Tim Henderson

Job Titles

  • Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Studies
    Master of Divinity, Bethel Seminary
  • Adjunct Instructor of Biblical and Theological Studies
    Bethel University


New Testament and early Christianity

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University - B.A., 1999
  • Bethel Seminary - M.A.T.S., 2004
  • Marquette University - Ph.D., 2010


Dr. Henderson's teaching and research interests include the Gospels, Paul's letters, the relationship between early Christians and non-Christians - and how this might inform the Church today, the development of the New Testament canon, second-century Christianity, and the many ways in which Scripture has been interpreted throughout the history of the Church. Tim and his wife have two sons, and the entire family loves the outdoors, especially fishing. Tim is also an avid sports fan, movie viewer, and reader of novels.

Courses Taught

  • New Testament Survey
  • New Testament Exegetical Explorations
  • Gospels
  • Acts and Pauline Letters
  • Galatians
  • Ephesians
  • Historical Jesus
  • New Testament Background
  • Gender in the New Testament
  • Hermeneutics
  • Elementary Greek I
  • Elementary Greek II


The Gospel of Peter and Early Christian Apologetics: Rewriting the Story of Jesus' Death, Burial, and Resurrection. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II 301. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.

     Articles for Edited Volumes
44 articles in Baker Expository Dictionary. Edited by Tremper Longman III and Mark Strauss. Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming (2019).

"Gospels (Apocryphal)." In Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Edited by Joel B. Green et al. Rev. ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2013.

25 articles in Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Edited by Tremper Longman III. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013.  

     Book Reviews
Review of Martin Hengel, Between Jesus and Paul: Studies in the Earliest History of Christianity. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9428] (2015).

Review of Jack J. Gibson, Peter Between Jerusalem and Antioch: Peter, James, and the Gentiles. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=9470] (2015).

Review of Larry R. Helyer, The Life and Witness of Peter. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=8723] (2013).

Review of Thomas J. Kraus, Michael J. Kruger, and Tobias Nicklas, Gospel Fragments. Journal of Early Christian Studies 20 (2012): 335-36.

Review of Martin Hengel, Saint Peter: The Underestimated Apostle. Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org/BookDetail.asp?TitleId=8109] (2012). 

Review of William C. Placher, Mark. Religious Studies Review 38 (2012): 17.

Review of Mark J. Keown. Congregational Evangelism in Philippians. Expository Times 123 (2012): 352.

Review of Nicholas Perrin, Jesus the Temple. Expository Times 123 (2012): 308.

     Articles Under Review, In Progress, Etc.
"Can I Return This Gift? Grace and Apostasy in John Barclay's Reading of Paul"

"Could It Be Satan? Justin Martyr's Demonology"

"The Role of the Guard at the Tomb in Early Christian Polemics"


2012 Presider - "Multicultural Perspectives on Theology, Religion and Biblical 
Interpretation" section. SBL/AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

2011 "The Gospel of Peter as 'Rewritten Gospel': Insights from Second Temple Literature." Paper presented at SBL Annual Meeting.

2010 "Beware of Overlooked Allusions: A New Proposal for Intertextuality in Philippians 3." Paper presented at SBL/AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

2010 Convener and Presider - "Topics in Early Christian Studies" section. SBL/AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

2009 "Jesus the Murder Victim: Appropriating Scripture in the Gospel of Peter's Narrative of Deicide." Paper presented at SBL/AAR Upper Midwest Regional Meeting.

2007 "The Gospel of Peter and Early Objections to the Resurrection of Jesus." Paper presented at SBL Annual Meeting.

Areas of expertise

New Testament and early Christianity