Dean of 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 (avoiding the problem of anachronism) and culturally engaged (avoiding the pitfall of ethnocentrism).
Clark and Mary Wright Professor of New Testament Theology
Since January 2020, Dr. Dan Smith has been serving as Dean of Theology, but he has taught New Testament Language and Literature at Huron since 2004. His research focuses on the Synoptic Gospels, the Sayings Gospel Q, and the Passion and Resurrection Narratives. Most recently, he has written on Marcion’s Gospel, a second-century form of the Gospel of Luke, and has begun work on a major commentary on the letters of Jude and 2 Peter. Dr. Smith is also a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Canadian Society for Biblical Studies, and is a frequent contributor to the work of the Leuven Centre for the Study of the Gospels, at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium.
“I have always been committed, in both my research and teaching, to the idea that what we can learn about the composition and early reception history of the early Christian texts is critical – not only to our historical understanding of the beginnings of Christianity, but also to our appreciation and interpretation of the New Testament writings today,” says Dr. Smith. “By situating these texts in their original contexts, we gain insight into the religious, cultural, and historical influences that shaped their authors’ theologies and worldviews. And we also, often times, see them in a new light. My goal in teaching is to help people understand the New Testament and the origins of Christianity in ways that are both historically sensitive (avoiding the problem of anachronism) and culturally engaged (avoiding the pitfall of ethnocentrism).”
As Dean, Dr. Smith is committed to ensuring that Huron’s tradition of excellence and relevance in theological education continues to be enhanced. Whether you are interested in theological training and formation for ministry and service, or in Theology or Religious Studies as fields of academic inquiry and research, you have a unique opportunity at the Faculty of Theology, says Dr. Smith. “Not many theological schools are embedded, like we are, in a Liberal Arts university. Here, you can engage directly in an inclusive and collegial learning community, while being challenged to ask both big questions about faith, history, and justice, as well as hard questions about religion and its place in society, politics, and culture.”
Nouvelle visite au tombeau vide : Les premiers récits de Pâques, trans. Charles Ehlinger, Lectio Divina 260 (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 2013).
Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010)
The Post-Mortem Vindication of Jesus in the Sayings Gospel Q, Library of New Testament Studies 338 (London; New York: T. & T. Clark International, 2006).
Prayer in the Sayings Gospel Q, ed. Daniel A. Smith and Christoph Heil, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 425 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019).
Built on Rock or Sand? Q Studies – Retrospects, Introspects and Prospects, ed. Christoph Heil, Gertraud Harb, and Daniel A. Smith; Biblical Tools and Studies 34 (Leuven: Peeters, 2018).
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“Peter, Pseudepigraphy, and Polemics: Deviance and ‘False Teachers’ in 2 Peter,” in Peter in the Early Church, ed. Judith M. Lieu, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 325 (Leuven: Peeters, forthcoming).
“‘No Weapon but That of Analysis’: Issues at Stake in the Rise and Reception of the Two-Document Hypothesis,” in Theological and Theoretical Issues in the Synoptic Problem, ed. John S. Kloppenborg and Joseph Verheyden, Library of New Testament Studies 618 (London; New York: Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark, 2020), 113-34.
“The Influence of Q’s Prayer Texts in Matthew,” in Prayer in the Sayings Gospel Q, ed. Daniel A. Smith and Christoph Heil, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 425 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019), 261-81.
“The Sayings Gospel Q in Marcion’s Edition of Luke,” in Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 94/3 (2018): 481-503.
“Marcion’s Gospel and the Synoptics: Proposals and Problems,” in Gospels and Gospel Traditions in the Second Century: Experiments in Reception, ed. Jens Schröter, Tobias Nicklas, and Joseph Verheyden, Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 235 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018), 129-73.
“Excursion, Incursion, Conquest: A Spatial Approach to Mission in the Synoptics,” in The Gospels and Their Stories in Anthropological Perspective, ed. John S. Kloppenborg and Joseph Verheyden, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 409 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018), 191-214.