Barnes TatumJefferson-Pilot Professor of Religion and Philosophy Emeritus
Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina

Barnes Tatum began his post-undergraduate studies in Bible and Christian origins at St. Mary’s College, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He then returned to the United States to complete his theological and graduate education at Duke University. His books on Jesus have been widely used for college, university, and seminary courses. His articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of academic journals and popular publications. He has contributed entries on the Bible and films to the 30-volume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR) and has served on occasion as a commentator on Jesus movies: for American Movie Classics (AMC), the History Channel (THC), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC- 4), and EO-television (The Netherlands). A life-long Methodist, he has written for Church publications and served as a speaker in local, regional, and international settings.


Academic Credentials

  • A.B., Birmingham Southern College
  • B.D., Duke University
  • M.L.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Ph.D., Duke University

Special Study

  • Sabbatical in Oxford and London, Fall 1999
  • Rare Book School, Columbia University, Summer 1990
  • NEH Summer Seminar, Yeshiva University, 1987
  • NEH Summer Seminar, Duke University, 1982
  • Travel Seminar in Israel and Greece, January 1973
  • Travel Seminar in India, Summer 1971

Academic Appointments

  • Faculty Member, Greensboro College, 1973–
  • Dean of the College, Greensboro College, 1983–1987
  • Faculty Member, Huntingdon College, 1966–1973
  • Chair, Department of Religion, Huntingdon College, 1970–1973

Professional Service

  • Participant, SBL International Meetings: Edinburgh 2006, Rome 2001, Amsterdam 1986
  • Participant, World Methodist Conference, Brighton, England, 1971
  • Lecturer, North Carolina Humanities Council, 1994–1996
  • President, North Carolina Teachers of Religion, 1981–1982
  • Vice President, North Carolina Teachers of Religion, 1980–1981
  • Member, Jesus Seminar, 1988–
  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature, 1966–
  • Member, American Academy of Religion, 1966–
  • Graduate Assistant, International Greek New Testament Project, 1963–1966

Honors and Awards

  • Jefferson-Pilot Professorship, 2001–
  • United Methodist Exemplary Faculty Award, 2001
  • Moore Award Professorship, Greensboro College, 1993–1994
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Greensboro College, 1980
  • John W. Frazer Faculty Award, Huntingdon College, 1970
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