Brian Tabb, Ph.D.



Academic Dean & Professor of Biblical Studies

Brian Tabb has been a full-time faculty member since 2009. Brian oversees academic programs at Bethlehem College & Seminary and teaches courses in hermeneutics, biblical languages, exegesis, and research. His research interests include suffering, the use of the OT in the NT, Acts, and Revelation. He also serves as general editor for Themelios, published by The Gospel Coalition.

Brian is married to Kristin, has four children, and serves as an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church’s downtown campus. He enjoys reading good books, playing baseball and sledding with his kids, and cheering for the Minnesota Twins.


Academic Credentials

  • B.A., Wheaton College (Psychology, minor in Bible/Theology)
  • M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School (Biblical Exegesis)
  • M.A., Bethlehem College & Seminary (Biblical and Pastoral Studies)
  • M.Th., Luther Theological Seminary (New Testament)
  • Ph.D., London School of Theology (New Testament)




All Things New: Revelation as Canonical Capstone. New Studies in Biblical Theology 48. London: Apollos, 2019.

Suffering in Ancient Worldview: Luke, Seneca, and 4 Maccabees in Dialogue. Library of New Testament Studies 569. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.

1–2 Timothy and Titus: A 12-Week Study. Knowing the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017. What Jesus Demands from the World: A Study Guide. Nashville: Lifeway, 2015.

What Jesus Demands from the World: A Study Guide, with John Piper. Nashville: Lifeway, 2015.

Praying with Paul: A Study Guide for A Call to Spiritual Reformation, with D.A. Carson. Nashville: Lifeway, 2014.


Articles and Chapters

“Editorial: Theological Reflections on the Pandemic.” Themelios 45.1 (2020): 1–7. Online

“Editorial: Themelios Then and Now: The Journal’s Name, History, and Contribution.” Themelios 44.1 (2019): 1–5. Online.

“We Have Something of Heaven: A Theology of Joy in Revelation.” Desiring God. March 5 2019. Online.

“The Nature of True Worship: Reading Acts 17 with Seneca, Epistle 95.” in Paul and the Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition. Edited by Joseph Dodson and Andrew W. Pitts. LNTS. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.

“Paul and Seneca on Suffering.” Pages 88–108 in Paul and Seneca in Dialogue. Edited by David E. Briones and Joseph Dodson. Ancient Philosophical Commentary on the Pauline Writings. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

“Is the Lukan Jesus a Martyr? A Critical Assessment of a Scholarly Consensus.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 77 (2015): 280–301.

“Salvation, Spreading, and Suffering: God’s Unfolding Plan in Luke-Acts.” Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society 58.1 (2015): 43–61. Online.

“Jesus’s Thirst at the Cross: Irony and Intertextuality in John 19:28.” Evangelical Quarterly 85 (2013): 338–351.

“Johannine Fulfillment: Continuity and Escalation,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 495–505.

“Revelation.” in The NIV Zondervan Study Bible, Edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2015.          

Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, ed. Tremper Longman III (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013).


  • “Well Supplied for Difficult Days.”  2 Timothy 3:10-17. Bethlehem Baptist Church. October 2019.
  • “Approved by God.” 2 Timothy 2:14-26. Bethlehem Baptist Church. August 2019.
  • “The Word at Work.” 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10. Bethlehem Baptist Church. August 2018.
  • “Revere the Risen King.” Revelations 1:9-20. Bethlehem Baptist Church. August 2017.
  • “The Whole Gospel for Our Whole Lives.” Acts 20:17-35. Bethlehem Baptist Church. April 2016.
  • “The King on Trial.” Mark 15. Redeemer Bible Church. July 2015.