Westar Institute

Institutional Affiliation
Charter Member

Joseph B. Tyson

Institutional Affiliation

Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas


• B.A., Duke University • B D., Duke Divinity School • S T M., Union Theological Seminary, New York • Ph D., Union Theological Seminary, New York


Joseph B. Tyson is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, where he taught from 1958-1998. The author and editor of a number of books on Luke-Acts, he was a member of Westar Institute’s Acts Seminar and served as chair of the Group on Acts in the Society of Biblical Literature for several years.

• Southern Methodist University Scholar/Teacher of the Year, 1996-1997• John G. Gammie Senior Lectureship Award, 1993-1994. The award is given annually by the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies and obligates the recipient to present lectures at participating institutions in the U. S. Southwest.

Academic Appointments

• Professor of Religious Studies, 1975-1998• Associate Professor of Religious Studies, 1965-1974• Assistant Professor of Religion, 1960-1965• Instructor of Religion, SMU, 1958-1960

Professional Service

• Chair, Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations, 2002-2005• President, Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, 2003-2004• Program Unit Chairperson, Group on Acts, Society of Biblical Literature, 1986-1990• President, Southwest Region, American Academy of Religion, 1968-1969• Chair ad interim, Fall, 1996• Chair, Department of Religious Studies, 1965-1975; 1986-1993