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Dr. Randy Richards is our Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Learn more about him by reading his biography and achievements below.

Provost E. Randolph Richards

Dr. Randy Richards is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has been teaching since 1986, originally at a state university and then abroad at an Indonesian seminary.  Upon returning to the States, Dr. Richards served at two Christian universities before joining Palm Beach Atlantic University as the dean of the School of Ministry in 2006. In addition to mentoring students in advanced Greek and Greek manuscript studies, he loves training students for ministry, both domestically and internationally.  His wife Stacia has joyfully accompanied him from jungles of Indonesia to rice fields in Arkansas to beautiful South Florida.  They have two fine sons: Josh (Ph.D. 2012, University of St. Andrews, Scotland), a university professor in English, and Jacob (Ph.D. 2014, College of Medicine, University of Florida), a pharmaceuticals regulator. 

Dr. Richards has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books and dozens of scholarly articles. He is currently writing a book on cultural values in the biblical world, another book an introduction to the New Testament, and is beginning a major 2-volume commentary on the Gospel of John in the Word Biblical Commentary series. Recently, he completed a major new edition of Rediscovering Paul (2017), a popular college and seminary textbook on the Apostle Paul; A Little Book for New Bible Scholars (2017), an introduction to Biblical studies; and Paul Behaving Badly (2016), a popular book on the beloved apostle. Other recent books include Rediscovering Jesus (2015), Reading Scripture Deeply (2015), and Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes (2012).

Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and teacher, and has presented in places as diverse as Istanbul, Turkey; Kijabe, Kenya; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, United Kingdom; Beirut, Lebanon and Kathmandu, Nepal. 

See below for more about Dr. Richard's career:


Contact Us

 
The Office of the Provost is located on the second floor of Sachs Hall. The office is staffed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. The office staff may be reached by phone at (561) 803-2051.

 

Debbie Konynenbelt
Administrative Assistant to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer
(561) 803-2058
debbie_konynenbelt@pba.edu


More from Dr. Randy Richards

Education

Ph.D., 1988  Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Major: New Testament Studies

Minor: Biblical Theology, Archaeology

M.Div., 1983 Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.S., 1980    Counseling Psychology, Texas Wesleyan College

Professional Experience

2017-    Provost, Chief Academic Officer and Professor of Biblical Studies

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

2006-2017    Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies, School of Ministry  

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

2011-2017    Director, Rinker Center for Experiential Learning

Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, Florida

2003-2006    Chair, Department of Christian Missions

Pruet School of Christian Studies

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

2003-2006    Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Missions

Pruet School of Christian Studies

Ouachita Baptist University

1999-2002    Assoc. Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology

Pruet School of Christian Studies

Ouachita Baptist University

1998-1999    Chair, Department of Religion and Philosophy, and Assoc. Professor of Religion

Williams Baptist College

College City, Arkansas.

1996-1998    Asst. Professor of Religion.

Williams Baptist College                                                                

1993-1996    Assoc. Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Indonesia Graduate School of Theology, Manado, Indonesia.

1993             Missionary Guest Professor of New Testament.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas.

1992-1994    Guest Professor of New Testament.

Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary, Indonesia.

1989-1992    Assoc. Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology.

Indonesia Theological College, Manado, Indonesia.

1986-1988    Instructor in Religious Studies.

Tarrant County Community College, NW, Texas.

1985-1986    Instructor in Latin.

School for Science and Engineering Professions, Texas.

1984-1985    Teaching Fellow in New Testament Greek.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas.

Major Publications

John, Word Biblical Commentary series, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2022).

Rediscovering the New Testament with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2020).

What Went Without Being Said: Cultural Values in the Biblical World [tentative title] with Richard James (Downers Grove, InterVarsity Press, 2019).

Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, rev. ed., with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017).

A Little Book for New Biblical Scholars, with Joseph Dodson (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2017).

Paul Behaving Badly, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016).

Rediscovering Jesus, with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2015).

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes, with Brandon O’Brien (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2012).

Rediscovering Paul: His World, Letters and Theology, with David Capes and Rodney Reeves (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2007).

Paul and First Century Letter Writing. (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

"In Exile but on the Brink of Restoration: The Story of Israel in the General Epistles." In The Story of Israel: a Biblical Theology, ed. Marvin Pate, pp. 232-254 (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

“Signs of the Restoration.” In The Story of Israel: a Biblical Theology, ed. Marvin Pate, pp. 153-176 (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004).

The Secretary in the Letters of Paul, in the Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament Series, no. 2/42, ed. Martin Hengel (Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 1991).

Refereed Publications

“When is a Letter not a Letter? Paul, Cicero and Seneca as Letter Writers,” in Rediscovering Paul among the Philosophers, eds. J. Dodson and D. Briones (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2019).

“The Shaming of Jesus in John,” in Honor, Shame, and the Gospel, eds. Jackson Wu, Jayson Georges, and Chris Flanders (Pasadena: William Carey Publishing, 2019).

“Was Matthew a Plagiarist? Plagiarism in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” in Christian Origins and the Establishment of the Early Jesus Movement, eds. Stanley Porter and Andrew W. Pitts. TENTS 12; Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context 4. Leiden: Brill, 2018. Pp. 108-33.

“Some Observations on Paul and Seneca as Letter Writers,” in Paul and Seneca in Dialogue, eds. David Briones and Joey Dodson. New Testament and Ancient Philosophy Series. Leiden: Brill, 2017. Pp. 49-72.

Reading Scripture Deeply, with Richard Hess (eds.), Proceedings from the Young Scholars Summit (Tyndale House, Cambridge, 2013). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Publishing, 2015.

“Reading, Writing, and the Production and Transmission of Manuscripts” in The Background of the New Testament: An Examination of the Context of Early Christianity, eds. Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. Pp. 300-17.

“Pauline Prescripts and Greco-Roman Epistolary Convention” in Christian Origins and Greco-Roman Culture: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament, eds. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts. Early Christianity in its Hellenistic Context 1. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Pp. 497-514.

 “Will the Real Author Please Stand Up? The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing” in Come Let Us Reason: New Essays in Christian Apologetics, eds. Paul Copan and William Craig. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2012. Pp. 113-36.

“(Mis)Reading Paul’s Letters through Western Eyes” in Paul as Missionary: His Identity, Activity, Theology and Practice, ed. Trevor Burke, LNTS (formerly JSNTS) 420. T & T Clark, 2011. Pp. 247-63.

“An Honor/Shame Argument for Two Temple Clearings,” Trinity Journal 29, ns (2008): 19-43.

"Letters and Letter Writing," The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, 4 vols., ed., K. D. Sakenfeld. Nashville: Abingdon, 2008. Pp. 3:638-41. 

"Silvanus was not Peter's Secretary: Theological Bias in Reading 1Pet. 5:12," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43/3 (2000): 417-32.

“Ministering in a Tough Place: Paul’s Pattern in Thessalonica,” Southwestern Journal of Theology (Fall 1999): 17-38.

“The Codex and the Early Collection of Paul’s Letters,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 8 (1998): 151-66.

Refereed Presentations

“Paul the Broker,” presented to the Patronage Symposium, Beirut, Lebanon, October 2018.

“Honor/Shame and the Gospel of John,” presented to the Honor, Shame and the Gospels Conference, Wheaton, June 2017.

“Honor/Shame, Plagiarism and Publishing the Gospels Anonymously,” HBU Theology Conference, presented to the HBU Theology Conference Annual Meeting, Houston, March 2017.

“Slave Children in Greco-Roman Antiquity and the Colossian Household Code,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 2015.

 “Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in Greco-Roman Antiquity,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2014.

“Ancient Authorship Models and the Pastoral Epistles,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2013.

“The Author in Greco-Roman Letter Writing,” presented to the New Testament Graduate Seminar, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, June 2011.

“Western Influences on the Reading of Paul,” presented to the New Testament Post-Graduate Seminar of the International Christian College, University of Aberdeen, October 2010.

 “Dewesternizing Paul,” presented to the International Reference Library for Biblical Research Annual Meeting in Fort Worth, March 2010

“(Mis)Reading Paul through Western Eyes,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 2009.

"A Defense of Two Temple Cleansings," presented to the International Reference Library of Biblical Research, Ft. Worth, TX, March 2007.

 “1 Peter's Reuse of Jeremiah's Letter to the Exiles,” presented to the SBL Consultation on Methodological Reassessments of the Letters of James, Peter, and Jude, at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Washington, D.C., November 2006.

"Another Brick in the Argument for Two Temple Cleansings," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"A Comparison of Acehnese (Islamic) and Dani (Christian) Death Rituals in Search of an Underlying Indigenous Indonesian View of the Soul," presented to the Indigenous Traditions group of the American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"Death Rituals in Tsunami-Devastated North Sumatra: a Study of Islamic Acehnese Funeral Beliefs," presented to the Death, Dying and Beyond Consultation of the American Academy of Religion in Philadelphia, November 2005.

"Not Posthumous and Not Collected: A Defense of a Complete Pauline Corpus before A.D. 66," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Nashville, November 2003.

"A Defense of Non-Pauline Interpolations in the Pauline Letters," presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Toronto, November 2002.

“Paul, the Writer, as Told in Our Own Image,” presented to the Evangelical Theological Society in Colorado Springs, November 2001.

“Teaching Theology Across Racially Tense Lines: Fractured Theological Education in Myanmar,” presented to the American Academy of Religion, Southwest region, March 2000.

“Theological Bias in Interpreting dia Silouanou egraya in 1Pet. 5:12?”, presented to the Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, March 1999 and to the Evangelical Theological Society in Boston, November 1999.

“The Wind (Spirit) Blows (Speaks) Where It (He) Wills (Jn 3:8),” presented to the Evangelical Missiological Society, Southwest Region, March 1998.

“Shamanism in a Post-Death Ritual among Some Christian Dani Tribesmen in Irian Jaya?” presented to the American Academy of Religion, Southwest Region, March 1998.

“The Codex and the Early Collection of Paul’s Letters,” presented at the Society of Biblical Literature, Southwest Region, March 1997.

Presentations and Publications by Invitation

“Reading the Jesus Story,” ACSI International School Leaders Conference, Slovenia, April 2018.

“Paul as Letter Writer,” Bible Study Magazine (March 2018).

“Literacy in New Testament and Greco-Roman Antiquity,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 15: Laodiceans-Lystra, eds. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017).

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Background Commentary, eds. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017): “Ancient Letter Writing,” “Shipping Practices in the First Century,” “Banquets and Meals,” and “Money in the NT World.”

“Honor in the Life of Jesus,” Middle East Bible Conference, Instanbul, Turkey, June 2016.

Book Jacket Endorsement of G. Stevens, Acts: A New Vision for the People of God (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016).

Book Jacket Endorsement of M. Strauss, Jesus Behaving Badly (InterVarsity, 2015).

“Scrolls, Books and Seals,” The Biblical Illustrator (Summer 2015): 90-92.

“World View,” International Christian Educators Conference, Kenya, Africa, April 2014.

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Tremper Longman. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013: “Amanuensis,” “Codex,” “John the Baptist,” “Letter Form and Function,” “Library,” Life, Book of,” “Manuscript,” “Secretary,” “Sosthenes,” “Thanksgiving,” “Transportation and Travel,” and “Writing Implements and Materials.” 

Review of Bruce W. Longenecker. Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty, and the Greco-Roman World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 2012): 430-33.

“Flattery, Favors and Obligations: Patrons and Clients in Greco-Roman Culture,” The Biblical Illustrator (Spring 2011): 26-29.

Articles in The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, eds. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2011: “Jerusalem Collection,” “Paul, the Letter Writer,” and “Roman Names.”

Review of George H. Van Kooten, Paul’s Anthropology in Context, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2. Reihe, 232  (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 20/2 (2010): 191-92.

Review of Michael Bird, Introducing Paul (Downers Grove: IVP, 2008) in The Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society 53 (2010): 405-07. 

Book Jacket Endorsement of David Alan Black, The Jesus Paradigm (Energion Press, 2009).

Review of Tor Vegge, Paulus und das Antike Schulwesen: Schule und Bildung des Paulus, GZNW 134 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 19 (2009): 617-19.

Book Jacket Endorsement of Schnabel, Paul the Missionary (InterVarsity, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Duvall, Experiencing God’s Story of Life and Hope (Kregel, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Helyer, The Witnesses of Jesus, Paul and John (InterVarsity, 2008).

Book Jacket Endorsement of Wilder, Charles and Easley, Faithful to the End (Broadman and Holman Academic, 2007).

 “Roman Ships and Fleets,” The Biblical Illustrator (December 2008): 39-42. 

Review of David R. Nienhuis, Not by Paul Alone: the Formation of the Catholic Epistle Collection and the Christian Canon (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 19.1 (2009): 140-142.

Review of Juan Hernández Jr., Scribal Habits and Theological Influences in the Apocalypse: the Singular Readings of Sinaiticus, Alexandrinus, and Ephraemi. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2. Reihe, 218. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 18.2 (2008): 345-46. 

Review with Karelynne Ayayo of Jerry Camery-Hoggatt, Reading the Good Book Well: A Guide to Biblical Interpretation (Nashville: Abingdon, 2007) in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 105-106. 

Review with Vic Copan of Gäckle, Volker. Die Starken und die Schwachen in Korinth und in Rom. Zu Herkunft und Funktion der Antithese in 1 Kor 8,1*11,1 und in Röm 14,1*15,13. WUNT 2/200 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research 18 (2008): 158-60. 

Review of Hans-Josef Klauck and Daniel Bailey, Ancient Letters and the New Testament: a Guide to Context and Exegesis (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2007) in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 611-13.

Review of Ego, Beate, and Helmut Merkel, eds. Religiöses Lernen in der biblischen, frühjüdischen und frühchristlichen Überlieferung. WUNT 180 (Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2005) in The Bulletin for Biblical Research (2007).

"Paul, the Letter Writer," Biblical Illustrator (Summer 2006).

Review of Terry L. Wilder, Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception: an Inquiry into Intention and Reception (Lanham: University Press of America, 2004), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2005): 662-63.

Review of L. Timothy Johnson, The First and Second Letters to Timothy, Anchor Bible Dictionary (New York: Doubleday, 2001), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2003).

Review of Bruce Winter, After Paul Left Corinth: the Influence of Secular Ethics and Social Change (Eerdmans, 2001), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2002).

Review of C. Marvin Pate, The Reverse of the Curse, WUNT 2000, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2002).

“The Greek Gymnasium and 1 Tim. 4:8," Biblical Illustrator (2001).

“Rebuilding Corinth,” Biblical Illustrator (Spring 2000): 70-73.

“Teaching 1-2 Thessalonians,” presented to the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southwest Region, March 1999.

“Stop Lying,” Biblical Illustrator (Spring 1999): 77-80.

“Peter, Babylon and Rome,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1998): 12-15.

“Disciplin Gereja,” [Church Discipline], presented to the Seminari Teologi Baptis Indonesia, 1995.

“Patience in Pauline Theology,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1995): 69-72.

“‘Judgment Seat’ in the Theology of Paul,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1994): 35-37.

“Konsep Perjanjian Baru tentang Pelayanan Diakon-Diakonis,” [The New Testament Concept of the Ministry of Deacons], presented to the Rapat Gembala Sidang, 1994.

“Fungsi Pelayanan Kunjungan dalam Pelayanan Gembala Sidang,” [The Function of a Visitation Ministry in Pastoral Care], presented to the Perseketuan Tahunan Pekerja Tetap, KGBI, 1992.

“Membongkar Kebarat-baratan Pengharapan Kebangkitan Paulus,” [Dewesternizing the Resurrection Hope in Paul], presented to the Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Indonesia, 1991.

“Building Stones: Ashlar Masonry in the Second Temple Period,” Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1990): 26-30.

Most Recent Honors and Awards

2017-    Editorial Advisor, Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education (Lexham Press).

2016-    Mentor, Scholars Initiative, Museum of the Bible, Ancient Manuscripts Project (Oxford University).

2016-    President, Ellis Foundation for Biblical Research.

2015-    Chairman, Greco-Roman Backgrounds Consultation, Evangelical Theological Society.

2013     Senior Scholar, Young Scholars Summit, Tyndale House, June.

2012-2016    Chairman of the Board, International Reference Library for Biblical Research.

2006-    Invited Fellow, Tyndale House, University of Cambridge.

2003     Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leader-of-the-Year, Theta Alpha Kappa (National Honor Society for Religious Studies).

1999     Excellence in Teaching, Williams Baptist College.