Phillip J. Long is the chair of Biblical Studies at Grace Christian University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has taught since 1998. He has served as the chair of the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society, 2013-2014.  His first book, Jesus the Bridegroom, was published by Wipf & Stock in 2012. He has edited Journal of Grace Theology since 2014.

He regularly contributes to Reading Acts (readingacts.com), a blog dedicated to New Testament studies.


Ph.D. in New Testament Studies, Andrews University (2012)
M.A. (Old Testament), Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University (1998)
M.A. (Biblical Exposition), Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University (1995)
Th.B., Pastoral Studies, Grace Bible College (1987)

Other Publications

Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-62032-957-3

Galatians: Freedom through God’s Grace. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2019. ISBN: 1532671202


“The Pastor’s Guide to Resources Materials on the New Testament,” Ministry: International Journal for Pastors, May (2006): 22-5. With John McVay.

“Jesus, the Bridegroom.” Journal of Grace Theology 1.1 (2014): 37-51.

“A Brief Introduction to the New Perspective on Paul,” Journal of Grace Theology 2.1 (2015): 3-18.

“Hidden but now Revealed: A Review Article,” Journal of Grace Theology 2.2 (2015): 71-80.

“Jesus and Social Justice: Matthew 5:1-12,” Journal of Grace Theology 6.1 (2019): 29-47.

Conference Papers:

Midwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2007, “John the Baptist and Messianic Expectations in the Second Temple Period.”

SDATS 2008, “Messianic Banquet in Second Temple Literature.”

Midwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2009, “Messianic Banquet in Second Temple Literature.”

Evangelical Theological Society, 2012, “Who are the ‘Many from the East and West’ in Matthew 8:11?”

Grace Gospel Fellowship Leadership Conference March 2012, “Archaeology and the Bible”

Midwest Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2013, “Jesus, the Bridegroom.”

Grace Gospel Fellowship Leadership Conference March 2014, “Who are the ‘Many from the East and West’? (Matthew 8:11).”

Evangelical Theological Society, 2014, “Eschatological Banquet in Luke.”

Evangelical Theological Society, 2015, “Knocking on Rhoda’s Door: Acts 12:1-24 and the Unity of Luke-Acts.”

SBL Midwest Regional 2019, “The Potter and the Clay: The Function of Paul’s Allusions in Romans 9:19-21.”

Book Reviews:

Johannine Discipleship as a Covenant Relationship. R. M. Chennattu.  AUSS 44 (2006): 361-2.

Genesis 11:27-50:26.  Kenneth A. Mathews.  JETS 49 (2006): 143-5. 

Introducing the Apocrypha. David deSilva. Trinity Journal 27 (2006): 172-4.

The Way of Salvation: the Role of Christian Obedience in Justification. Paul Rainbow. Trinity Journal 27 (2006): 340-1. 

Judgment & Justification in Early Judaism and the Apostle Paul. Christopher VanLandingham,  AUSS 45 (2007): 283-6.

Jesus People: The Historical Jesus and the Beginnings of Community. David R. Catchpole. JETS 50 (2007):615-7. 

Job. Smith and Helwys Commentary Series. Samuel E. Ballentine. JETS 51 (2008): 390-2.

The Wisdom Background and Parabolic Implications of Isaiah 6:9-10 in the Synoptics. D. E. Hartley. TC 13 (2008).  http://purl.org/TC




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The Use of Zechariah in Revelation. M. Jauhiainen. AUSS 46 (2008): 135-7.

Messianism within the Scriptural Scroll of Isaiah. Randall Heskett. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 8 (2008).  http://www.purl.org/jhs 

The Nature and Demands of the Sovereign Rule of God in the Gospel of Matthew. Margaret Hannan. Themelios 33:1 (2008):81-2.

Genesis 11:27-50:26. Kenneth A. Mathews.  JETS 52 (2009): 134-6. 

Daniel. Sharon Pace. Smith and Helwys Commentary Series. JETS 50 (2010): 171-3.

Isaiah 40–55. R. Reed Lessing. Concordia Commentary. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 1.2 (2012): 256-8. 

Reading the Gospels Wisely. Jonathan Pennington. Themelios 38.1 (2013): 113-5.

Pentateuchal Traditions in the Late Second Temple Period. Moriya and Hata, ed. JSJ Sup 158. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 2.1 (2013): 131-4. 

Jerusalem and the Nations: Studies in the Book of Isaiah. Ronald E. Clements. Hebrew Bible Monographs 16. Sheffield: Phoenix Press, 2011. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 3.1 (2014): 109-112.

Psalms 1–2: Gateway to the Psalter. Robert L. Cole. Hebrew Bible Monographs 37. Sheffield: Phoenix, 2013. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 3.1 (2014): 112-114. 

But These Are Written . . .: Essays on Johannine Literature in Honor of Professor Benny C. Aker. Keener, Craig S., Jeremy S. Crenshaw and Jordan Daniel May, editors. Eugene, Ore: Wipf & Stock, 2014. Review of Biblical Literature 2015. Link

The Followers of Jesus as the ‘Servant’: Luke’s Model from Isaiah for the Disciples in Luke-Acts. Holly Beers. LNTS 535. London: T&T Clark, 2015. Review of Biblical Literature 2017. Link

Reading Acts in the Discourses of Masculinity and Politics. Eric Barreto, Matthew L. Skinner, Steve Walton, eds.  LNTS 559.  London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. Themelios 43 (2018): 109-110.

Suffering in Ancient Worldview: Luke, Seneca and 4 Maccabees in Dialogue. Brian J. Tabb, LNTS 569; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017. JETS 61 (2018): 389-92.



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