Th.D., Harvard University Divinity School

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

M.A., Abilene Christian University

B.A., Abilene Christian University

Dennis E. Smith

LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminar, Tulsa, Oklahoma

d. 2017

With specialized research interests in the social world of early Christianity, Dennis E. Smith is a recognized authority on ancient Greco-Roman meal customs. He has maintained throughout his career an active research interest in various aspects of the study of Christian origins.

Smith has served in a number of leadership roles at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature: as steering committee member of the Social History of Formative Christianity and Judaism Section, as member of the Seminar on Ancient Myths and Modern Theories of Christian Origins, and as co-chair of the Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World. At the Westar Institute, he was a Charter Fellow of the Jesus Seminar and currently serves as chair of the Acts Seminar and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Jesus Seminar on Christian Origins. He has served as guest editor for Forum and was on the editorial board of The Fourth R.

In addition to the books listed below, he has published numerous articles and book reviews in scholarly journals. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).


  • Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report, co-editor with Joseph B. Tyson, Nov 2013
  • The Chalice Introduction to the New Testament, editor, 2004
  • From Symposium to Eucharist: The Banquet in the Early Christian World, 2003
  • Many Tables: The Eucharist in the New Testament and Liturgy Today, co-author with Hal Taussig, 1990
  • The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible. Editor and author, Volume 10: John (1996); Editor: Volume 12: Acts (1999); Volume 13: Women in the New Testament (1999); Volume 9: Stories About Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels (2005); Volume 11: Parables of Jesus (2006)

Academic Appointments

  • LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminary, 2007–
  • Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminary, 1997–2007
  • Associate Professor of New Testament, Phillips Theological Seminary, 1986–1997
  • Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, 1981–1986
  • Assistant Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1980–1981
  • Instructor, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979–1980