Teaching The Leaders About The Culture of Theology
David Fiensy grew up in down-state Illinois, the second of four children. After graduating from Mt. Carmel High School, he attended and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University (A.B.) and then on to Xavier University Cincinnati) for the Master of Arts degree. He then studied theology for a year at the St. Louis University Divinity School and the St. Louis Theological Consortium. From there, his studies took him to Duke University in North Carolina.
After graduating from Duke University with a Ph.D. in New Testament and Second Temple Judaism (minor in Patristic Theology), he taught for seven years (New Testament and Biblical Languages) at Kentucky Christian University (achieving the rank of Associate Professor). He then served a two-year tenure at the Institute for the Study of Christian Origins in Tübingen, Germany (doing campus ministry at the university and researching his second monograph).
Upon returning to the United States, he accepted a church pastorate for six years in central Ohio. He then was invited to resume teaching at Kentucky Christian University where he taught not only New Testament but also Old Testament and Theology. Back at KCU, he rose to the rank of full professor, was made Dean of the Graduate School of Bible and Ministry, and authored ten more books. He calculates that he has taught over 5,000 students during his professorship, graded three times that many papers, and given over 8,000 lectures.
Along the way, he has participated in seven archaeological excavations and surveys (mostly in Israel) and has other wise traveled widely in the Mediterranean area and the Middle East (Greece, Italy, Turkey, and Jordan). He is now semi-retired and involved in several writing projects (non-fiction, fiction, and church small-group studies). His latest work of fiction, As Far As You Can, is a historical novel which traces the theme of God’s providence in the life of a Galilean family in the first century AD. He and his wife, Molly, of forty-seven years are the parents of two fantastic daughters and two angelic granddaughters. He enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and reading mystery novels. He is still passionate about teaching and preaching the Bible and for thinking about and articulating theological ideas.