DONALDSON, TERENCE L. Contact Areas of Interest

Wycliffe College
Toronto, ON
t: 416-946-3537
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Jewish literature (200 BCE–200CE)
  • Jewish “universalism” (proselytes, “godfearers,” etc.)
  • Matthew
  • Paul
  • Narrative criticism
  • Ethnicity
  • Urban realia
  • Gentile Christianity
  • Gentilization of early Christianity
  • “Parting of the ways”
  • Anti-Judaism and the New Testament
  • Adversus Judaeos tradition


Terry Donaldson is Lord and Lady Coggan Professor of New Testament Studies at Wycliffe College, and has had a status-only appointment with the Department for the Study of Religion since 2001. His current research has to do with ethnicity and identity formation within “Gentile Christianity” to the end of the second century. More generally, his research interests have centred on the process by which the movement eventually known as Christianity developed—within a century or so–from its beginnings as an eschatological renewal movement entirely within the Jewish environment into a largely Gentile religion, separate from the synagogue. His areas of teaching and publications include Second Temple Judaism and its literature; Jewish “universalism”; Matthew; Paul; Gentile Christianity; anti-Judaism and the New Testament. Before coming to Toronto (1999), he taught at the College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Saskatoon), with a cross-appointment to the Department of Religious Studies (University of Saskatchewan).

Primary Teaching

Doctoral seminars

  • Readings in Jewish Literature (200BCE–200CE)
  • Paul and His Interpreters
  • Aspects of Matthean Interpretation
  • Early Christian Self-definition

Selected publications

“ ‘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.

Jews and Anti-Judaism in the New Testament: Decision Points and Divergent Interpretations (London: SPCK; Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2010), 176 pp.

“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.

“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).

Judaism and the Gentiles: Jewish Patterns of Universalism (to 135 CE) (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2007), 563 pp.

Selected Accomplishments

Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Divinity and Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2011-12)

Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: “Identity, Ethnicity and the Emergence of Gentile Christianity,” 2009-12

Francis W. Beare prize, for Judaism and the Gentiles; awarded by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2009