So who is Dave Black? I am a broken person who is therefore qualified to minister to other broken people. Like Saul of Tarsus (who gave up his intellectual arrogance though not his intellectual prowess), I'm a recovering New Testament "scholar." My message is now simply, "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." I have not always been in the Gospel business, but I am now, to the hilt.
I was born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. An avid surfer, I enjoyed big wave riding at such famous beaches as Makaha, Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Pupukea. But the biggest ride of my life was when I put my faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at the age of eight. During my teen years I was active in the Jesus Movement as well as in my local church, serving as deacon, youth pastor, and music leader.
After graduation from high school in 1970, I studied music at the University of Hawaii before leaving for California to attend Biola University. I was the first one in my family to attend college. I graduated from Biola in 1975 with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, and then enrolled in Biola’s graduate school, Talbot School of Theology, where I majored in New Testament and Greek. I graduated from Talbot with my M.Div. in 1980 and then began doctoral studies in New Testament at the University of Basel in Switzerland, where I received my Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) degree in 1983. I later took courses at Jerusalem University College on Mount Zion in Israel.
I currently have the great honor of serving as Professor of New Testament and Greek and the Dr. M. O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I have also had the privilege of teaching short courses at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Lancaster Bible College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology, Simon Greenleaf University, Criswell College, Freie Hochschule für Mission (Germany), Tyndale Theological Seminary (Holland), Bibelschule Walzenhausen (Switzerland), IEM Bible College (India), Chong Shin Theological Seminary (Korea), Faith Theological Seminary (Korea), Cosin Theological Seminary (Korea), Evangelical Theological College (Ethiopia), Meserete Kristos College (Ethiopia), and many other institutions. In addition, I have lectured at the Complutensian University in Spain, the Areopagus in Timisoara, Romania, and the Universities of Oxford and Leeds in England.
God has allowed me to publish some 100 scholarly articles and book reviews in such journals as Novum Testamentum, New Testament Studies, Bible Translator, Journal of Biblical Literature, Biblica, Westminster Theological Journal, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. I have served as the New Testament editor of the International Standard Version translation of the Bible and as a founding editor of Filologia Neotestamentaria in Córdoba, Spain. I hold membership in the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
To date I have authored or edited some 25 Pulitzer Prize losing books, including The Myth of Adolescence, Learn to Read New Testament Greek, Using New Testament Greek in Ministry, New Testament Textual Criticism, Interpreting the New Testament, Rethinking the Synoptic Problem, and Why Four Gospels?
For 37 years I was married to Becky Lynn Lapsley Black. On November 2, 2013, Becky entered the presence of the One she loved and served so faithfully.
I live on a 123-acre working farm in southern Virginia. My home, "Bradford Hall," is named after Becky's ancestor, William Bradford (of Mayflower fame) as well as her father, Bradford Lapsley. In addition to being my main residence, it serves as a place of retreat and refuge for furloughing missionaries, pastors, and others.
The old house on the farm is called "Maple Ridge." It was built in 1810 and was recently restored and updated. I call this the refugee/guest/ministry house. It is designed for families who need longer-term housing assistance.
I love animals (especially horses) and for many years was an avid Civil War reenactor.
I am also a self-supporting missionary to Ethiopia and the world. Becky was raised in Ethiopia, the daughter of missionary parents. She introduced me to the land of her youth in 2004, and it was love at first sight.
Though not an MK, I frequently travel to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to minister to the persecuted church. Since 2004 I have made 17 trips to Ethiopia, 7 trips to Asia, and 10 trips to Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
If it's vacation time, you will find me on a mission trip. I pursue the goal of being a servant-missionary to the world. There is no greater privilege or higher calling. No matter where I find myself, there is work to do and opportunities to seize.