Plenary speaker bios

David A. deSilva, Ph.D.

Dr. David A. deSilva, PhD is Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He is the author of over twenty-five books, including Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt (Kregel, 2015), The Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and Jude: What Earliest Christianity Learned from the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Oxford, 2012), Seeing Things John’s Way: The Rhetoric of Revelation(Westminster John Knox, 2009), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation (InterVaristy, 2004), Introducing the Apocrypha (Baker Academic, 2002), Honor, Patronage, Kinship & Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture (InterVarsity, 2000), and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Letter “to the Hebrews” (Eerdmans, 2000). He was involved in several major Bible translation projects, serving as the Apocrypha Editor for the Common English Bible and working on the revision of the Apocrypha for the English Standard Version.  He has also created several video resources and Mobile Ed courses for Faithlife, including “The Apocrypha: Witness Between the Testaments” (BI 291), “The Cultural World of the New Testament” (NT 201), and “Interpreting the Epistle to the Hebrews” (NT TBA).
Dr. deSilva is a brilliant professor who leads his students into challenging and rewarding topics, not just for the sake of learning but also for the sake of transformation. One of his many contributions to the Kingdom is his collection of published works. In particular, he is most proud of the Introduction to the New Testament, which has nurtured countless Christian workers even beyond the walls of Ashland Theological Seminary.

Jackson Wu, Ph.D.

Jackson Wu teaches theology and missiology for Chinese church leaders in Asia. His books include Saving God’s Face: A Chinese Contextualization of Salvation through Honor and Shame, One Gospel for All Nations: A Practical Approach to Biblical Contextualization (2015), and a forthcoming book with IVP, which explores how honor-shame influence our understanding of Paul’s letter to the Romans.
He consistently writes on his blog He is a regular blogger for Training Leaders International, and has guest written for Scot McKnight, Ed Stetzer, and the Missio blog. He serves on the steering committee for the Asian-American Theology Consultation for the Evangelical Theological Society. In addition, he is the book reviews editor of the mission and culture section for Themelios.
He earned a PhD in Applied Theology (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), after gaining an M.Div (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), M.A. in philosophy (Texas A&M), and B.S. in Applied Mathematics (Texas A&M).
Jackson’s primary research interests include contextualization, honor & shame, Romans and missiology. He labors to equip the church to contextualize the gospel in a way that is both biblically faithful and culturally meaningful.

The Honor-Shame Conference is not a function of Wheaton College.

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