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Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice Chair


Mark L. Strauss has a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served for 15 years. Dr. Strauss is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches and has served in three interim pastorates. He is the author of many books and articles and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. Dr. Strauss has served on the Committee for Bible Translation since 2005.


Westmont College B.A. Psychology, 1982
Talbot School of Theology, M.Div. Th.M. New Testament, 1985, ’88
University of Aberdeen, Ph.D. New Testament, 1992


The Gospel of Mark, with Walter Wessel, in Expositors’ Bible Commentary. Revised Edition Vol. 9 (gen. eds. Tremper Longman III & David E. Garland; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010).
NLT Study Series: John. Meet God Face to Face, with Gary M. Burge; gen. ed. Sean A. Harrison (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2009).
How to Choose A Translation for All Its Worth. A Guide to Understanding and Using Bible Versions, with Gordon D. Fee (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
Four Portraits, One Jesus. An Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2007).
The Essential Bible Companion, with John H. Walton and Ted Cooper Jr. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).
Truth & Error in the Da Vinci Code. The Facts about Jesus and Christian Origins (San Diego: Alethinos Books, 2006).
“Luke,” in The Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, Vol. 1, pp. 318-515 (gen. ed., Clinton Arnold; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002). Republished as stand alone volume, 2007.
Distorting Scripture? The Challenge of Bible Translation and Gender Accuracy (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1998).
The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts. The Promise and its Fulfillment in Lukan Christology (JSNTSup; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995).

Selected Articles and/or Parts of Books

“The Purpose of Luke-Acts. Reaching a Consensus,” (FS Howard Marshall; Paternoster, forthcoming).
“Lukan Spirituality,” in Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (ed. Glen G. Scorgie; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, forthcoming).
“Reflections on Moving beyond the Bible to Theology,” in Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology (gen. ed. Gary T. Meadors; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 271-298.
“Gospels,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Literature (eds. George Kurian and James Smith; Scarecrow, 2009).
“Versions of the Bible, English,” in The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible (rev. ed. Moises Silva, ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009).
“What Baptists Believe about the Holy Spirit,” Converge Point, March, 2009.
“Rolling out the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Heart and Mind, vol. 21, no. 1, Winter ’08, pp. 18-22.
Introduction and Study Notes for the Gospel of Luke for the NLT Study Bible (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 2008).
“A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality,” with Peter Vogt, Heart and Mind (Spring, 2006).
“Introducing the Bible,” “New Testament Theology” and “Acts” in The IVP Introduction to the Bible. Story, themes, interpretation (ed. Philip Johnston; Downer Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2006), 1-17; 167-76; 207-13.
“Form, Function and the Literal Meaning Fallacy in English Bible Translation.” The Bible Translator, vol. 56 n. 3 (July 2005), 153-168.
“Understanding Bible Translation,” Introductory essay in the Essential Evangelical Parallel Bible (ed. John Kohlenberger; Oxford University Press, 2005).
“Understanding New Testament Translation.” Introductory essay in the Evangelical Parallel Bible (ed. John Kohlenberger; Oxford University Press, 2003).
“Current Issues in the Gender-Language Debate. A brief response to Vern Poythress and Wayne Grudem,” in The Challenge of Bible Translation: Communicating God’s Word to the World. Essays in Honor of Ronald F. Youngblood (eds. Glen G. Scorgie, Mark L. Strauss, Steven M. Voth; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
“The TNIV Debate. Is this new translation faithful in its treatment of gender?” Christianity Today, Vol. 46, No. 11 (Oct. 7, 2002), 36-45.
“The TNIV and Gender-Accurate Language,” Light Magazine, July 2002, 12-15.
“David,” in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, eds. T. D. Alexander and B. S. Rosner (Leicester, U.K.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2000).
“The Inclusive Language Debate: How Should the Bible Be Translated Today?” Christian Research Journal Vol. 22, No. 4, 2000.
Various articles for Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, ed. David Noel Freedman (“Gabriel,” “Sergius Paulus,” “Claudius Lysias, “Julius,”), 2000.
“Are Earthquakes Signs of the End Times? A Geological and Biblical Response to an Urban Legend,” Christian Research Journal Vol. 21, No. 4; 1999.
“Linguistic and Hermeneutical Fallacies in the Guidelines Established at the ‘Conference on Gender-Related Language in Scripture’,” JETS 41/2 (June 1998) 239-262.

Editorial Roles

Contributing Scholar & New Testament Editor, The Expanded Bible. New Testament (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009).
Associate Editor, The NIV Study Bible (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).
Consulting Scholar/Editor, Deepening Life Together Bible Study Curriculum.
Consulting Editor, QuickNotes, Simplified Bible Commentary Series (Barbour).
New Testament Editor, Baker Bible Dictionary (Baker; in production).
New Testament Editor, Teach the Text Commentary Series (Baker; in production).
General Editor, Remarriage after Divorce. Three Views (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005).
Review and revision of the New Century Version, with Tremper Longman III and Daniel Taylor (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004-2005).
General Editor, with Glen G. Scorgie and Steven M. Voth, The Challenge of Bible Translation. Communicating God’s Word to the World. Essays in Honor of Ronald F. Youngblood (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
Technical Reviewer, The Compete Idiot’s Guide to Mary Magdalene, by Lesa Bellevie (New York: Alpha Books, 2005).
Editor of Narrative Literature for the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (general editor, Clinton Arnold; Grand Rapids: Zondervan).

Video Productions

Scholar/Editor and Participant in Deepening Life Together Bible Study Curriculum (forthcoming)
Miracles of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections); Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
The Prayers of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
The Parables of Jesus: Six In-depth Studies Connecting the Bible to Life (Deeper Connections) Matt Williams, editor (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).
Participant in The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel; Revelation Studios (2007).
The Bible in 90 Days, with John H. Walton and Ted Cooper, Jr. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005)
What Is Bible Translation? (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).
Bible Translation and the TNIV (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).
Participant in Discussing the Da Vinci Code, by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).

Book Reviews

Review of Joel Marcus. Mark 8–16: A New Translation and Commentary (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2009), BBR.
Review of Darrell Bock, Acts (Baker Exegetical Commentary), JETS.
Review of James Crossley, The Date of Mark’s Gospel, BBR.
Review of Richard N. Longenecker, ed. Contours of Christology in the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), BBR.
Review of Scot McKnight, Jesus and His Death. Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2005), BBR.
Review of François Bovon, Studies in Early Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005), BBR 17.1 (2007), 169-70.
Review of Reading Luke. Interpretation, Reflection, Formation (eds. Craig G. Bartholomew, Joel B. Green, Anthony C. Thiselton; Scripture and Hermeneutics Series, Volume 6; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), JETS 49.3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 600-603.
Review of Leland Ryken, The Word of God in English. Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation (Crossway, 2002), JETS 46.4 (Dec. 2003) 738-740.
Review of Joseph M. Webb and Robert Kysar Greek for Preacher (2002), Religious Studies Review,
Review of Irina Levinskaya, The Book of Acts in Its Diaspora Setting (1996), JETS 42.2 (June 1999), pp. 363-364.
Review of Robert Brawley, Text to Text Pours Forth Speech. Voices of Scripture in Luke-Acts (1995), JETS 42.1 (March 1999), pp. 148-150.
Review of Moisés Silva, Explorations in Exegetical Method. Galatians as a Test Case (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996), JETS 42.3 (Sept. 1999), pp. 513-514.
Review of John W. Cooper, Our Father in Heaven. Christian Faith and Inclusive Language for God (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998), Themelios, vol. 25 no. 2, pp. 91-93
Review of Holy Bible. New Living Translation (1996), JETS 40.3 (Sept. ‘97), pp. 459-461.
Review of Brian S. Rosner, Paul, Scripture & Ethics. A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7 (1994), JETS 38.2 (June ‘95), pp. 291-293.
Review of George H. Guthrie, The Structure of Hebrews: A Text-Linguistic Analysis (1994), JETS vol. 38, no. 3 (Sept. ‘95), pp. 450-452.

Unpublished Papers and Presentations

“Reading the Bible with the Emergent Church: What can we learn from emergent thinkers about the nature and function of Scripture?” Presidential Address, 2009 Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; San Diego Christian College, April 17, 2009.
“The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Presentation given at A Night on Mars Hill, North Coast Calvary Chapel, March 13, 2009.
“Why the English Standard Version should not become the Standard English Version,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Providence, RI, Nov. 2008.
“The Shack.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2008-2009.
“Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2007.
“The Nature of Bible Translation,” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2004-present.
“Bible Translation and the TNIV.” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2005-present.
“The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?” Presentation given at multiple venues, 2004-2006
“Do literal Bible versions show greater respect for plenary inspiration? (A response to Wayne Grudem),” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Philadelphia, Nov. 2005.
“Which Translation Should I Use? What Every Student, Layperson, Pastor (and Seminary Professor) Needs to Know About Bible Translation,” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bethel Seminary San Diego, April 23 2004.
“The Jesus Seminar on the Miracles of Jesus. Summary and Assessment.” Synoptics Section, ETS annual meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2003.
“Form, Function and the Literal Meaning Fallacy in English Bible Translation.” Denver Seminary conference on Contextualization, Feb. 1, 2003; also given at annual ETS meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 2003.
“The Isaianic New Exodus. A Pervasive Theme in the Gospels and Acts.” ETS annual meeting, Toronto, Canada, Nov. 2002.
“The Abused Genitive. Mistranslations of the Genitive in Some Literal Bible Translations,” Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bethel Seminary San Diego, April, 2001.
“Evangelical Theology for the Third Millennium: Truth and Relevance,” Presidential address at the Far West Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Talbot School of Theology, April 23, 1999.
“Inclusive Language in Bible Translation,” Presented at the Northwest Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Western Seminary, April 10, 1999.
“Gender Bias and Bible Translation: The Need for Accuracy.” Paper presented at Far-West regional ETS meeting at The Master’s Seminary, April 26, 1996.
“User-Friendly Hermeneutics.” Paper presented at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Spring, 1994.
“The Missionary Writings of Luke.” Paper presented to Japanese Pastors Rengo Conference, Bethel Seminary San Diego, Spring, 1994.
“The Servant of the Lord: The Glory of Israel and a Light for the Nations.” Paper presented to the Church Renewal Institute, Bethel Seminary San Diego, Fall, 1994.
“The Literary and Theological Unity of Luke-Acts: Definitions, Examples and Implications.” Paper presented at ETS annual meeting, Washington, D.C., November, 1993.

Additional Information

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research (Program committee, 2003- 2007)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (Far West Region officer: secretary-treasurer, 1997, 2006; vice president, 1998, 2007; president, 1999, 2008)
  • Member, Committee on Bible Translation for the NIV and the TNIV, 2004-present
  • Board member, International Bible Society, 2005-present
  • Board member, San Diego Christian Forum, 1996-2004
  • Program Committee, ETS, 2007-present
  • Steering Committee, Synoptic Gospels ETS Study Group, 2007-present.
  • Steering Committee, Luke-Acts ETS Study Group, 2007-present.
  • Steering Committee, Evangelicals and Gender ETS Study Group, 2002-2004


Dr. Strauss is married to his wife Roxanne; together they have three children. He enjoys attending his children’s soccer games, reading, and golfing when he gets a chance.