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Dr. Willard M. Swartley

Wrong Dr. Willard M. Swartley?

Professor Emeritus of New Testame...

Local Address:  Elkhart , India
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Employment History


  • Ph.D.
    Princeton Theoligcal Seminary
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A.
    Eastern Mennonite College
  • B.D.
    Goshen Biblical Seminary
  • M.Div.
    Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
  • M.A. , Modern European History
    Southern Methodist University
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MennoMedia, 6 Mar 2013 [cached]
"John's gospel surprises," says author Willard Swartley and longtime New Testament professor. He says the gospel of John is clear and easy to understand, yet "the reader is mystified by its literary features of double meanings, fascinating symbolism, and its frequent use of irony."
According to Swartley, John's gospel focuses on Jesus' connection to Jerusalem rather than to Galilee as the synoptic gospels do. It is "feast-oriented," with John transforming the meaning of temple and feasts. John combines themes of life and light with discussion of agape love and costly discipleship.
Swartley finds John's gospel "scintillating and puzzling. His commentary examines questions such as who the "beloved disciple" is who witnesses Jesus' deeds and words, and why this gospel presents "the Jews" negatively, when Jesus and most of the characters are also Jews.
This Believers Church Bible Commentary: John has been a major focus of Swartley's writing over the past six years since he's retired. He describes the 538-page volume as the "fruit of a hermeneutic [Bible interpretation] community. It includes insights from his "Gospel of John" students at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Elkhart, Ind., and from five consultants, two of whom have published on the Gospel of John and one who has written a dissertation on John.
The Believers Church John commentary includes a supplementary web file, referenced in every chapter. It also has a companion volume written by Swartley: Living Gift: John's Jesus in Meditation, Poetry, Art and Song (Evangel Press, Nappanee, IN). Living Gift contains poetry, song, and art from a variety of sources. Indexed by topic, it provides spiritual formation aids, using the arts to resource worship leaders, pastors, and others.
Willard M. Swartley is professor emeritus of New Testament at AMBS, where he taught for 26 years. Swartley holds a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also taught at Eastern Mennonite University and pastored at Locust Grove Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind.
Swartley is the author of 10 books, most recently Send Forth Your Light from Herald Press, Covenant of Peace from Eerdmans, and Health, Healing and the Church's Mission from InterVarsity Press. Swartley is also the editor of 30 books, of which ten are New Testament volumes in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series. Swartley served as New Testament editor for the commentary series from 1990 to 2002.
Pandora Press U.S.: VIOLENCE RENOUNCED Editor, 27 July 2000 [cached]
Willard Swartley is professor of New Testament at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana. He has served as seminary dean 1979-81, 1990, and 1995-2000. He has been a Bible teacher in congregational settings and churchwide conferences, in both North America and overseas. His special interests are in the Gospels, the peace teachings of the Bible, and biblical interpretation. He is a graduate of Eastern Mennonite College (B.A.), Goshen Biblical Seminary (B.D.), and Princeton Theological Seminary (1973 Ph.D.).
Swartley is the New Testament editor for the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series and New Testament editor for a book series on Studies in Peace and Scripture. Swartley earlier taught at Eastern Mennonite University and served as interim dean there also. He directed the AMBS Institute of Mennonite Studies from 1979-1988. He also taught at Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary, and at Conrad Grebel College.
Among Swartley’s publications are Mark: The Way for All Nations (Herald Press, 1979, rev. 1981); Slavery, Sabbath, War and Women: Case Issues in Biblical Interpretation (Herald Press, 1983); editor of Love of Enemy and Nonretaliation in the New Testament (Westminster/John Knox, 1992 [available at Sigler Press]); Israel’s Scripture Traditions and the Synoptic Gospels: Story Shaping Story (Hendrickson, 1994); “War and Peace in the New Testament,” in Auftstieg and Niedergang der römischen Welt (ed. W. Haase and H. Temporini, Part II, Vol.
Augusta Free Press : EMU honors distinguished alums, 22 Oct 2004 [cached]
Willard M. Swartley, a 1959 EMU graduate presently living in Elkhart, Ind., received EMU's 2004 alumnus of the year ...
Willard M. Swartley, a 1959 EMU graduate presently living in Elkhart, Ind., received EMU's 2004 alumnus of the year during the Oct.10, worship service of homecoming and parents weekend.
The award is given annually to a graduate who has been recognized for significant recent achievements in their profession, community or church.
Dr. Swartley, a member of the Bible and religion faculty at EMU from 1965-68 and 1971-78, served most recently as dean and professor of New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.He was cited for his leadership roles as a pastor, teacher, writer and Bible scholar, "combining courageous academic inquiry with Christian devotion, patient observation with imaginative application and sober discipline with joyful freedom."
During the spring semester of 1975, Swartley and his wife, Mary, led 37 EMU students on EMU's first Middle East cross-cultural study seminar, where they witnessed the raw emotions of the Israeli-Arab-Palestinian conflict.
After completing doctoral studies on the New Testament gospel of Mark, Swartley shared his learnings the summer of 1977 at a churchwide Mennonite assembly in Estes Park, Colo.He presented an intensive seven-part series of Bible studies based on Mark's gospel in tandem with original dramas by Canadian playwright Urie Bender to enthusiastic audiences.
newsletters, 4 Oct 2008 [cached]
October 12, 2008: Willard Swartley at SMC, see note below.
Send Forth Your Light: A Vision for Peace, Mission, and Worship is Willard Swartley's most recent book in which he integrates these three legs of a biblical foundation for being faithful Christians living an authentic peace witness in the church and world today.Willard will be with us on Sunday, October 12, to speak in worship and adult study as well as lead a Sunday afternoon workshop on biblical principles for making ethical decisions for faithful living.Reading this book would be good preparation for Willard's teaching on October 12.If you would like to order a copy of this book for $20.00 , Please e-mail Marsha to reserve a copy.You will be notified as soon as your copy arrives.If you want to find out more about Willard and his writings, google Willard Swartley!He has retired from teaching New Testament at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary but continues to be a prolific teacher and writer on the Bible and God's "Covenant of Peace" with God's people in and for the world.
Commentary Editors - MC Canada, 8 Dec 2004 [cached]
Mary and Willard Swartley of Elkhart, Indiana, and Elmer and Phyllis Martens of Fresno, California, were honored at the annual meetings of the Believers Church Bible Commentaries Series in San Antonio, Texas.
Swartley edited nine New Testament volumes in the series and Martens eight Old Testament volumes, as well as writing one himself.
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. - Elmer A. Martens and Willard M. Swartley, editors of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series, were honored for service spanning three decades.
Swartley of the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, served as New Testament Editor from 1989 to 2001during which time he edited nine volumes in the series.
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