Clark and Mary Wright Professor of New Testament Theology

Daniel A. Smith, PhD
Clark and Mary Wright Professor of New Testament Theology
My goal in teaching is to help people understand the New Testament and the origins of Christianity in ways that are both historically sensitive (so, not anachronistically) and culturally engaged (so, not ethnocentrically).

Students who study Religion and Theology at Huron University College have the unique opportunity to engage directly in an inclusive and collegial learning community, with challenging questions about religion – not only big questions like faith, history, and justice, but also hard questions about religion and its place in society, politics, and culture. Our faculty are experienced and knowledgeable, and even though they are engaged in their own research, which often takes them around the world, they really care about their students.


Daniel A. Smith, PhD teaches in the areas of New Testament and Christian Origins. His research focuses on the Synoptic Gospels, especially the Sayings Gospel Q. Dan is the author of several articles published in scholarly journals, most recently in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses and the Zeitschrift für Antikes Christentum (Journal of Early Christianity). His second book, Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter (Fortress Press, 2010) won the F. W. Beare Award from the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and has appeared in French translation, as Nouvelle visite au tombeau vide: les premiers récits de Pâques (Cerf, 2013). Dan is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies and serves as the co-chair of the Q Section in the Society of Biblical Literature.


Summary of Research:


Areas of Research

  • Early Christian literature and history 
  • Synoptic Gospels
  • The Sayings Gospel Q
  • Passion & Resurrection Narratives and their history of reception


Current Projects 

  • Reader’s guide & synopsis, plus companion website with short research essays by student and expert contributors: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus – Text and Reception (Bloomsbury)
  • Commentary on Jude and 2 Peter (International Critical Commentary series, T & T Clark)


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