Professor of New Testament

Bible Division

croy clayton
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The twin theological themes of incarnation and resurrection are especially interesting to me. The former is God's resounding affirmation of embodied life; the latter assures us that such life is not a temporary aberration. Resurrection is God's way of saying that embodied human beings are too good an idea to have a shelf life.

--N. Clayton Croy


B.A., Asbury College; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; M.A., University of California-Santa Barbara; Ph.D., Emory University; Youth minister, Centenary United Methodist Church, Ashland, KY; Instructor, Candler School of Theology, Emory University; Lecturer, Emory University; Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia Theological Seminary, GA; Assistant Professor, Trinity, 1999-2005; Associate Professor, Trinity, 2005-2012; Professor, Trinity, 2012-.


  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research


  • “Mantic Mary: The Virgin Mother as Prophet in Luke 1:26-56.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 34.3 (March 2012) 254-76. (Co-authored with Alice E. Connor)
  • Prima Scriptura: An Introduction to New Testament Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • “The Messianic Whippersnapper: Did Jesus Use a Whip on People in the Temple (John 2:15)?” Journal of Biblical Literature 128.3 (2009) 553-66.
  • “Stoicism, Cynicism, and the Historical Jesus.” Article in the Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus. Edited by Craig Evans. New York: Routledge, 2008
  • “Disrespecting Dionysus: 3 Maccabees as Narrative Satire of the God of Wine.” Pages 3-19 in Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay. Edited by Patrick Gray and Gail R. O’Day. Leiden: Brill, 2008.
  • 3 Maccabees. (Septuagint Commentary Series, ed. by Stanley E. Porter) Leiden: Brill, 2006.
  • "To Die is Gain' (Philippians 1:19-26): Does Paul Contemplate Suicide?" Journal of Biblical Literature 122 (2003) 517-31.
  • The Mutilation of Mark's Gospel. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.
  • "Violence, Vengeance, and the Word of God." Trinity Seminary Review 23:1 (Spring/Summer 2001), 31-33.
  • "Where the Gospel Text Begins: a Non-Theological Interpretation of Mark 1:1." Novum Testamentum 43.2 (2001), 105-127.
  • "Epicureanism," "Neopythagoreanism," and "Personal Religion." Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2000 .
  • A Primer of Biblical Greek. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Endurance in Suffering: Hebrews 12:1-13 in its Rhetorical, Religious, and Philosophical Context. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • "Hellenistic Philosophies and the Preaching of the Resurrection." Novum Testamentum 39 (1997), 21-39.
  • "A Note on Hebrews 12:2." Journal of Biblical Literature 114(1995), 115-117.
  • "A Tale of Two Sermons." Pulpit Digest (Nov-Dec 1992), 74-76.