Dr. Presley is a graduate of Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary, and he carried out his doctoral research at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His dissertation was entitled, "The Intertextual Reception of Genesis 1-3 in Irenaeus of Lyon," and his areas of research and teaching include early Christian theology and exegesis, history of biblical interpretation, New Testament, and Patristics. His research is intentionally interdisciplinary and seeks to integrate biblical studies, theology and hermeneutical theory. He is a frequent contributor to The Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception published by de Gruyter, and has several articles in the area of early Christian studies and exegesis including “Irenaeus and the Exegetical Roots of Trinitarian Theology,” in Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy, and “The Lost Sheep who is Found: Irenaeus’ Intertextual Reading of Genesis 3 in Adversus Haereses 3.23.1-8,” in Studia Patristica. He has given many national and international presentations at the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the North American Patristic Society. He has also served the church as a Sunday school teacher, youth worker, pastoral intern, and chaplain, as well as participating in several short-term mission projects throughout the US and Europe.
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