Walter Hansen

Dr. Hansen received a B. A. in Philosophy from Wheaton College (1968), a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1972), and a Th.D. from Wycliffe College (1985). He has over 40 years of global ministry experience in both pastoral and academic contexts. Since 1985, Dr. Hansen has been teaching New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is now Professor of Global Theological Education.

His areas of interest include Pauline Studies, Luke-Acts, and New Testament ethics. He has published extensively in these areas, including Abraham in Galatians: Epistolary and Rhetorical Contexts. JSNTSup 29. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1989; “Paul’s Three Dimensional Application of Genesis 15:6 in Galatians,” Trinity Theological Journal 1 (1989) 59-77; Commentary on Galatians. Downers Grove: IVP, 1994; “Paul’s Conversion and His Ethic of Freedom in Galatians,” in The Road from Damascus: The Impact of Paul’s Conversion on His Life, Thought, and Ministry. edited by Richard N. Longenecker (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997) 213-237; “Resurrection and the Christian Life in Paul’s Letters,” in Life in the Face of Death. The Resurrection Message of the New Testament, edited by Richard Longenecker. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998; “Transformation of Relationships: Partnership, Citizenship, and Friendship in Philippi,” in New Testament Greek and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of Gerald F. Hawthorne. Edited by Amy Donaldson and Tim Sailors. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003; and, The Letter to the Philippians, The Pillar New Testament Commentary, edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.

Beyond New Testament Studies, Dr. Hansen is also interested in the relationship between visual arts and theology.  Dr. Hansen is married to Darlene Kirk Hansen, and they have three children and seven grandchildren. The Hansens currently reside in Chicago.


Volume 121

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Guests on Volume 121: Daniel Gabelman, on how George MacDonald’s celebration of the “childlike” promotes levity and a joyful sense of play, rooted in filial trust of the Father; Curtis White, on the troubling enthusiasm for accounts of the human person that reduce us to mere meat and wetware; Michael Hanby, on why there is no “neutral” science, how all accounts of what science does and why contain metaphysical and theological assumptions; Alan Jacobs, on why the Book of Common Prayer has lived such a long and influential life; James K. A. Smith, on how some movements in modern philosophy provide resources for recovering an appreciation for the role of the body in knowing the world; and Bruce Herman and Walter Hansen, on Herman’s paintings and how conversing about works of art enables us to grow in understanding of the non-verbal meaning they convey.