Brian Tabb serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Assistant Dean at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He teaches courses at the college and seminary levels on biblical languages and exegesis, world missions, and research. His research interests include the use of the OT in the NT, the Gospel of John, and Acts. Brian desires to be a man whose “delight is in the instruction of the Lord” (Psalm 1:2) and who equips students to rightly handle and cherish the Word of God.
Brian came to Bethlehem in 2005 to be an apprentice in the TBI Track 2 program, which he completed in 2007. He came on staff part-time with TBI in 2006 and has been a full-time BCS faculty member since 2009. In 2009 he completed a Master of Theology degree at Luther Seminary with a thesis entitled “The Death of Jesus and the Accomplishment of Scripture: A Contextual Study of the Use of the Old Testament in John 19:16b-37.”
He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree through London School of Theology under the supervision of Dr. Steve Walton and is writing his thesis on the place of suffering in ancient worldview, with a focus on Luke-Acts, 4 Maccabees and Seneca.
Brian has been happily married to Kristin since 2005 and they have two children, Jeremiah and Julia. He likes to spend time outdoors, play guitar, and drink coffee with a good book or good friends. Brian and Kristin are active members of Bethlehem Baptist Church and serve together with the Global Outreach team. He is passionate about theological education in the developing world and has taught in Armenia, Uganda, and India.
- B.A., Wheaton College Psychology (minor in Bible/Theology)
- M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School (Biblical Exegesis)
- M.A., Bethlehem College and Seminary (Biblical and Pastoral Studies)
- M.Th., Luther Theological Seminary (New Testament)
- Ph.D. (candidate), London School of Theology (New Testament)
“Jesus’ Thirst at the Cross: Irony and Intertextuality in John 19:28,” Evangelical Quarterly (forthcoming).
“Johannine Fulfillment: Continuity and Escalation,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 21.4 (2011): 495–505.
Lexham Bible Dictionary, ed. John D. Barry (Logos, 2012). Articles contributed: “Deacon” and “Persecution in the Early Church.”
Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Tremper Longman III (Grand Rapids: Baker, forthcoming).
“Consummation,” “General,” “Hymenaeus,” “Impotent,” “Increase,” “Interest,” “Inclusiveness,” “Innocence,” “Preparation Day,” “Occupation/Profession”
Review of J. A. Kelhoffer, Persecution, Persuasion and Power. Review of Biblical Literature (2012). (PDF)
Review of S. Walton et. al., Reading Acts Today, L. Alexander FS, Themelios 37.1 (2012): 83–85. Online.
Review of B. Rosner and T. Burke, Paul as Missionary: Identity, Activity, Theology, and Practice, Themelios 36.3 (2011): 486–489. Online.
Review of J. Williams, Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement, Themelios 36.1 (2011): 112-14. Online.
Review of S. Bøe, Cross-Bearing in Luke, Bulletin for Biblical Research 21.3 (2011): 409–11.
Review of K. Matthews, Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53.4 (2010): 817-18. Online.
Review of E. Schnabel, Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods, Themelios 35.2 (2010): 312-13. Online.
Review of D. Garrett and J. DeRouchie, A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52.4 (2009): 832-34. Online.
Review of A. Thompson, The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus. Bulletin for Biblical Research (forthcoming).
"The Narrative Function of Saul’s Suffering in Acts 9." Paper presented at the Institute for Biblical Research Annual Meeting. Chicago, November, 2012. Online.
"Is the Lukan Jesus a “Martyr? A Critical Assessment of a Scholarly Consensus." Paper presented at the ETS Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, November 2012. (PDF)
“Jesus’ Thirst at the Cross: Irony and Intertextuality in John 19:28.” Paper presented at the ETS Annual Meeting. Atlanta, November, 2010.
“Johannine Fulfillment Language.” Paper presented at the SBL Upper Midwest Meeting. Saint Paul, April, 2010.