three children, and nine grandchildren.