Tom E. Phillips

Dean of Library and Information Services; Professor of Theological Bibliography and New Testament Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.L.S., Drexel University; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; M.A./B.A., Olivet Nazarene University

Before entering the field of librarianship, Dr. Phillips served as Professor of Greek and Early Christian Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University. His scholarly research have focused on Luke-Acts in the New Testament. In addition to his teaching and publication work, he chaired the section on Acts at the Society of Biblical for 9 years and recently served as the lead translator for the Gospel of Luke in the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2010).

Dr. Phillips is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, the American Theological Library Association, and the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Dr. Phillips has taught Biblical studies at 6 colleges, universities and seminaries in addition to his work as director of the library and learning commons at Arapahoe Community College and Claremont School of Theology. He also regularly leads academic trips to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, Greece and Turkey for the Society for Biblical Studies. Dr. Phillips is the section editor for book reviews related to the Gospel of Luke in Religious Studies Review.


Ph.D. – Southern Methodist University
M.L.S. – Drexel University
M. Div. – Nazarene Theological Seminary
M.A. – Olivet Nazarene University
B.A. – Olivet Nazarene University

Recent Publications / Achievements

Acts in Diverse Frames of Reference. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009.

Paul, His Letters and Acts. Library of Pauline Studies. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2009.

Reading Issues of Wealth and Poverty in Luke-Acts. Studies in Bible and Early Christianity, vol. 48. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2001.

Acts and Ethics, editor. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2005.

Contemporary Studies in Acts, editor. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2009.

Literary Studies in Luke-Acts: Festschrift for Joseph B. Tyson, co-editor (with Richard P. Thompson). Macon: Mercer University Press, 1998.

Reading Acts Today, editor (with Steve Walton, Lloyd Pietersen & F. Scott Spencer). Library of New Testament Studies. London: Continuum, 2011.