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Terence Donaldson

Professor Emeritus, New Testament

ThD (Wycliffe and U Toronto), D.Cn.L. (Emmanuel & St. Chad)

BSc (U Toronto), MRel (Wycliffe), ThM (Wycliffe)


After completing his doctorate in 1982, Terry Donaldson taught for seventeen years in Saskatoon at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad, the Anglican seminary on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan. In 1999, he returned to Toronto where he took up his present position at Wycliffe College. His publications include four books, one edited volume and forty (or so) journal articles and other chapters. His current research project has to do with identity construction within early Gentile Christianity (“from Cornelius to Constantine”), in the dual context of the “parting of the ways” with Judaism and the Christianization of the Roman empire.

As a scholar, he is fascinated with the process by which the early church, from its beginnings as an eschatological renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment, developed within a century or so into a largely Gentile religion, separate and distinct from the synagogue. As a Christian educator and layperson, he is concerned to lead students (and others) to a richer appreciation of the gospel that stands at the heart and centre both of the Bible and of the grand and richly diverse tradition of the church. Outside work Terry enjoys banjo-playing, ballroom dancing, bread-baking and camping. He and his wife, Lois, live in downtown Toronto and are members of St. Aidan’s parish. They take delight in their two adult children, two children-in-law and three grandchildren.

* Note to potential PhD students: Dr. Donaldson no longer takes any new PhD students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Jewish Universalism
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Apostle Paul
  • Gentiles and the Gentilization of early Christianity
  • Early Christian-Jewish relations
  • Social context of the early Christian movement

Select Publications and Media:

  • “Supersessionism and Early Christian Self-definition.” Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting 3 (2016), 1-32
  • Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations (London: SPCK; Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010)
  • Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE) (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007)
  • Paul and the Gentiles: Remapping the Apostle’s Convictional World (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997)
  • “ ‘Gentile Christianity’ as a Category in the Study of Christian Origins,” in Harvard Theological Review 106 (2013), 433-458
  • “ ‘We Gentiles’: Ethnicity and Identity in Justin’s Dialogue,” in Early Christianity 4 (2013), 216-41.
  • “What I Learned Teaching NT 101,” in Toronto Journal of Theology 16 (2000), 251-65.
  • “The Juridical, the Participatory and the ‘New Perspective’ on Paul,” pp. 229-41, in Kathy Ehrensperger and J. Brian Tucker, eds., Reading Paul in Context: Explorations in Identity Formation (Library of New Testament Studies; London: T. &. T Clark, 2010).
  • “Introduction to the Pauline Corpus,” in John Barton and John Muddiman, eds., The Oxford Bible Commentary: The Pauline Epistles (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 27-56.