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Shane J. Wood

Professor of New Testament Studies; Director of the B.Th. New Testament Program
Faculty Full-Time
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Personal Web Site

Classes Taught:

  • Acts
  • Christian Life
  • Doctrine of Christ
  • Foundations for Biblical Justice
  • History of the Roman Empire
  • Introduction to the Gospels
  • Mark
  • Matthew
  • New Testament Introduction
  • Revelation

Speaking Topics:

Shane J. can be scheduled to speak at your church or organization on the following topics:

  • Eschatology (i.e., the Last Days, End Times, Rapture, etc.)
  • Jesus
  • Living the Christian Life
  • New Testament Book - Acts (Early Christianity)
  • New Testament Book - Revelation

View OCC's full list of available speakers and their topics!

Degrees Received:

  • 2004, Bachelor of Biblical Literature (Ozark Christian College)
  • 2004, Bachelor of Theology in New Testament (Ozark Christian College)
  • 2008, Masters of Arts in New Testament (Lincoln Christian University)
  • 2008, Masters of Divinity (Lincoln Christian University)
  • Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh (UK)--Dissertation title: "The Alter-Imperial Paradigm: Empire Studies and the Book of Revelation"

Other Studies:

  • Biola University

Ministry/Job History:

  • Christ's Church of Harrisonville, Senior Minister, Harrisonville, MO (2002-2004)
  • High Hill Christian Church, Associate Minister, High Hill, MO (2004-2007)
  • Institute for Christian Resources, Associate Director, Joplin, MO (2007-2009)
  • Ozark Christian College, Director of Youth Minister Relations, Joplin, MO (2009-2011)
  • Ozark Christian College, Professor of New Testament, Joplin, MO (2011-Present)

Writings and Publications:

  • Wood, Shane J., The Alter-Imperial Paradigm: Empire Studies & the Book of Revelation. BINTS; Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • Wood, Shane J. “God’s Triumphal Procession: Re-examining the Release of Satan in the Light of Roman Imperial Imagery (Revelation 20:7-10).” Pages 209-223 in Currents in British Research on the Apocalypse. Edited by Garrick Allen, Ian Paul, and Simon Woodman. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015.
  • Wood, Shane J. “Rome, Satan, and Rhetorical Cosmology in the Apocalypse of John: A Review of Silence and Praise: Rhetorical Cosmology and Political Theology in the Book of Revelation by Ryan Leif Hansen.” Review of Biblical Literature (2015):
  • Wood, Shane J. “Grasping the Position of the Oppressed: A Review of What Does Revelation Reveal?: Unlocking the Mystery by Warren Carter.” Review of Biblical Literature (2015):
  • Wood, Shane J. “The Socio-Political Contours of Military Eminence: A Review of The Praetorian Guard: A History of Rome’s Elite Special Forces by Sandra Bingham.” Stone-Campbell Journal [forthcoming].
  • Wood, Shane J. “In the Eye of the Beholder: A Review of Revelation: The Past and Future of John’s Apocalypse by Gerald L. Stevens.” Review of Biblical Literature [forthcoming].
  • "New Starting Points in the Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Book Review of Etiene Nodet, The Historical Jesus?: Necessity and Limits of an Enquiry" in Expository Times (Sept 2012)
  • "Jesus Didn't Live a 'Christian Life,' and We Shouldn't Either (Part 1)--The List or a Lifestyle: The Problem with Spiritual Disciplines" at
  • "Jesus Didn't Live a 'Christian Life,' and We Shouldn't Either (Part 1)--The List or a Lifestyle: On Not Beginning with the End" at
  • "The Sword that Divides: The Differing Political Programs of John the Baptist and Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew" at the College Theology Society Conference (New York, New York 2011)
  • "The Alter-Imperial Triumphal Procession: A Socio-Cultural Interpretation of the Release of Satan (Rev 20:7-10)" at the British New Testament Conference (Nottingham, England 2011)
  • "Simplifying the Number of the Beast (Rev 13:18): An Interpretation of 666 and 616" in Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand edited by Shane J. Wood (2011)
  • "An Alter-Imperial Reading of the Release of Satan (Rev 20:7-10)" in Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand edited by Shane J. Wood (2011)
  • "In Defense of Eschatology: Does Studying Revelation Really Matter?" in Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand edited by Shane J. Wood (2011)
  • Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand: Essays on the Book of Revelation, edited by Shane J. Wood (Joplin, MO: College Press, 2011), 325 pages.

Organizational Memberships:

  • Society of Biblical Literature

Honors and Awards:

  • Named one of the “100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About” by Theology Degrees Online (2015)
  • Named one of “40 Leaders Under 40” by Christian Standard (July 2013)

Personal Information:

Married to Sara Wood since 2003.
Has four kids: Zion (2004), Paige (2006), Maddox (2007), and Robert (2012).