A.B. University of Michigan

M.Div. Western Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary


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James V. Brownson

James and Jean Cook Professor of New Testament

What is the gospel, and how does it address and transform our lives? This is the question that has shaped Jim Brownson’s academic and theological work. Jim’s teaching and thinking tends to move between close and careful readings of the biblical text and wide-ranging exercises in theological imagination that bring the biblical text into conversation with life in the modern and postmodern world.

His passion has been to equip students to understand the gospel both in its stunning simplicity and in its incredibly diverse applications to our lives. His scholarly and teaching interests include the Gospel of John, the Synoptic Gospels, biblical hermeneutics, contextual theology, and theology in service to the church. Dr. Brownson served Western eight years as Academic Dean and contributed significantly to revisions in Western’s M.Div. curriculum, as well as the launch of the distance learning program in 2003. After 32 years at Western, Dr. Brownson retired in August of 2021.

He is deeply involved in service to the Reformed Church in America, both in theological scholarship and in theological education. He is a long-standing member of the Gospel and Our Culture Network and a contributor to its ongoing research and publication. He often contributes to a variety of journals and magazines as well.

“I try to teach the New Testament in a way that helps students understand the gospel more deeply. That means understanding both the central message of Christian faith and the different ways in which that faith was lived out in the New Testament church. Understanding the unity and diversity of the New Testament is critical to understanding how Christians are to minister today.”