Warren Carter

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Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ten books including Matthew and the Margins (Orbis Books), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (Abingdon), John and Empire (T&T Clark/Continuum), and What Does Revelation Reveal? (Abingdon). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (Abingdon). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.


Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991
Th.M., Melbourne College of Divinity, 1986
B.D., Melbourne College of Divinity, 1985
B.A., Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1976


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) / New Zealand Baptist


  • Advanced Greek
  • Critical Introduction to the New Testament
  • Exegesis in the Gospels and Acts - Mark
  • Exegesis in the Gospels and Acts - Matthew
  • Intermediate Greek
  • Interpreting the New Testament
  • Issues in New Testament Studies - Negotiating the Roman World


  • Seven Events That Shaped the New Testament World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013).
  • The New Testament: Methods and Meanings with Amy-Jill Levine (Nashville: Abingdon, 2013)
  • The New Testament: Methods and Meanings with Amy-Jill Levine (Nashville: Abingdon, 2013)
  • El Imperio Romano y el Nuevo Testamento (Navarra: Verbo Divino, 2011).
  • What Does Revelation Reveal? (Nashville: Abingdon, 2011).
  • John and Empire: Initial Explorations (New York: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2008).

Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Book Reviews

  • “An Imperial-critical Approach to Matthew” for Adam Winn and Tom Thatcher (eds.), Imperial- Critical Approaches to the New Testament (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014).
  • “Commentary on Gospel of Matthew,” for Fortress One Volume Commentary on the New Testament (Fortress, 2014). (23,000 words)
  • “The Question of the State and the State of the Question: God, the Roman Empire, and New Testament Theologies,” for M. Parsons and Jason Whitlark (eds.), New Testament Theologies: Festschrift for Charles Talbert (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2013).
  • Social Identities, Subgroups, and John’s Gospel: Jesus the Prototype and Pontius Pilate (John 18:28-19:16) for Brian J. Tucker and Coleman Baker, (eds.), The T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity and the New Testament (New York: T&T Clark, 2013).
  • “Empire: New Testament,” for Dale Allison (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013). Online publication
  • Helen Rhee, Tertullian, and Paul on the Wealth of Christians: A Response,” in Todd Still and David E. Wilhite (eds.), Tertullian and Paul (Pauline and Patristic Scholars in Debate; New York: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2013) 216-223.
  • Introduction,” Gospel of Matthew in Anselm Academic Study Bible edited by Carolyn Osiek (Winona: Anselm Academic, 2013) 1557-1561.
  • Article on “Matthew 2:1-12” for Interpretation (“Between Text and Sermon”) 67 (January 2013) 64-67.
  • “Postcolonial Biblical Criticism,” in Steven McKenzie and John Kaltner (eds.), New Meanings for Ancient Texts: Recent Approaches to Biblical Criticisms and Their Applications (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2013) pages 97-116.
  • Three 1000 word exegetical discussions of three assigned passages (Matt 7:12; Matt 7:13-20; Matt 7:21-29) for Cynthia Jarvis and Elizabeth Johnson (eds.), Feasting on the Gospels: Matthew Vol 1 (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2013).
  • Douglas E. Oakman, The Political Aims of Jesus (Fortress Press. Minneapolis. 2012). In Interpretation 67 (April 2013) 222-23.
  • Article, “Matthew’s Gospel and Antioch” for SBL Bible Odyssey Website project.
  • Four 1000 word Exegetical Discussion of 4 Texts (John 5:1-9; 17:20-26; 14:8-17; 16:12-15; May 5-26, 2013) for Lectionary Homiletics, 24 no 3 (2013) 35-64.
  • “Masters of the Sea? Ephesian Fishermen, John 6:16-21, and John 21,” for Festschrift for Dr. Benny Akers, edited by Jeremy Crenshaw (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2012).


  • “Empire AND Synagogue: Bridging a Matthean Divide,” Synoptic Gospel Section; National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Chicago. November 2012.
  • “Master/s of the Sea? Ephesian Fishermen, John 6:16-21, and John 21.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Conference Dallas TX, March 9-11 2012
  • “Matthew’s Others: Scholarly Identity-Construction and Absentee Gentile Great Men (Matt 20:24-27),” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting San Francisco, November 2011.
  • “Teaching Empire: The Gospel of Matthew,” National Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, San Francisco, November 2011.
  • “The Things of Caesar: Why the Plural? (Mark 12:13-17)” Southwest Regional Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, Dallas, March 2011.

Professional Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature
Southwest Commission on Religious Studies
Catholic Biblical Association of America