Carl R. Holladay papers, 1957-2023, undated

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/w3xj3

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Holladay, Carl R.
Title: Carl R. Holladay papers, 1957-2023, undated
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 461
Extent: 47.8 cubic feet (118 boxes)
Abstract:This collection surveys a wide array of the academic career of Carl R. Holladay, focusing on his academic service, teaching, major publications, and correspondence.
Language:Materials in English and German.

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Restrictions on Access

Boxes 19-22 have restricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


Gift of Carl Holladay, 2019, 2023

Custodial History

Received from Carl Holladay, 2019, 2023.


[after identification of item(s)], Carl R. Holladay papers, MSS 461, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Maya Espinoza, 2022-2023.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Carl R. Holladay is the Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. His is a popular lecturer at colleges and universities and his research, focusing on Luke-Acts, Hellenistic Judaism, and Christology, joins classical academic scholarship and professional application.

Holladay was born on October 18th, 1943, in Huntingdon, Tennessee. He began his undergraduate education at Freed-Hardman College until he moved to Texas to complete his degree at Abilene Christian University in 1965 where he also received his Masters in Divinity in 1969. After completing his MDiv, he attended Princeton for a Masters of Theology (1970) and finished his Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Cambridge in Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity in 1975.

Holladay’s teaching career began in 1975 at Yale Divinity School. In 1980 he came to Candler School of Theology, where he remained until retirement. In addition to teaching New Testament and Early Christian studies, Holladay also served as the academic dean for a decade while at Candler. In 2002 he was named the Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament.

Holladay is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum (SNTS), where he served on the executive committee. From 2016-2017 Holladay served as the president of SNTS. In 2017, he was elected into membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Holladay has also served on the Board of Directors for the Christian Scholarship Foundation (1983-2012), the Fulbright Association (2012- ), and the American Turkish Friendship Council (2008-2014).

Among Holladay’s many scholarly contributions are his critical editions of Hellenistic Jewish authors and his work on New Testament Christology and Luke-Acts. Some of his books include Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors (Chico: Scholars Press, 1983-1996), Critical Introduction to the New Testament (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005), Introduction to the New Testament: Reference Edition (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2017), and Acts: A Commentary (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2016).

Scope and Content Note

This collection surveys a wide array of Carl Holladay’s academic career. It mostly focuses on his pedagogical pursuits, major publications, and correspondence. Additionally, the collection includes Holladay’s process of writing include research, publishing correspondence, and drafts. With everything from syllabi of courses he taught, itineraries of his travels, to notes on his publications, this collection shows a broad picture of his career through the years. The collection contains five series: (1) Academic Service and Collaboration; (2) Correspondence; (3) Courses and Course Related Materials; (4) Papers, Lectures, Sermons, and Presentations; and (5) Publications and Research.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 5 series: (1) Academic Service and Collaboration; (2) Correspondence; (3) Courses and Course Related Materials; (4) Papers, Lectures, Sermons, and Presentations; and (5) Publications and Research.

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