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Professor Steve Walton

Professor Steve Walton

Professorial Research Fellow in New Testament, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Honorary Research Fellow, Tyndale House, Cambridge

New Testament

Greek language, linguistics and lexicography


Steve Walton's passion is to help others engage with the NT for themselves, and he is therefore an enthusiastic teacher of Greek. 

Prof Walton has supervised nine PhD students to successful completion, and has examined 30 doctoral theses, covering a wide range of areas, including: Luke and Acts, the Gospels, Paul, Hebrews, the role of Bishops in the UK House of Lords, church growth, the interface of Islamics and New Testament studies, and hermeneutics.

Prof Walton has previously served on a church staff, in student ministry with UCCF, advised people on God's call with the Church Pastoral Aid Society, was a househusband, a bishop's chaplain, and has lectured at Bedford College, St John’s College, Nottingham, and London School of Theology. He is married to Ali, who teaches at Ridley Hall in Cambridge, and they live with their Border Terrier, Flora. Steve is a retired international volleyball referee and now works in training and developing other referees, which takes him around the world from time to time.

Subject area and speciality

New Testament specialists:
  • The Acts of the Apostles
  • Paul
  • synoptic Gospels
  • New Testament theology
  • narrative approaches to the New Testament
  • Greek language, linguistics and lexicography
Scriptural language specialists:

New Testament Greek

Greek specialists:

Research Interests

Prof Walton’s major current research project is writing the Word Biblical Commentary on Acts, and as a result he finds himself involved in numerous projects related to the Book of Acts. He has wide interests outside Acts, including the synoptic Gospels (especially Mark and Luke), New Testament theology, narrative approaches to the New Testament, the appropriation of the Old Testament in the New Testament, Greek language and linguistics, New Testament textual criticism, and Paul (especially, but not exclusively, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Galatians).


Prof Walton teaches:

A1b Elementary New Testament Greek

B1b Intermediate New Testament Greek (Galatians)

Prof Walton also offers supervision for other New Testament papers

Other Professional Activities

Prof Walton co-chairs the SBL Book of Acts section, and the Book of Acts seminar of the British New Testament Society. He also serves on the steering committee of the SBL Biblical Lexicography section, and the Editorial Board of the Library of New Testament Studies monograph series (T & T Clark/Bloomsbury). He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ), the Society of Biblical Literature, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, and the Institute for Biblical Research.

Key Publications

Prof Walton has published a scholarly study of Acts and 1 Thessalonians, Leadership and Lifestyle (SNTS monograph series 108; Cambridge University Press, 2000), and a book on vocation for all Christians, A Call to Live (Triangle, 1994), as well as co-authoring a Gospels and Acts textbook, Exploring the New Testament, Vol.1 (SPCK, 2001—now in a second [revised] edition, 2011). The textbook has also been translated into Korean.

He co-edited Reading Acts Today (Library of NT Studies 427; T & T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2011), and has contributed numerous articles to edited books and journals, including recently the second edition of Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (IVP, 2013) and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Christian Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)