White John LProfessor of Theology
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois

John L. White is internationally known for his study of ancient Greek letters, especially letters written on papyrus and formulaic features of the Apostle Paul's letters. He is the author and editor of multiple works and essays on ancient letter writing and was Convener (1973–1974) and Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature's "Ancient Epistolography Group" (1974–1979). He recently produced a major study of Paul's idea of God, The Apostle of God: Paul and the Promise of Abraham (1999).

Books & Edited Works

  • The Apostle of God: Paul and the Promise of Abraham, 1999
  • The Looking Glass: Essay in Celebration of a Precursor for Robert W. Funk, Forum 8.3-4 (co-editor with Bernard Brandon Scott), 1992
  • Light from Ancient Letters, 1986
  • Studies in Ancient Letter Writing, Semeia 22 (editor), 1982
  • The Body of the Greek Letter, 1972
  • The Form and Structure of the Official Petition, 1972

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1970
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1968
  • B.D., Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1966

Special Study

  • University of Toronto, 1972

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Theology, Loyola University, 1987–
  • Associate Professor of Theology, Loyola University, 1981–87
  • Associate Professor of Jewish & Christian Literature, The Missouri School of Religion, 1976–81
  • Assistant Professor of Classics (courtesy appointment), University of Missouri, 1970, 1977, 1979
  • Assistant Professor of New Testament & Church History, Missouri School of Religion, 1969–75

International Teaching Appointments

  • Onsite instruction about antiquities in Greece for Loyola University, summer 2000
  • Onsite instruction about antiquities in Rome and Italy for Loyola University, summer 1999
  • Professor of Theology, Loyola University's Rome Center, 1995-97

Professional Services

  • Board of Directors, Polebridge Press, 1985–
  • President, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, 1988–1989
  • Editorial Consultant, Foundations and Facets series of Fortress Press, 1985–1987
  • Consultant, National Endowment of the Humanities, 1980
  • Associate in Council, Society of Biblical Literature, 1979–1981
  • Steering Committee Member, Society of Biblical Literature Forms & Genres of Religious Literature in Late Antiquity, 1975–1978
  • Convener and Chair, Society of Biblical Literature's Ancient Epistolography Group, 1973–1979

Awards and Honors

  • Loyola Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Development Award, summer 1992
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1972
  • American Association of Theological Societies Fellowship, 1972