Dr. Carl Judson "Jud" Davis
Professor of Greek Email
Direct Office Phone: 423-775-7227
Field of Study: Christian Studies
Office: Christian Studies Department
- Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Sheffield in England
- M.A. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- B.A. in Classical Greek from the University of Georgia
Jud Davis was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He grew up in the spiritual wilderness between neo-orthodoxy and legalism. At 18, Jud experienced God’s grace in conversion and found the happy home of Evangelicalism as it expressed historic Christian orthodoxy. At the University of Georgia, he found fellowship with a wonderful campus organization, WDA (Worldwide Discipleship Association), and met Christians who loved God with a holiness of life and a rigorous engagement of the mind, both born out of a joy for Christ. It was at Georgia where he started a lifelong love of Greek and Hebrew and felt God’s call into the ministry. He pursued that call by majoring in classical Greek with studies in Latin and Hebrew. In 1985, he met and then married Lynn Colcord with whom he has 5 children and now 1 grandchild. The couple moved to Chicago to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. It was at TEDS that Jud Davis started his teaching career as a graduate student teaching two years of Intro to Greek. Jud pursued doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield in England. There he was able, as a post-graduate student, to tutor Intro to Hebrew under Prof. Philip Davies. He has also taught Hebrew at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, and Birmingham Theological Seminary. After 9 years of pastoral ministry, Dr. Davis accepted the position of Professor of Greek at Bryan College. He served as Chair of Christian Studies for over 10 years and now is delighted to teach Greek and Hebrew as well as the Gen Ed classes which all students take: Old Testament Literature and Interpretation and its NT counterpart, New Testament Literature and Interpretation. It is Dr. Davis’s delight to help students see the metanarrative elegance of the Bible and to see how that elegance calls a Christian to a life of love for Christ.
Publications, Research, & Editing
- Carl Judson Davis, The Name and Way of the LORD. Old Testament Themes, New Testament Christology, JSNTSS 129, (Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996).
- Jud Davis, “Unresolved Major Questions: Evangelicals and Genesis 1-2,” in Reading Genesis 1-2: An Evangelical Conversation (ed. J. Daryl Charles; Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2013), 211-241.
- Jud Davis, Review of Is God a Vindictive Bully? Reconciling Portrayals of God in the Old and New Testaments. By Paul Copan, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society forthcoming.
- Jud Davis, Acts 2 and the Old Testament. The Pentecost Event in light of Sinai, Babel and the Table of Nations, Criswell Theological Review 7 (2009): 29-48.
- Jud Davis, Williams Jennings Bryan: The Importance of a Godly Life and Legacy, in Bryan Life Winter (2010): 10-11, 13.
- Jud Davis, Response to Toryough, Ephesians 2:1-10: The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation, Testamentum Imperiium 2 (2009): 16-32.
- Jud Davis, The Irrevocable Nature of Salvation: The Soteriology of 1 Thessalonians, Testamentum Imperiium 2 (2009): 1-13.
- Jud Davis, Review of The Essential Jesus. Original Sayings and Earliest Images. By John Dominic Crossan, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39 (1996): 486-87.
- Jud Davis, Review of Jesus: Miriam's Child, Sophia's Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology. By Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39 (1996): 690-91.
Conference & Workshop Presentations
- Jud Davis, “The Firmament’s Upper Waters and Biblical Theology: From the Raqia in Genesis 1:6-8 to Revelation’s Crystal Sea,” read at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2014.
- Jud Davis, Biblical Theology and Psalm 22: My God, My God, Why . . . ? in Its Historical and Canonical Context, read at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2012.
- Jud Davis, Nakedness and Clothing in the Bible, read at the Southeast Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, March 2011.
- Jud Davis, The New Testament and Genesis 1-3. Apostolic Exegesis and Christocentric Soteriology, read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2010.
- Jud Davis, Negative Elements in Pre-Fall Creation,” read at the BSG Study Group, Louisville, August 2009.
- Jud Davis, Prepositions and Christology. How the Littlest Words Bankrupt Evolutionary Christologies, read at the Southeast Regional of the Evangelical Theological Society, Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 2009.
- Jud Davis, Acts 2 and the Old Testament: The Pentecost Event in Light of Babel, Sinai, and the Table of Nations, read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, Rhode Island, November 2008.
- Jud Davis, “Where is the Garden of Eden?” read at the Frontiers in Creation Research Conference, Pittsburgh, August 2008.
- Jud Davis, Passover and the Metanarrative of the Bible: Exodus 12 and Leviticus 23 in Light of the New Testament, read at the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, November 2007.
- Jud Davis, Thorns in the Metanarrative of the Bible: From the Curse of Eden to the Crown of Thorns, read at the BSG Study Group, Liberty University, July 2007.
- Jud Davis, Thorns in the Metanarrative of Scripture, read at the Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society, Lakeland, Florida, Spring 2007.
- Jud Davis, Where is the Garden of Eden? A Biblical-Metanarrative Study of Special Rivers and Paradise, read at the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington, D. C. November 2006.
- Jud Davis, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament, read at the British New Testament Conference, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Spring 1992.
- Jud Davis, Jesus as κύριος and New Testament Christology, read at the University of Sheffield Biblical Studies Postgraduate Seminar, Spring 1991.
- Jud Davis, The Messenger of the Covenant in Malachi and New Testament Christology, read at the University of Sheffield Biblical Studies Postgraduate Seminar, Spring 1990.