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Westmont College
Religious Studies
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108


Robert H. Gundry, Scholar-in-Residence

Phone: 805.565.6091
Email: gundry@westmont.edu

Robert H. Gundry is Westmont College's Scholar-in-Residence after retiring from a teaching career of nearly forty years. His various areas of expertise include New Testament Greek, Eschatology (end times studies), the Gospels, and New Testament Theology. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Manchester University in 1961. He has been honored with the Teacher of the Year Award three times, the Faculty Researcher of the Year Award, and the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award. His many publications include Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian: A Paleofundamentalist Manifesto for Contemporary Evangelicalism, Especially Its Elites, in North America, First the Antichrist, Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross, A Survey of the New Testament, Matthew: A Commentary on His Literary and Theological Art, Soma in Biblical Theology with Emphasis on Pauline Anthropology, The Church and the Tribulation, The Use of the Old Testament in St. Matthew's Gospel with Special Reference to the Messianic Hope, as well as numerous articles and book reviews in New Testament studies.

Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian: A Paleofundamentalist Manifesto for Contemporary Evangelicalism, Especially Its Elites, in North America (Eerdmans, 2001)

Few have failed to notice the increasing accommodation of evangelicalism to worldly culture. Unless this trend is corrected, evangelicalism will soon lose the distinctives that have catapulted it to unparalleled success in the religious marketplace. This bold work by Robert Gundry finds a powerful and much-needed antidote to worldliness in John's Gospel.

Built on a unique combination of biblical exegesis, sociological analysis, and contemporary application, the book traces the influence of Word-Christology throughout the Gospel of John, unpacking its implications for North American evangelicalism. Sure to generate discussion--even controversy--are Gundry's adoption of a sectarian interpretation of John and his evaluation of contemporary North American evangelicalism. Seeing the evangelical tradition as having moved far down the road from sect to mainline church, he argues that it now needs a strong dose of John's logocentric sectarianism to avoid losing the edge that has made it successful.

First the Antichrist: Why Christ Won't Come Before the Antichrist Does (Baker, 1996)

Robert Gundry, a premillennial scholar, marshalls strong biblical evidence against pretribulationism. This book rejects the notion that the Bible teaches an escape route for Christians, sparing them from tribulation. Whether floods, fires, wars, famines, plagues, or persecutions, God leads his people through such trials, not around them. Only after the final tribulation will Christ gather his church.

Mark: A Commentary on His Apology for the Cross (Eerdmans, 2000)

This monumental work presents a careful, well-argued alternative reading of the Greek text of Mark--a reading that pays special attention to such literary devices as word order, chiasm, inclusio, asyndeton, and the historical present tense. Driving the commentary is Gundry's provocative, seldom-defended thesis that Mark's Gospel constitutes a straightforward apology for the shameful manner of Jesus' death; as such Mark is essentially an evangelistic tract rather than an obliquely written handbook of Christian discipleship and church life.

A Survey of the New Testament, 3d ed. (Zondervan, 1994)

Most surveys of the New Testament provide the student with background information and technical introductory material, but they do little to help the reader understand the text of the New Testament. A Survey of the New Testament, by contrast, is a guide to reading and interpreting the New Testament itself. General questions of introduction and background are still covered, but whenever possible in the context of assigned readings from the New Testament. In addition, comments on the assigned New Testament readings help the student interpret the text and understand the flow of thought from section to section. A major change in the third edition is that the harmonistic treatment of Jesus' life has been shortened and the discussion of the individual gospels has been expanded.

Matthew: A Commentary on His Handbook for a Mixed Church under Persecution, 2d ed. (Eerdmans, 1994)

Heralded as "an epoch-making book" when it first appeared, Gundry's ground-breaking commentary on Matthew stands as a benchmark work in biblical scholarship and modern methodology. This edition takes up criticism that reviewers and other readers have lodged against the first edition. Included are two hundred new endnotes and an appendix that expand the commentary and provide fresh reflection on the text. This bold study retains the redaction-critical methodology of Gundry's original work and the host of provocative interpretations that result.

Soma in Biblical Theology (Spring Arbor)

The Apostle Paul uses this Greek word often, in theologically important ways. Does it mean "body" or "person"? Does it stress function or substance? Does it connote solidarity with others or individuality? What bearing do the answers to these questions have on: Death of the whole person versus disembodied existence? Resurrection of a spiritual body versus resurrection of a physical body? Existential anthropology versus historical anthropology? Sin as enslavement versus sin as guilt? - Salvation by liberation versus salvation atonement? The body of Christ as a sacrament versus the body of Christ as a metaphor? Christian mysticism versus Christian activism?

The Church and the Tribulation (Spring Arbor)

In the opening chapter, Robert Gundry states, "It is hoped that the following pages will contribute to an understanding and appreciation of the posttribulational position and that it will do so in a manner characterized by 'the wisdom from above...first pure, then peacable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy' (James 3:17). In keeping with this expressed desire, the author presents his thesis regarding Christ's second coming, not as a polemical argument, but as a reasonable and tenable position. This book propounds the thesis that Jesus will return after the tribulation and that the first resurrection will occur at that time. Dr. Gundry believes that biblical evidence points most naturally to this conclusion. Because of his discerning analysis of Scripture, his careful logic, and the thoughtful presentation of his views, he is one of today's leading spokesmen for posttribulational eschatology.