Professor of Theological Studies
J. David Cassel teaches courses in the areas of biblical studies, the history of biblical interpretation, New Testament Greek, C.S. Lewis, religious themes in young adult literature, theology and the environment, and theology and the arts. He is a strong supporter of off-campus study, and he regularly teaches courses in Israel and Italy. Cassel's research interests include studies in the early church, the history of the interpretation of the Adam and Eve story, the theological understanding of sin and Christianity and nature.
Ph.D. University of Virginia, M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary, B.A. Grinnell College
Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:
History of Biblical Interpretation
Theology and the Arts
Theology and the Environment
Early Christianity in Italy
The Holy Land
The Theology of Sin
"Principles of Exegesis Governing Didymus the Blind's Interpretation of Genesis 3" - article submitted for publication.
"Destruction of Jerusalem," "Philo" and "Sophia" in the New Westminster Dictionary of Church History. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2008.
"Patristic Interpretation of Isaiah." As Those Who Are Taught: The Interpretation of Isaiah from the LXX to the SBL (edited by Claire Mathews-McGinnis and Patricia Hull). Atlanta: SBL Press, 2006, 145-170.
"Patristic and Rabbinic Interpretations of Genesis 3 - A Case Study in Contrasts." Studia Patristica Vol. XXXIX. Leuven: Peeters, 2006, 203-211.
"Who Needs All These Bibles?" Covenant Companion, May 2002.
"Cyril of Alexanderia as Educator." In Dominico Eloquio - In Lordly Eloquence: Essays on Patristic Exegesis in Honor of Robert Louis Wilken. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002, 348-368.
"Key Principles in Cyril of Alexandria's Exegesis." Studia Patristica, Vol. XXXVII. Leuven: Peeters, 2001, 413-420.
"Communist Plots and Loose Livers: The Story behind Five of the Most Popular English Translations of the Bible." Covenant Companion, February 2001.
"Top 10 Saints." Covenant Companion, November 1999.
"Cyril of Alexandria." The Encyclopedia of Christianity (eds. Erwin Fahlbusch ... et al.) Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.
"Response to Scot McKnight." Ex Auditu, Volume 14, 1998.
"Stewardship: Experiencing and Expressing God's Nurturing Love."
American Baptist Quarterly, March, 1998.
"Seven Short Devotionals." The Covenant Home Altar, April-June, 1998.
"Defending the Cannibals." Christian History February, 1998 (reprinted as part of the SIRS Renaissance Computer Data Base for Libraries and Schools, September 1998).
"Defenders of the Faith." in the Christian History study
guide, The Early Church, 1995.
"Cyril of Alexandria: Champion of Christology." Covenant Companion, September 1994.
"Athanasius: Advocate for Equality within the Godhead." Covenant Companion, August 1994.
"Origen of Alexandria: Saint or Heretic?" Covenant Companion, July 1994.
"Irenaeus of Lyons: Defining and Protecting Orthodoxy." Covenant Companion, June 1994.
"Justin Martyr: Defending the Faith until Death." Covenant Companion, May 1994.
"Saints, Heroes, and Heretics." Covenant Companion, April 1994.
"Adult Bible Study Materials Review." Chicago: Department of Discipleship and Christian Education, Evangelical Covenant Church, 1988 (revised edition, 1990).
"Rhythm and Rainbows: A Unique Outreach Ministry." Covenant
Companion, March 1986 (Reprinted in JED Share Magazine, June 1986).
"Fit for the Battle: A Four Part Series on the book of Joshua."
Covenant Companion, August, September, October, and November 1984.
"Retired but not Through." Covenant Companion, May 15, 1983.
"The Covenant Baptismal Debate: A Review and a Proposal." Narthex, September 1, 1981.
"To Build or not to Build?" Covenant Companion, October 1, 1980.
"Mary Who?" Covenant Companion, April 1, 1980.
"New Covenant Sings the New Covenant." Covenant Companion,
February 1, 1980.