Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon

Associate Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

616 North Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206-2596

(412) 362-5610 ext. 2205; Fax (412) 363-3260; e-mail: gagnon@pts.edu



Educational Degrees


1993: Princeton Theological Seminary, Ph.D., Magna Cum Laude.

Dissertation: “Should We Sin?  The Romans Debate and Romans 6:1-7:6”

Advisers: Ulrich Mauser, J. Christiaan Beker, and James H. Charlesworth

1987: Harvard Divinity School, Master of Theological Studies.

1981: Dartmouth College, B.A. (cum laude), 1981.  Highest Honors in the Dept. of History.



Professional Experience


1994-present.  Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Assistant Professor of New Testament (1994-

2002). Promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, in May 2002. Teaching Introduction

to NT Letters, Introduction to the Gospels, Greek, NT Exegesis, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Pauline Theology.

1993-94 academic year.  Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT). Visiting Assistant Professor of

  Religion. Teaching OT and NT Intros, Paul, 2nd Temple Judaism, Gnosticism, Hebrew.

1992-93 academic year.  Andover Newton Theological School (Newton Centre, MA).  Adjunct

Faculty.  Teaching both halves of NT Introduction.

1992 (Fall).  Tufts University.  Adjunct Faculty.  Teaching Gnosticism.



Church Office


Jan. 2002-present.  An ordained elder of the PCUSA, serving at Bellefield Presbyterian Church.





Co-editor of Horizons in Biblical Theology, 1998-2004.





Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas

Society of Biblical Literature

Institute for Biblical Research




Publications and Academic Presentations


I. Books


The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon, 2001).

            520 pages.


Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003). Co-authored with

Dan O. Via. 145 pages.



II. Articles and Encyclopedia Entries


“Sexuality,” encyclopedia entry for New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (Leicester,U.K.:

Inter-Varsity Press, 2005). [This entry contains different material from the entry below.]


“Sexuality,” encyclopedia entry for Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture, eds.

Kevin Vanhoozer, N. T. Wright, Craig Bartholomew, and Daniel Treier (Baker Academic,

2005). [This is the longest entry of the encyclopedia: 7500 words.]


“The Old Testament and Homosexuality,” Zeitschrift fuer altestamentliche Wissenschaft

(forthcoming in 2005).


“A Comprehensive and Critical Review Essay of Homosexuality, Science, and the ‘Plain Sense’

of Scripture, Part 2,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 25 (2003): 179-275.


“Does the Bible Regard Same-Sex Intercourse as Intrinsically Sinful?” Christian Sexuality:

Normative and Pastoral Principles (ed. R. E. Saltzman; Minneapolis: Kirk House, 2003),



“Are There Universally Valid Sex Precepts? A Critique of Walter Wink’s Views on the Bible and

Homosexuality,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 24:1 (June 2002): 72-125.


“Gays and the Bible: A Response to Walter Wink,” The Christian Century (Aug. 14-27, 2002):



Articles for The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts (The Second

Readings: Acts and the Epistles) (ed. Roger E. Van Harn; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans /

London: Continuum, 2001):

“Romans 1:16-17; 3:22b-28, (29-31),” pp. 17-21

“Romans 4:13-25,” pp. 28-32

“Romans 5:1-8,” pp. 36-40

“Romans 9:1-5,” pp. 100-104

“Romans 10:5-15,” pp. 104-109

“Romans 15:4-13,” pp. 137-142

“Philemon 1-21,” pp. 463-468

“Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16,” pp. 506-510

“The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Theology, Analogies, and Genes,” Theology Matters 7/6

(Nov/Dec 2001): 1-13.


“Why the 'Weak' at Rome Cannot Be Non-Christian Jews,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 62 (2000):



“A Comprehensive and Critical Review Essay of Homosexuality, Science, and the ‘Plain Sense’

of Scripture, Part 1,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 22 (2000): 174-243.  

“The Meaning of  [humon to agathon] in Rom 14:16,” Journal of Biblical Literature 117 (1998): 675-89.

 “A Second Look at Two Lukan Parables: Reflections on the Unjust Steward and the Good

Samaritan,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 20 (1998): 1-11.


“Luke's Motives for Redaction in the Account of the Double Delegation in Luke 7:1-10,” 

Novum Testamentum 36 (1994): 122-45.


“The Shape of Matthew's Q Text of the Centurion at Capernaum: Did It Mention Delegations?”

New Testament Studies 40 (1994): 133-42.


“Heart of Wax and a Teaching That Stamps: TYPOS DIDACHES (Rom 6:17b) Once More,”

Journal of Biblical Literature 112 (1993): 667-87. 


“Statistical Analysis and the Case of the Double Delegation in Luke 7:3-7a,” Catholic Biblical

Quarterly 55 (1993): 709-31.


“How Did the Rule of the Community Obtain Its Final Shape? A Review of Scholarly Research,”

Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 7 (1992) 65-83.  Republished in:  J. H.

Charlesworth (ed.), Qumran Questions (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995) 67-85.