Timothy Brookins, PhD

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

  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Greek Grammar I-II
  • Greek Readings and Syntax I-II
  • Advanced Studies in Greek
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Latin Readings in Vergil
  • Latin Readings in Roman Philosophers
  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Western Civilization I
  • Pauline Epistles (graduate class)
  • Apostolic Fathers (graduate class)
  • Greek Grammar I-II (graduate classes)
  • Greek Readings and Syntax I-II (graduate classes)
  • Advanced Studies in Greek (graduate class)
  • Second Temple Judaism (graduate class)

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, Greek and Latin philology, linguistics, discourse analysis, Greek philosophy, Stoicism, Greco-Roman rhetoric, ancient education, and 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 (2016).

Select articles


“Paul and the Ancient Body Metaphor: Reassessing Parallels.” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 4 (2016): 75-100.

“‘I Rather Appeal to Auctoritas’: Roman Conceptualizations of Power and Paul’s Appeal to Philemon.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 77 (2015): 302-21.

“The Supposed Election of Officers in 1 Cor 11.19: A Response to Richard Last.” New Testament Studies 60.3 (2013): 423-32.

“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.

“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 Brill, Fortress, and T & T Clark.


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