James W. Voelz

DR. JAMES W. VOELZ is the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology.

A Concordia Seminary faculty member since 1989, he is graduate professor of exegetical theology. He has served as chair of the exegetical department (2013–15), dean of the faculty (2006–10) and dean of the graduate school (1996–2002).

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament studies from Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (1978); a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (1971); and a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1967).

His areas of focus are the Greek language, hermeneutics (theory of interpretation) and the Synoptic Gospels, but he also has taught the Pauline Epistles and Acts of the Apostles. He served as an adjunct faculty member of Kenrick Seminary, the Roman Catholic diocesan seminary in St. Louis, from 2009–14, and from 2005–15 was coordinator of the Institute of Theology at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Des Peres, Mo., at which he also taught a Sunday morning Bible class for 24 years.

He was first called to the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary (then) in Springfield, Ill., in 1975, and he moved with that institution to Fort Wayne in 1976, where he taught through 1989. During those years, he also served as assistant pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne (1984–88).

He has been involved with the North American-centered Society of Biblical Literature since 1977, presenting papers regularly on a wide range of topics, generally in the areas of the Greek language, hermeneutics and the Gospel of Mark. In 1984 he was invited to membership in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), the international Society of New Testament Studies. Again, he has regularly presented papers in both the biblical hermeneutics and New Testament Greek grammar seminars there, each of which he also has co-chaired in turn from 1991 until the present. He has written three books (an elementary Greek textbook, a hermeneutics textbook and a commentary on the first half of the Gospel of Mark) and dozens of articles.

He and his wife, Judy, have one son, Jonathan.


  • Chair and Professor of Exegetical Theology


  • A.A., Concordia College, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • B.A., Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • M.Div., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Ph.D., Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

Post-Doctoral Study 

  • University of Basel, Switzerland (Prof. Bo Reicke), 1982-83
  • University of Oxford, England (Prof. G. B. Caird), 1983

Contact Information:

Concordia Seminary
801 Seminary Pl.
St. Louis, MO 63105
Office phone: 314-505-7138
Email: voelzj@csl.edu

Scholarly Engagement:    

  • Society of NT Studies (SNTS) (member)
  • Greek of the NT Group (co-chair)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) (member)
  • Mark Group—SBL (steering committee)


  • Fundamental Greek Grammar, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1986, 2003, 2007, 2011.
  • What Does This Mean? Principles of Biblical Interpretation in the Post-Modern World, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, 1995, 1997.


  • “The Language of the New Testament.” Pp. 893-977 in Aufstieg und Niedergang der roemischen Welt, II, 25.2. Wolfgang Haase, ed. Berlin: DeGruyter, 1984.
  • Present and Aorist Verbal Aspect: A New Proposal.” Neotestamentica 27 (1993): 153-64.
  • “Reading Scripture as Lutherans in the Post-Modern Era.” Lutheran Quarterly 15 (2000): 309-34.
  • “External Entailment as a Category of Linguistic Analysis.” Pp. 223-30 in Biblical Greek Language and Lexicography. Bernard A. Taylor, et. al., eds. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • “The Greek of Codex Vaticanus in the Second Gospel and Marcan Greek.” Novum Testamentum 47 (2005): 209-49.
  • “The Greek of the New Testament and its Place within the Context of Hellenistic Greek.” Pp. 177-196 in Greek: A Language in Evolution. Essays in Honour of Antonios N. Jannaris. Chrys C. Caragounis, ed. Hildesheim, Germany: Georg Olms, 2010.


Conference Topics

  • “Basic Principles for Biblical Interpretation” (lay)
  • “Reading and Interpreting Scriptures in the Post-Modern Era”
  • “Biblical Studies: Where We Were, Are, and Will Be”
  • “The Holy Spirit and Biblical Interpretation”
  • “Biblical Eschatology and the Kingdom of God”
  • “Preaching and Teaching the Gospel of Matthew”
  • “Preaching and Teaching the Gospel of Mark”
  • “Preaching and Teaching the Gospel of Luke”
  • “Parables”
  • “Issues in 1 Corinthians”
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