Fred L. Horton

Professor Emeritus
Office: 406 Davis Tower





I came to Wake Forest in the fall of 1970 and had the pleasure of teaching here for forty-one years (retired 2011). In addition to teaching courses in Christian Bible, I also taught various ancient languages including Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac Egyptian, and Coptic and a first-year seminar  on the topic “Love in the Bible and in the Ancient East.” I even taught a writing seminar through the Department of English. In the realm of archaeology I have been privileged to take Wake Forest students for excavations in Israel at Caesarea Maritima (1976, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1995) and to Tell el-Hesi (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983). On the clerical side, I have been a priest of the Episcopal Church since 1986.



Ph.D., Duke University, 1971 (Biblical Studies)

B. D. Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, 1967 (New Testament)



Much of my publication effort has gone into joint archaeological publications such as my article with Jeffrey Blakely and Ralph Doermann, “Judäischer Regierungsvorposten und Festung: Der Tell el-Hesi während des 10.-8. Jh.s v. Chr.,” ZDPV 123/2 (2007): 133-164, but I have also stuck to traditional New Testament themes also as in my article “Dualism in the New Testament” A Surprising Rhetoric and a Rhetoric of Surprise,” Light Against Darkness: Dualism in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and the Contemporary World (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht, 2010), 186-208. I have also written a continuous commentary on the lectionary readings, both for the ABC lectionary and for the Revised Common Lectionary that appears in the diocesan-wide clergy newsletter as well as in bulletin inserts in churches from Alaska to the Virgin Islands. I am the author of several articles in the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2009) and a study volume for Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary entitled A Reckless Faith: Studies in the Gospel Mark (School of Ministry: 2006).