Biography

Dr. James Buchanan Wallace (Chair), Associate Professor, joined the faculty at Christian Brothers University in 2008. Dr. Wallace studied English and Russian at Sewanee (B.A. 1998) before going on to study theology at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (M.Div. 2002). He also studied theology for a year at the Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, as a Candler exchange student (2000-2001). He remained at Emory University to earn a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (2008). Before joining the faculty at CBU, he served as adjunct faculty at the Candler School of Theology (Spring 2008). He has also taught American Literature at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Wallace’s research interests include Patristic interpretations of Scripture, and the Greco-Roman and Jewish religious contexts of early Christianity. He is currently investigating Patristic interpretations of Colossians. He is also fascinated by heavenly ascent traditions of the ancient world. He has published one book, entitled Snatched into Paradise (2 Cor 12:1-10): Paul's Heavenly Journey in the Context of Early Christian Experience (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2011), which is a revised version of his dissertation. This book combines both of Dr. Wallace’s research interests by offering an analysis of Paul’s claim in 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 to have been taken to the third heaven. Dr. Wallace is also co-editor of The Holy Spirit and the Church according to the New Testament (Mohr Siebeck, 2016). He also has interests in ancient, non-canonical pseudepigraphical writings. Dr. Wallace occasionally serves as a guest speaker on Eastern Orthodox Christian theology and spirituality. At Christian Brothers, Dr. Wallace teaches both Old Testament and New Testament, in addition to a variety of upper-level courses in Scripture, including courses in the Prophets, the Gospels, and Paul, as well as a course entitled, "The Apocalyptic Imagination." On occasion, he also teaches World Religions. He teaches in the MACS program, where he enjoys bringing his interest in the history of biblical interpretation into the classroom. As a native of nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, Dr. Wallace is honored and excited to have returned to serve the Memphis area. Outside of work, Dr. Wallace enjoys spending time with his wife, Thea, and their three children. He remains an avid reader of fiction and poetry, and he is a sub-deacon in the Orthodox Church in America.