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The Rev. John Yueh-Han Yieh, Ph.D.

The Rev. John Yieh, the Molly Laird Downs Professor in New Testament. Before joining Virginia Theological Seminary in 1995, he taught at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine and Andover Newton Theological School in Boston for six years.
Prof. Yieh earned a B.A. degree in Foreign Languages and Literature from Tunghai University, a M.A. in English Literature from Fu-Jen Catholic University, and a M.Div. from Taiwan Theological Seminary. He also earned a M.A., a M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies specializing in New Testament from Yale University. 

Prof. Yieh’s research focuses on the Gospel of Matthew and the Johannine Literature with sociological and history-of-effects approaches. He has also written extensively on the history and hermeneutics of Chinese biblical interpretation. In 1989-1990, he received the prestigious George A. Barton Fellowship to investigate the Dead Sea Scrolls at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and participate in the excavation of Sepphoris near Nazareth in Galilee. In 2007-2008, he won a Lily Theological Scholars Grant for his book project “Lives of the Bible in Modern China.” In 2009 he was awarded the Suzanne Thomas Faculty Research Award. He has served as Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (2004) and Princeton Theological Seminary (2012), Visiting Professor at Chung Chi College Divinity School of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008, 2012, 2016) and Exchange Professor at the Institute of Sino-Christian Studies in Hong Kong (2012). 

Prof. Yieh is an active member of AAR (American Academy of Religion), SBL (Society of Biblical Literature), ECBC (Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium), AABS (Anglican Association of Biblical Studies), and SABS (Society of Asian Biblical Studies). He has served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (2002-03) and President of the Ethnic Chinese Biblical Colloquium (2009-13). He is Consultant and New Testament Editor of the Chinese Union Study Bible series (a joint project of the Bible Society in Taiwan and American Bible Society). He enjoys his teaching ministry at VTS and has lectured at universities and seminaries in the US, UK, Israel, Tanzania, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China. An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament (aka: Teaching Elder) in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he has served on the Committee for the Preparation for Ministry of the National Capital Presbytery and as Moderator of the Chesterbrook Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA. Fluent in English, Taiwanese and Chinese, he is a frequent preacher and speaker for church services, adult forums, Bible retreats, clergy training and church conferences nationwide and in Asia.
Select Publications: Prof. Yieh compiled A Concise Greek-Chinese Dictionary of the New Testament (Singapore: UBS, 1989) and was a member of the International Q Project that produced the Critical Edition of Q (Minneapolis: Fortress,2000). He translated two textbooks for NT studies into Chinese:Interpreting the New Testament Today by R. C. Briggs (1982) and The Central Message of the New Testament by Joachim Jeremias (1982), and has authored five books in English: One Teacher: Jesus’ Teaching Role in Matthew’s Gospel Report (Berlin, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, 2004), Making Sense of the Sermon on the Mount (Cambridge, UK: Grove, 2007), 1-2-3 John (Johannine Epistles) in Bible Briefs (E-book by VTS and Forward Movement, 2010),Revelation (Immersion Bible Studies) (with Henry Brainton; Nashville: Abingdon, 2011), and Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Matthew (New York: Morehouse, 2012). He has also contributed more than a dozen articles to New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon), Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Gruyter), Handbook of Christianity in China (Brill), and Oxford Bibliographies Online for Biblical Studies (Oxford), and published several essays on Chinese biblical interpretation in edited books and scholarly journals. While continuing to write his Lives of the Bible in Modern China, he is contracted to write a Commentary on the Johannine Epistles for the Illuminations Bible Commentary series to be published by Eerdmans and a Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew [in Chinese] for the Twenty-First Century Application Bible Commentary series to be published by Chinese Christian Literature Council in Hong Kong.
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