Luke Timothy Johnson papers, 1958-2022

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Johnson, Luke Timothy.
Title: Luke Timothy Johnson papers, 1958-2022
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 346
Extent: 17.7 cubic feet (36 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of the academic papers of Luke Timothy Johnson, New Testament scholar and Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Restricted access to boxes 4 through 10.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


[after identification of item(s)], Luke Timothy Johnson papers (MSS 346), Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Trisha Cousino and Brandon Wason, 2019, 2022.

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Biographical Note

Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is a leading New Testament scholar and sought after lecturer, speaking across the country and abroad. He has delivered 200 presentations and lectures, and has authored 30 books, 70 scholarly articles, and 100 popular articles. Johnson has directed more than 20 PhD dissertations students throughout his career. His research concerns the literary, moral and religious dimensions of the New Testament, Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James.

Johnson, born on November 20, 1943, in Park Falls, Wisconsin, was educated in public and parochial schools. He served as a Benedictine monk and priest from 1963-1972. Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Notre Dame Seminary in 1966. After graduating, Johnson earned both his M.Div. from St. Meinrad School of Theology and M.A. in Religious Studies from Indiana University in 1970. Lastly, he received his Ph.D. from Yale University in New Testament in 1976. Johnson’s teaching career began in 1969 at St. Meinrad School of Theology and continued until his retirement from Candler School of Theology in 2016. Since beginning his career Johnson has taught at St. Joseph Seminary, Yale University, Indiana University, and Emory University. Johnson also served as a visiting professor at Gonzaga University, Columbia Theological Seminary, Boston College, Christus Institute on Spirituality, and the University of Notre Dame.

Johnson is a member of The Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), and the Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum (SNTS). He has also been a part of Colombia New Testament Seminar (1976-1981), Society for Values in Higher Education (1976), and Indiana Academy of Religion (1983-1992). He has also served as an editor on various journals and on numerous committees.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains materials related to the academic work of Luke Timothy Johnson spanning from 1965 to 2018. Included in these files are Academic presentations, correspondence, teaching materials, Johnson’s own student work, sermons, subject files, and audiovisual recordings. The collection spans across Johnson’s career both as a student and as a professor. Instutitions represented in this collection include Emory Univeristy, Notre Dame Seminary, Indiana University, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and Yale University.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 7 series: The collection has been arranged into seven series: Academic Papers, Lectures, and Other Writings; (2) Correspondence; (3) Courses and Course Related Materials; (4) Sermons and Presentations to Churches and Religious Organizations; (5) Student Work; (6) Subject Files; and (7) Audiovisual Materials.

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