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


“The Scriptural Case for a Male-Female Prerequisite for Sexual Relations,” in Homosexuality,

Marriage, and the Church: Biblical, Counseling, and Religious Liberty Issues,

eds. Roy E. Gane, Nicholas P. Miller, and H. Peter Swanson, 53-161. Berrien Springs, MI:

Andrews University Press, 2012.


“Accommodation and Pastoral Concern: What Does the Biblical Text Say?” and “How Seriously

Does Scripture Treat the Issue of Homosexual Practice?” pp. 138-50 and 151-178 in

Embracing Truth: Homosexuality and the Word of God, eds. David W. Torrance and Jock Stein;

Haddington, Scotland: Handsel Press, 2012).


Article-length encyclopedia entries for The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (ed. G. T.

Kurian; Oxford, U.K.; Malden, Mass., Blackwell Publishing, 2011): “Baptism” (1:190-206 [16 pages]);

“Cross” (1:637-45), “Lord's Prayer” (2:1384-87).


“Understanding and Responding to a Pro-Homosexual Interpretation of Scripture,” Enrichment

16:3 (Summer 2011): 92-101.


 “Sexuality,” chapter in Gerald R. McDermott (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology

(Oxford University Press, 2010), 449-64. Companion piece: “Divorce and Remarriage-After-Divorce

in Jesus and Paul: A Response to David Instone-Brewer.” 10 pages. Posted Sept. 2012.

Online: http://robgagnon.net/articles/DivorceOUPEntrySexualityS.pdf.


“A Book Not To Be Embraced: A Critical Appraisal of Stacy Johnson’s A Time to Embrace,”

            Scottish Journal of Theology  62:1 (2009): 61-80.


“Homosexuality,” entry in New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (eds. C. Campbell-Jack, G. J.

McGrath, and C. S. Evans; Leicester, U.K.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2006), pp. 327-32.


“Why the Disagreement over the Biblical Witness on Homosexual Practice? A Response to David

G. Myers and Letha Dawson Scanzoni, What God Has Joined Together? Reformed Review 59 (2005): 19-130 [111 pages]. 


“Sexuality,” entry in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (eds. K. J. Vanhoozer,

N. T. Wright, C. G. Bartholomew, and D. J. Treier; London: SPCK; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005), pp. 739-48.


“The Old Testament and Homosexuality: A Critical Review of the Case Made by Phyllis Bird,”

Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 117 (2005): 367-94.


“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.