Wink-Walter-2Walter Wink
Professor of Biblical Interpretation Emeritus,
Auburn Theological Seminary, New York

d. 2012

Walter Wink was an internationally known lecturer and workshop leader whose areas of interest were the development of a participative style of Bible study (“Transforming Bible Study”), an exploration of the biblical theme of principalities and powers (which has led to a trilogy of books and as many spinoffs), and Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. He led nonviolence workshops in South Africa in 1986, 1988, and 1998. In 1988, refused a visa, he entered South Africa without a visa, taught nonviolence workshops, and turned himself in to the authorities, who deported him. He and his wife, June, also led nonviolence workshops in (then) East Germany, Northern Ireland (twice), South Korea, Palestine, and Mexico (around the Chiapas struggle). They also lectured and held workshops in New Zealand, Chile, (then) West Germany, Scotland, and England. He and June were United Nations election monitors in El Salvador in 1994. In 1989–1990 he was honored as a Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

Read “Write What You See,” an autobiographical sketch by Walter Wink that appeared in The Fourth R in 1994.


  • Homosexuality and Christian Faith: Questions of Conscience for the Churches, 1999
  • The Powers That Be, 1998
  • When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations, 1998
  • Proclamation 5: Holy Week, Year B, 1993
  • Cracking the Gnostic Code: The Powers in Gnosticism, 1993
  • Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, 1992
  • Transforming Bible Study: A Leader’s Guide, 2nd ed., 1990
  • Violence and Nonviolence in South Africa, 1987
  • Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence, 1986
  • Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament, 1984
  • The Bible in Human Transformation: Toward a New Paradigm for Biblical Study, 1973
  • John the Baptist in the Gospel Tradition, 1968

Academic Credentials

  • A.B., Southern Methodist University
  • B.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York
  • Th.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York

Special Study

  • Oxford University, 1990
  • Guild for Psychological Studies, San Francisco, 1972

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, 1976–
  • Associate Professor, Union Theological Seminary, 1970–1976
  • Assistant Professor, Union Theological Seminary, 1967–1970
  • Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Hitchcock, Texas, 1962–1967

Professional Service

  • National Steering Committee, Clergy and Laity Concerned, 1967–1976
  • Editorial Board, Forum
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Violence and Religion
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the Guild for Psychological Studies
  • Editorial Board, Nonviolence International
  • Editorial Board, National Center for Violence Prevention
  • Board of Directors, The American Committee on Korea
  • Board of Directors, Americans for Religious Liberty
  • Board of Directors, Colloquium on Violence and Religion
  • Board of Directors, the Education Center
  • Board of Directors, The Guild for Psychological Studies

Awards and Honors

  • First place, Evangelical Press Association for the article, “The Redeeming Power of the Small,” The Other Side (July/August 1993)
  • 1992 Book of the Year awarded to Engaging the Powers by the Academy of Parish Clergy
  • 1992 Book of the Year awarded to Engaging the Powers by Pax Christi
  • 1992 Book of the Year awarded to Engaging the Powers by the Midwestern Publishers Association
  • Peace Fellow, United States Institute of Peace, 1989-1990
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