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Dennis E. Smith, ThD

  • LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament Emeritus
denominationChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)


  • Hospitality and the House Church in Early Christianity
  • The Lord's Supper According to Paul
  • The Lord's Prayer: What It's Really About
  • Acts of the Apostles: Problems and Promise 


  • BA, Abilene Christian University, 1967
  • MA, Abilene Christian University, 1969
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1972
  • ThD, Harvard University Divinity School, 1980

Key Facts

  • Joined Phillips in 1986; retired 2015
  • Ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Member of the Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member of the Westar Institute

Recent Publications

  • Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report, co-edited with Joseph B. Tyson (Polebridge, 2013)
  • Meals in the Early Christian World: Social Formation, Experimentation, and Conflict at the Table, co-edited with Hal Taussig (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012)
  • The Chalice Introduction to the New Testament (Chalice Press, 2004)
  • From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World (Fortress Press, 2003)
  • Five edited volumes of The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996-2006), and articles in a variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and essay collections.

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