S. Aaron Son
Professor of New Testament
Dr. Son has a great passion for the study of the New Testament, Greek, and hermeneutics. He is particularly interested in Pauline studies and the history of early Christianity. For many years, his research has focused on Paul’s life, letters (esp., his Prison Epistles), and theology (esp., his anthropology and ecclesiology). Out of this research, he plans to publish two books that introduce Paul’s life, ministry, and letters, tentatively titled From Persecutor to Martyr: Stories behind Paul’s Life and Letters and Understanding Paul through His Friends and Foes. Since the publication of his book, Corporate Elements in Pauline Anthropology, Analecta Biblica MS 148 (Biblical Press, 2001), Dr. Son has been exploring how Paul’s corporate anthropology relates to other parts of Pauline theology, especially to his view of church and ministry. Hoping to publish a book on Pauline theology of church and ministry someday, he has intentionally focused his research and teaching on this topic for last several years. Dr. Son also published a festschrift, History and Exegesis (T & T Clark, 2006), in honor of his mentor, Dr. E. Earle Ellis, and a number of articles and reviews in academic journals such as JETS, SWJT, BBR, and RBL. Dr. Son is a member of ETS, IBR, and SBL and actively participates in their annual conferences. He is currently serving a second term as an IBR board member and as Event Coordinator for its annual conference that draws more than 1,000 people.
Dr. Son is an ordained Baptist minister. Prior to embarking on his teaching ministry, he planted and served a local church as its senior pastor for 8 years. He still enjoys preaching and teaching in local churches and speaking at conferences and retreats. Dr. Son also enjoys visiting biblical sites in Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. He frequently organizes and leads biblical tours for students, pastors, and lay people.