DrKoine Love the text, and she will love you back.


Hi! I am Dr. Gerald L. Stevens, retired Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. I was able to celebrate my thirty-year anniversary, but missed making my thirty-five year anniversary by only one year, unfortunately. Not long after I began teaching, my students nicknamed me “Dr. Koine” for my first love, which was teaching New Testament Greek, hence my website name.
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Teaching Motto

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I lived by the motto I tried to drill into my students, “Love the text, and she will love you back.” By this my students knew I meant that a close and continual reading of the biblical text itself, most particularly in the original language, always will reveal more than any exegetical commentary. With a commitment to sound hermeneutical principles, a solid grasp of historical context, and a deep and abiding love for the original text, I challenged my students to find their own voice, as I did (as is so obvious in my own commentaries), so that their preaching and teaching would have the inherent authority of the living Word.

Amazing Tidbit

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One amazing tidbit about the classroom I have to share—because I think this fact is unmatched by any SBC seminary faculty at any time—is that I never missed a scheduled lecture in thirty-four years of teaching for any reason. Further, every book I ever published (see Publications) was a textbook for the classroom, and each was dedicated to “my students, past, present, and future.” My academic awards, grants, travels, pictures, movies, publications, and technology expertise always had a laser focus on teaching. Much of this research is available through this website (see Educational).


In my last semester to teach, my former students and colleagues offered a symposium in my honor featuring academic paper presentations that, along with other essays, will contribute to a festschrift publication in my honor to be published next year. The symposium was conceived, planned, and produced by my former student and good friend, Dr. Ben Skipper, pastor of Carterville Baptist Church, Petal, MS.
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Festschrift Publication

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The festschrift in my honor has been published by Wipf and Stock. Twelve essays by former students and colleagues cover the three main emphases of my teaching career in the book of Acts, Pauline studies, and apocalyptic literature, particularly the book of Revelation. My wife, Jean, wrote the “Introduction” highlighting in an autobiographical way her view of my career “from the sidelines,” and I contributed a “Conclusion” offering four premier principles that I hoped to inculcate into my students through mentoring and relationships. For the link to the Wipf and Stock listing, click the book image or here.

Paul’s Story of Israel: Romans 9–11

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I was privileged to lead the Winter Expository Bible Conference for Coronado Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village, AR. My topic was “Paul’s Story of Israel: An Exposition of Romans 9–11.” The sessions were developed from my commentary on Romans. I challenge believers to read closely what Paul actually said in this famous climax to all of the discussion of Romans to this point in Paul’s letter. The session links on the left in the presentation outline below are to the recorded videos. The topic links on the right in the outline are to the presentation handouts for each session.
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Overview, education, family, music, photography, and Katrina.
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Writing, classes, travel, video
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Jean, ministry, publications, presentations, and sermons.

Social Media

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