Robert Yarbrough

2022 Lecturer: Robert Yarbrough

Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary


Robert Yarbrough taught at Covenant Theological Seminary from 1991-96 and returned in 2010. Previously he served at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1996-2010), Wheaton College (IL) (1987-91), and Liberty University (1985-87).  His Ph.D. is from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

He has been involved in theological education in Africa since 1989, especially in Sudan and currently in South Africa. He taught extensively in Eastern Europe 1990-2007. He has also taught in Hong Kong and Australia. In the US he has pastored or served on pastoral staff in Montana, Missouri, Illinois and North Carolina.

He is the author of a commentary on Romans in the The ESV Expository Commentary, vol. 10 (Crossway, 2020). He has also written Clash of Visions: Populism and Elitism in New Testament Theology (Mentor, 2019) and The Letters to Timothy and Titus in The Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans, 2018). He co-authored (with Victor Kuligan) In Christ Alone (Christian Art, 2017), a book on the five Reformation solas published in South Africa.

He wrote on the Johannine Epistles in 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, 1, 2, and 3 John (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, 2015). He authored 1-3 John (2008) in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, which he co-edits (with Joshua Jipp). He is also co-editor (with Andreas Köstenberger) of the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (B&H Academic). He serves as editor of the Covenant Seminary journal Presbyterion.

His other books include: The Salvation-Historical Fallacy? Reassessing the History of New Testament Theology (Deo, 2004) and The Gospel of John (Moody, 1991; new edition Wipf & Stock, 2011). With Walter Elwell he authored the widely used textbook Engaging the New Testament (Baker, 3rd ed. 2013; 4th edition 2022), which has been translated into numerous languages. He also co-edited (again with Walter Elwell) Readings from the First Century World: Primary Sources for New Testament Study (Baker, 1998).

With Andreas Köstenberger he co-edited Understanding the Times: Essays in Honor of D. A. Carson (Crossway, 2012) and wrote two of the book’s chapters. He has contributed to many other books, reference works and journals. At the popular level Yarbrough is author of The Kregel Pictorial Guide to the New Testament (2009).

Worship Service

"Reckoning with Jesus"
March 15, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One

"Just Jesus: Taking His Full Measure" (Part I)
March 16, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Lecture Two

"Just Jesus Taking His Full Measure" (Part II)
March 17, 2022, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Beeson Divinity School, N-101

About the Biblical Studies Lectures

Each Spring, Beeson Divinity School hosts the Biblical Studies Lectures, one of three annual lectureships, to enrich the spiritual life of our community and enhance the educational experience of our students. Guest speakers committed to the proclamation of the Holy Scripture are chosen because they pursue their study of the Bible with the utmost academic rigor and integrity. Their scholarship serves as an example of the faithful and diligent attention to the study of Scripture that we hope to instill in our students. We believe a strong foundation in basic theological disciplines is essential and is reflected in the curriculum. Nearly one-third of the requirements for the Master of Divinity program is devoted to the study of the Bible and the language in which it is written.

Each year, guest lecturers for the series alternate between Old and New Testament scholars. Past lecturers include Darrell Bock, Gordon Wenham, Robert P. Gordon, N. T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Walter Kaiser, D. A. Carson, J. Gordon McConville, Peter Stuhlmacher, Karen Jobes, Christopher Wright, and Richard Bauckham. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center.

Services are open to the public free of charge.