Professor Emeritus of Religion David Barrett Peabody, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Religion David Barrett Peabody, Ph.D.
As the British teacher, Anna Leonowens, says to her students in the musical, The King and I,
It's a very ancient saying,
But a true and honest thought,
That if you become a teacher,
By your pupils you'll be taught....
Teaching and learning is inherently a collaborative and reciprocal effort. A contract exists between students and teachers, which requires not only carefully prepared and executed leadership from teachers, but an equally careful amount of preparation, effort and leadership on the part of students.
This learning contract is best fulfilled in a safe, trusting, and mutually respectful environment where individual gifts and needs are kept in mind by all parties to the learning contract. In theological discourse, one might call this kind of a contract a "covenant" or a "testament" or, if it is not too grand, a "sacred trust."
Wherever this kind of learning covenant is held in trust, a great deal of teaching and learning will take place in every direction and all parties to the contract will grow.
Dr. Peabody is a native Texan who grew up in University Park and Highland Park, two independent municipalities, completely surrounded by the City of Dallas. Thus, Peabody attended University Park Elementary School and the Highland Park Junior and Senior High Schools.
As a youth, Peabody earned the rank of Eagle in the Boy Scouts and performed regularly in school and community theatre, taking leading roles in a number of productions. For instance, he played El Gallo in The Fantasticks during a two-week run in Dallas in 1968. He was cast as Andrew in All The Way Home at Theatre Three in Dallas, played Albert Peterson in Bye, Bye, Birdie as a high school senior and reprised that role for a two-week run at the Rotunda Theatre in Dallas. He was then hired for the teenage chorus of this same show during the Dallas Summer Musicals of 1965, when he worked with Roger Smith, Elaine Dunn, Raul Julia and Rose Marie.
Peabody swam competitively on the Highland Park High School Swim Team, which regularly won the Texas State High School swimming championship during his years on that team. In college, he continued swimming on the nationally ranked men's swimming team at SMU, which also regularly won the Southwest Conference swimming title during those years and placed high in the NCAA meets.
As a college freshman, Peabody was elected to the Phi Eta Sigma freshman scholastic honor society and was one of only two students interviewed at that time as a potential candidate for a Rhodes scholarship. He served the Delta Mu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity as its Rush Chairman, Pledge Trainer, Representative to the Interfraternity Council and President.
Through college and seminary, Peabody worked as a Student Pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Dallas, where, over a seven-year period, he was in charge of ministries successively with students in Junior High, Senior High and College. His duties focused on Christian Education with youth, but he also served people of all ages in pastoral care and counseling, preaching, social justice ministries and liturgical leadership.
Following graduation from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU, Peabody accepted a full-time position in youth ministry and Christian Education at the Noel Memorial United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. While in Louisiana, he was elected by his peers as the first state President of the Christian Educators Fellowship (CEF).
In 1973 he returned to the SMU Graduate Program in Religious Studies and pursued a Ph. D. in Biblical Studies. While in graduate school he served, 1976-1977, as an Associate Minister at the First United Methodist Church in Lewisville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and for several years thereafter (1976-1983) served as a Teaching Assistant at the Perkins School of Theology. During 1983-1984, he served both as an Adjunct Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, teaching his own classes at the seminary, and as the Assistant to the Director of SMU's Center for the Study of Religion in the Greco-Roman World, a post-doctoral, interdisicplinary research institute which elected fellows from a number of institutions of higher education in the North Texas region and drew scholars not only from the disciplines of Biblical studies, church history and theology, but also from related disciplines, such as art history, classics, history and philosophy. In April of 1984, he was one of 30 scholars invited to share in a two-week international symposium on the Interrelations of the Gospels in Jerusalem, Israel.
B.A., 1968, University College, Southern Methodist University, Major in Social Science (sociology, psychology, and philosophy).
M.Th., 1971, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, (with an emphasis in Biblical Studies, including Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek).
Ph.D., in Religious Studies, 1983, Graduate Program in Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University.
On an ascending scale of "Pass," "High Pass" and "Honors," the Director of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies at S. M. U. and the three members of Peabody's dissertation committee unanimously awarded "Honors," to Peabody's doctoral dissertation. Under the title, Mark as Composer, Mercer University Press of Macon, Georgia, published a slightly revised form of this dissertation in 1987.
Courses Taught at Nebraska Wesleyan University (1984-2016):
COURSES LAST TAUGHT IN THE REGULAR CURRICULUM:
Rel 1200. Introduction to the Old Testament
Rel 1210. Introduction to the New Testament
Rel 1250. Jews and Christians
Rel 1298. New Testament Greek 1
Rel 1299. New Testament Greek 2
Rel 3120. Life and Letters of Paul
Rel 3130. Life and Teachings of Jesus
Rel 4260. Christian Theology from the Enlightenment to the Mid-Twentieth Century
OTHER COURSES TAUGHT IN EARLIER CURRICULA
IDS 1010. Archways Seminar. Views of the Ancient World with Modern Technology (A WEB-based seminar for first year students that utilizes Blackboard and Digication).
20th Century Theology. Part 1
Advanced Studies in the Old Testament: Feminist and Patriarchal Interpretations in Dialogue
Biblical Hebrew 1-2
Eastern Religious Traditions
History of the Christian Church 1
Introduction to the Bible
Jewish and Christian Heritage
Literary Criticism and the Gospels
New Testament Greek 3, 4
WESLEYAN LIVE (Short Term, Real Time, Interactive, Often Team-Taught, Video Conferencing Courses):
"Modern Trends in Biblical Study," Wesleyan Live Series (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television and uniting classes in Kearney and Lincoln, Nebraska, fall 1992) Co-taught with Gretchen Naugle, ELCA Pastor.
"The Lenten Lectionary," Wesleyan Lectionary Series (A Five-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television and uniting classes in Ainsworth, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, Omaha and Scottsbluff, winter 1995) Co-taught with Scott Stanfield and Sandy McBride of the NWU English Department
"The Advent Lectionary," Wesleyan Lectionary Series (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television and uniting classes in Ainsworth, Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, North Platte and Omaha, fall 1996 and fall 2002). 2002 - Co-taught with David Lux, Senior Pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln.
"The Easter Lectionary," Wesleyan Lectionary Series (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television and uniting classes in Grand Island, Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Omaha, Nebraska, spring 1999). Co-taught with Doug Williamson, Adjunct Faculty in Religion, and Sandy McBride, Fixed Term Professor of English.
"To March Into Hell for a Heavenly Cause," Wesleyan Live Series (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television and uniting classes in Ainsworth, Lincoln, Omaha, and North Platte, spring 2007). Co-taught with Carol Windrum, Director of Peace with Justice Ministries, Nebraska Annual Conference, United Methodist Church, Lincoln and Omaha, and Charlotte Abrams, Pastor of Pearl Memorial, Trinity and Asbury United Methodist Churches in Omaha.
"What are the Sources of the Gospels and Why Should We Care." (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television, Utilizing a Live Studio Class, with Simultaneous and Non-Simultaneous WEB CAM Participation and Interactive Distance Involvement Through E-mail Communication when the Live Studio Class was in Session, Noon - 1:00 p.m. Tuesdays, 7 February – 13 March, 2012).
"Israel Among the Nations. The Biblical Story in Context." (A Six-Week Course offered through the facilities of Nebraska Educational Television, Utilizing a Live Studio Class, with Simultaneous and Non-Simultaneous WEB CAM Participation and Interactive Distance Involvement Through E-mail Communication when the Live Studio Class was in Session. Meeting for six consecutive Tuesdays, 9 October - 13 November 2012, from noon - 1:00 p. m.)
No Longer Regularly Teaching at NWU.
Teaching Courses Weekly for Laity at
First Plymouth Congregational (United Church of Christ), Lincoln, NE
and teaching and preaching, occasionally, at
First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln, NE
Books, Authored, Co-authored and Edited:
Allan J. McNicol, David B. Peabody and J. Samuel Subramanian, eds., Resourcing New Testament Studies. Literary, Historical and Theological Essays in Honor of David L. Dungan (New York and London: T & T Clark International, A Continuum Imprint, 2009) xiii + 222pp. ISBN-13: 978-0-567-02754-2.
Reviewed by M. Eugene Boring for the Review of Biblical Literature
Click on "Table of Contents" and, from there, click on Peabody's article.
David B. Peabody with Lamar Cope and Allan J. McNicol, eds., One Gospel From Two. Mark’s Use of Matthew and Luke. A Demonstration by the Research Team of the International Institute for Renewal of Gospel Studies (Harrisburg, PA: T. & T. Clark International, A Continuum Imprint, 2002) xvi + 340pp. ISBN 1-56338-352-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-56338-352-6
Reviewed for the electronic Review of Biblical Literature by Ronald L. Clark, Cascade College, Portland, Oregon and Subramanian Johnson Samuel, Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa
Allan J. McNicol with David L. Dungan and David B. Peabody, eds., Beyond the Q Impasse—Luke’s Use of Matthew. A Demonstration by the Research Team of the International Institute for Renewal of Gospel Studies (Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 1996) xvi + 333 pp. ISBN: 1-56338-184-2 ISBN-13: 978-1-56338-184-3.
Reviewed for the Society of Biblical Literature by Christopher M. Tuckett, University of Oxford
Mark as Composer. (New Gospel Studies 1, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press; Leuven: Peeters Press, 1987) xix + 216 pp. ISBN: 0-86554-197-3; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-197-9.
See comments by Stephen C. Carlson at:
An Electronic, Color-Coded Synopsis of Mark and its parallels on CD-ROM:
David Barrett Peabody and Thomas R. W. Longstaff, A Synopsis of Mark. A Synopsis of the First Three Gospels Showing the Parallels to the Markan Text. (Published by the authors, 2002).
For further information see the following URL and click on "Resources for the 2gh".
Contributions to books and journals:
David Barrett Peabody, "The Two-Gospel Hypothesis." In The Synoptic Problem. Four Views, eds., Stanley E. Porter and Bryan R. Dyer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016): 67-88. "The Two-Gospel Hypothesis Response." In the same volume, 139-150. Other contributors, in addition to the editors and Peabody, include: Mark S. Goodacre, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA (Farrer-Goulder Hypothesis and Response to Three Other Views); Craig A. Evans, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX (Two-Document Hypothesis and Response to Three Other Views); and Rainer Riesner, Technische Universität, Dortmund, GERMANY (Orality, Memory and Multi-Stage Hypothesis and Response to Three Other Views).
"A Response to Thomas Brodie's Proto-Luke as the Earliest Form of the Gospel," In John S. Kloppenborg and Joseph Verheyden, eds.,The Elijah-Elisha Narrative in the Composition of Luke, (Library of New Testament Studies 493, New York/London/New Delhi/Sydney: Bloomsbury/T.&T. Clark, October, 2013):37-60. Response to Peabody and Robert Derrenbacker from Professor Brodie on pp. 61-64. Part of Brodie's larger thesis appears on pp. 6-29. Hardback format ISBN-13: 978-0567313355; PDF e-book format forthcoming. Color-coded versions of Peabody's Greek synopses are now provided at:
"The Harvey H. Potthoff Years at Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1981-1992." In Harvey H. Potthoff. A Life in Process. ed. Richard L. Phillips (Palmer Lake, CO: Filter Press, July, 2013): 301-341. ISBN-13: 978-0-86541-151-7. See:
"Reading Mark from the Perspectives of Different Synoptic Source Hypotheses: Historical, Redactional and Theological Implications." In New Studies in the Synoptic Problem. Oxford Conference, April 2008. Essays in Honor of Christopher M. Tuckett, Andrew Gregory, Paul Foster, John S. Kloppenborg, Joseph Verheyden, eds., BETL, 239 (Leuven: Peeters, 2011). -185. ISBN-13: 978-90-429-2401-7.
This conference was reviewed shortly after the close of the meeting by Dan Batovici, University of Bucharest, who was a graduate student in St. Mary's College of St. Andrew's University, England, at the time this review was composed. His note about Peabody's paper at this conference is available on p. 252 of the following downloadable pre-publication version of his paper, subsequently published in Currents in Biblical Research 7.2 (2009): 245-272, See p. 252 at:
“Source and Text Criticism of the Past. Analogues for the Future.” In Resourcing New Testament Studies. Literary, Historical and Theological Essays in Honor of David L. Dungan (New York and London: T & T Clark International, A Continuum Imprint, 2009) 27-35. ISBN-13: 978-0-567-02754-2.
Co-authored with Allan J. McNicol and J. Samuel Subramanian, “Foreword” and “Contributors.” In Resourcing New Testament Studies. Literary, Historical and Theological Essays in Honor of David L. Dungan (New York and London: T & T Clark International, A Continuum Imprint, 2009) vii-xiii, 215-220. ISBN-13: 978-0-567-02754-2.
“Dibelius, Martin Franz (1883-1947)," “Farmer, William Reuben (1921-2000),” “Griesbach, Johann Jakob (1745-1812),” “Kähler, Karl Martin August (1835-1912),” in the Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, ed. Donald K. McKim (Westmont, IL: InterVarsity, 2007) 365-371, 432-438, 489-496, 594-601. ISBN-13: 978-0-8308-2927-9.
“Foreword,” in J. Samuel Subramanian, The Synoptic Gospels and the Psalms as Prophecy, (LNTS 351, London and New York: T. & T. Clark International, 2007) xiii-xvi. ISBN-13: 978-0-567-04531-7 Reviewed for Review of Biblical Literature by Thomas j. Kraus:
and by Edward J. Mills II, who takes note of Peabody's Foreword:
Review of Delbert Burkett, Rethinking the Gospel Sources. From Proto-Mark to Mark (New York: T. & T. Clark International, 2004) ix-288pp. ISBN 0-567-02550=0; ISBN-13: 978-0-567-02550-0
This review is electronically published and posted to the Review of Biblical Literature, a WEB publication of the Society of Biblical Literature, at the following URL. Part of a fascicle of RBL02/2005, the review is available for downloading in PDF format at:
“Farmer, William Reuben.” In Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, 2 vols. (ed. John H. Hayes, Nashville: Abingdon Press, May 1999) 1:385-86. ISBN 0-687-05531-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-687-05531-9
Reviewed for SBL by Corrine L. Patton, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
B. Reicke and D. B. Peabody, “Synoptic Problem.” In Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, 2 vols. (ed. John H. Hayes, Nashville: Abingdon Press, May 1999) 2:517-24. ISBN 0-687-05531-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-687-05531-9.
Lightly edited version republished in New Testament: History of Interpretation with Foreword by Edgar Krentz (Nashville: Abingdon, 2004): 189-99. ISBN 0-687-03686-0; ISBN-13: 978-687-03686-8.
Reviewed for SBL by Corrine L. Patton, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
“Johann Jakob Griesbach.” In Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters (ed. Donald K. McKim, Westmont, IL: InterVarsity Press, November 1998) 319-325. ISBN 0-8308-1452-3; ISBN-13: 978-0-8308-1452-7.
Reviewed for SBL by Paul B. Harvey, The Pennsylvania State University
Virgil Howard and David B. Peabody, “The Gospel According to Mark.” In The International Bible Commentary. A Catholic and Ecumenical Commentary for the Twenty-First Century. English edition (William R. Farmer, Editor; Armando Levoratti, Sean McEvenue, and David L. Dungan, Associate Editors; André LaCocque, Map Editor; Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, September 1998) 1331-1367. ISBN 0-81462-454-5; ISBN-13: 978-0-8146-2454-8.
Reviewed for SBL by Christian E. Hauer, Jr., FSA, Westminster College, Fulton, MO
Virgil Howard y David B. Peabody, “Evangelium Segun San Marco.” In Comentario internacional de la Biblia (William R. Farmer, editor; Armando Levoratti, Sean McEvenue, y David L. Dungan, editores asociados André LaCocque, editor de mapas; Estella [Navarra), Espana: Editorial Verbo Divino, February 1999) 1211-1243. ISBN: 0-8146-2561-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-8146-2561-3. (IBC Spanish Translation)
The Spanish edition is also distributed in the U. S. A. by Liturgical Press.
For more information on the Spanish edition (in Spanish), see
Virgil Howard, Bas M. F. van Iersel, David B. Peabody, “Het Evangelie naar Marcus,” In Internationaal Commentaar op de Bijbel, twee delen, (red. Erik Eynikel, Ed Noort, Tjitze Baarda, Aldelbert Denaux, Kampen: J. H. Kok; Averbode: Altiora, 2001) Vol. 2, pp. 1545-1587. ISBN-13: 978-9-0435-0002-9. (IBC, Dutch translation.)
Another English edition especially prepared for readers in India has also appeared
J. Pathrapankal and E. Eynikel, eds., International Bible Commentary. Indian edition, Bangalore: Bangalore Theological Publications in India, 2004. 1331-1367
V. Howard - D. B Peabody, "Ewangelia wedlug sw. Marka,” In Miedzynarodowy Komentarz do Pisma swietego. Komentarz katolicki i ekumeniczny na XXI wiek. red. W. R. Farmer (red. naukowa wyd. pol. W. Chrostowski) (Warzawa: Verbinum Wydawnictwo Ksiezy Werbistow, 2000) 1206-1238. ISBN-13: 978-83-7192-296-1 (IBC, Polish Translation.)
“Luke’s Sequential Use of the Sayings of Jesus from Matthew’s Great Discourses. A Chapter in the Source-Critical Analysis of Luke on the Two Gospel (Neo-Griesbach) Hypothesis.” In Literary Studies in Luke-Acts. Essays in Honor of Joseph B. Tyson (ed. Richard P. Thompson and Thomas E. Phillips, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, June 1998) 37-58. ISBN 0-86554-563-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-563-2. On line at:
Press "Content" "VII" to go to Peabody's article in this volume.
“H. J. Holtzmann and His European Colleagues: Aspects of the Nineteenth-Century European Discussion of Gospel Origins.” In Biblical Studies and the Shifting of Paradigms. 1850-1914, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 192 (ed. Henning Graf Reventlow and William Farmer, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995) 50-131. ISBN: 1-85075-532-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-85075-532-6.
Now see full text of Peabody's article in this volume at:
Collaborator with W. R. Farmer, “The Minor Agreements of Matthew and Luke Against Mark and the Two Gospel Hypothesis. A Study of These Agreements in Their Compositional Contexts.” In Minor Agreements. Symposium Göttingen 1991. Göttinger Theologische Arbeiten 50 (ed. Georg Strecker, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993) 163-207. ISBN: 3-525-87804-4; ISBN-13: 978-3-525-87804-0.
Press "Contents" "William R. Farmer" for Full Text of Farmer's Article, with Footnote 1 acknowledging Peabody's collaboration.
“Response to Multi-Stage Hypothesis.” In The Interrelations of the Gospels. A Symposium led by M. -É. Boismard - W. R. Farmer - F. Neirynck. Jerusalem 1984, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 95 (ed. David L. Dungan, Leuven: Leuven University Press/Uitgeverij Peeters, 1990) 217-30. ISBN: 90-6831-261-8; ISBN-13: 978-90-6831-261-4; (Uitgeverij Peeters) and ISBN: 90-6186-396-1; ISBN-13: 978-90-6186-396-0 (Leuven University Press).
W. R. Farmer, David L. Dungan, Allan J. McNicol, J. Bernard Orchard, David B. Peabody, “The Two-Gospel Hypothesis. The Statement of the Hypothesis.” In The Interrelations of the Gospels. A Symposium led by M. -É. Boismard - W. R. Farmer - F. Neirynck. Jerusalem 1984, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 95, (ed. David L. Dungan, Leuven: Leuven University Press/Uitgeverij Peeters, 1990) 125-156. ISBN: 90-6831-261-8; ISBN-13: 978-90-6831-261-4; (Uitgeverij Peeters) and ISBN: 90-6186-396-1; ISBN-13: 978-90-6186-396-0 (Leuven University Press).
Allan J. McNicol, W. R. Farmer, David L. Dungan, J. Bernard Orchard, David B. Peabody, “The Two-Gospel Hypothesis Textual Discussion. The Composition of the Synoptic Eschatological Discourse.” In The Interrelations of the Gospels. A Symposium led by M. -É. Boismard - W. R. Farmer - F. Neirynck. Jerusalem 1984, Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 95 (ed. David L. Dungan, Leuven: Leuven University Press/Uitgeverij Peeters, 1990) 156-200; Appendix. Synopsis. The Eschatological Discourse, 615-28. ISBN: 90-6831-261-8; ISBN-13: 978-90-6831-261-4; (Uitgeverij Peeters) and ISBN: 90-6186-396-1; ISBN-13: 978-90-6186-396-0 (Leuven University Press).
“William Reuben Farmer: A Biographical and Bibliographical Essay.” In Jesus, the Gospels, and the Church: Essays in Honor of William R. Farmer (ed. E. P. Sanders, Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1987) ix-xxx. ISBN: 0-86554-269-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-269-3.
“Chapters in the History of the Linguistic Argument for Solving the Synoptic Problem: The Nineteenth Century in Context.” In Jesus, the Gospels and the Church: Essays in Honor of William R. Farmer (ed. E. P. Sanders, Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1987) 47-68. ISBN: 0-86554-269-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-269-3.
“In Retrospect and Prospect.” Perkins School of Theology Journal 40/2 April (1987) 9-16.
“Augustine and the Augustinian Hypothesis: A Reexamination of Augustine’s Thought in De consensu evangelistarum.” In New Synoptic Studies: The Cambridge Gospel Conference and Beyond (ed. William R. Farmer, Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1983) 37-64. ISBN: 0-86554-087-X; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-087-3.
“The Late Secondary Redaction of Mark’s Gospel and the Griesbach Hypothesis: A Response to Helmut Koester.” In Colloquy on New Testament Studies: A Time for Reappraisal and Fresh Approaches (ed. Bruce C. Corley, Macon GA: Mercer University Press, 1983) 87-132. ISBN: 0-86554-082-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-86554-082-8.
For Peabody's article, click on the "Front Cover" pull down menu, then on "Response to Helmut Koster" (on page 87) at:
“A Pre-Markan Prophetic Sayings Tradition and the Synoptic Problem.” Journal of Biblical Literature 97/3 (1978) 391-409.
For the whole text of Peabody's article on line go to --- http://www.jstor.org/stable/3266167
Selected SBL Seminar Papers:
SBL Seminar on Markan Literary Sources:
17-20 November 2012, Chicago, IL.
"The Case for Mark's Conflation of Matthew and Luke in Mark 3:20-6:6a.
Abstract available @
November 2011, San Francisco, CA.
Program Book Available at:
"The Feeding Stories and the Two Gospel Hypothesis," A paper presented at the Annual National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, California, Sunday 20 November 2011, 4:00 p.m. Salon Seven, Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Abstract available at:
20-23 November 2010.
"Mark's Use of Matthew and Luke. Some Post-Oxford Considerations," A paper presented at the Annual National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Georgia, 23 November 2010. The title and abstract of this paper may be read at the following URLs. For the first, do a name search for "Peabody":
“Repeated Language in Matthew: Clues to the Order and Composition of Luke and Mark.” In Society of Biblical Literature 1991 Seminar Papers, Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers Series 30 (ed. Eugene H. Lovering, Jr., Atlanta GA: Scholars Press, 1991) 647-86. ISBN: 1-55540-624-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-55540-624-0.
William R. Farmer, David L. Dungan, Allan J. McNicol, David B. Peabody, Philip L. Shuler, “Narrative Outline of the Markan Composition According to the Two Gospel Hypothesis.” In Society of Biblical Literature 1990 Seminar Papers, Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers Series 29 (ed. David J. Lull, Atlanta GA: Scholars Press, 1990) 212-39. ISBN: 1-55540-548-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-55540-548-9.
Series Associate Editor, New Gospel Studies, published by Mercer University Press of Macon, Georgia and Peeters Press of Leuven, Belgium, 1987-date. (7 titles in 9 volumes have been published in the series to date).
Participated in a variety of editorial conferences relating to the publication of the International Bible Commentary at the University of Dallas and the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 1991-1995.
Member of the Chancel Choir (Bass), First Presbyterian Church, Lincoln
Volunteer, Clinic With A Heart, Lincoln, Serve as a Spanish-English translator between health care providers and their patients who speak little or no English and aid in the administration of the clinic.
Teach Classes in Local Churches in Lincoln:
First Plymouth Congregational (United Church of Christ) - Every Sunday, with limited exceptions, Fall-Spring, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.
First Presbyterian Church - Special Courses, Occasional Guest Preaching.
Over the years, other occasional sessions of Church School Classes or special lectures have been taught or presented at First United Methodist Church, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Westminister Presbyterian Church, Bene Jeshurun/South Street Temple (A Reform Congregation), all of Lincoln
Co-led a Study Tour, along with my wife, Jeri L. Brandt, NWU Professor of Nursing, to Greece and Italy, 18 May-1 June 2014. The group visited ancient and modern religious and healing sites in Athens, Corinth, Epidaurus, Delphi, selected monasteries on the tall rock pillars in Meteora, the tombs of Macedonian kings in Vergina and to other ancient cities related particularly to the life and ministry of the apostle Paul at Athens, Berea, Thessalonica, and Philippi in Greece. Visits to further ancient religious and healing centers in Italy, such as those in Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, and Rome, concluded the two-week tour.
Plans for a comparable tour are currently being made for late spring - early summer 2016. Anyone having an interest in such a study tour should contact either Professor Peabody (dbp [at] nebrwesleyan.edu) or Professor Brandt (jlb [at] nebrwesleyan.edu)
Membership and Selected Activities in Professional Societies:
Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), Elected Member, 1988-date.
International Meetings Attended:
2009 – Vienna, Austria – Participated in the Seminar on Shaping Traditions About Jesus
2005 – Halle, Germany – Participated in Seminar on the Gospel of Matthew and the Roman Empire
2004 – Barcelona, Spain – Participated in Seminar on the Synoptic Gospels
1998 – Copenhagen, Denmark - Chaired the Seminar on the Synoptic Problem
1996 – Strasbourg, France - Read Invited Paper in Seminar on Synoptic Problem
1995 – Prague, Czech Republic - Participated in Seminar on the Synoptic Problem
1991 – Bethel bei Bielefeld, Germany - Participated in Seminar on Pre-Markan Traditions
1990 – Milan, Italy - Participated in Seminars on Matthew and the Historical Jesus
1986 – Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Guest of the Society as a candidate for membership.
International Institute for Renewal of Gospel Studies (IIRGS)
Fellow of the Institute, 1987-date.
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, 1983-1984
Research Team Member, 1982–date.
Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), Member, 2007-date.
American Academy of Religion (AAR), Member, 1984-date.
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), Member, 1971-date.
National Program Unit Chair: “Redaction Criticism and the Two Gospel Hypothesis.” 1988-1995.
National Program Unit Co-Chair: "Marcan Literary Sources." 2010-2015.
Selected Scholarships, Fellowships, Grants, Awards and Honors:
• Recipient of the first Scholar Award at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Spring 2012. Nominated by faculty colleagues and selected by the membership of the NWU Faculty Development Committee, this award included a 1-year doubling for the recipient of the annual, non-competitive faculty development funds provided by the University.
• Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, 2010-2015.
• Ameritas Fellowship of Nebraska Wesleyan University, for travel to read an invited paper at SNTS, Strasbourg, France, 1996-1997.
• Grants from the International Institute for Renewal of Gospel Studies, for research and travel to numerous national and international professional meetings, computer hardware and software, 1982-2009.
• Grants from The International Bible Commentary, for travel to national and international editorial meetings, 1991-1995.
• Volkswagen-Stiftung, Evangelische Landeskirche von Westfalen, Ruhr-Universität, for travel, room and board associated with reading an invited paper at a conference on “Presuppositions, Paradigm Shifts and Conveyance of Opinion to the Public in Biblical Studies 1850-1914, Ruhr-Universität, Bochum, Germany, 1992.
• Universitätsbund Göttingen, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Konföderation der Niedersächsischen Kirchen, for travel, room and board associated with reading an invited response to Frans Neirynck at a conference on the “Minor Agreements,” Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 1991.
• Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, for teaching excellence, 1990-1991.
• E. C. Ames Fellowship of Nebraska Wesleyan University, for research, travel and attendance at professional meetings in Italy (SNTS), Switzerland (IIRGS) and France, 1990-1991.
• Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Honor Society, 1988-date.
• Patrick Henry, Jr., Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship of the International Institute for Renewal of Gospel Studies, 1983-1984.
• Phi Eta Sigma Scholastic Honor Society, Elected at S. M. U., spring 1965.