James L. Resseguie

James L. Resseguie (born January 1, 1945, Buffalo, NY) is distinguished professor of New Testament emeritus at Winebrenner Theological Seminary[1][2] where he held the J. Russell Bucher Chair of New Testament. He received his A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley (1967), his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1972), and his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary (1978). He is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). His research interests include narrative criticism, especially the elements of point of view (literature) and defamiliarization, and reader-response criticism. He has published frequently on the application of such interpretive methods to the Gospel of Luke, Gospel of John, and the Book of Revelation.

James L. Resseguie
Born (1945-01-01) January 1, 1945
TitleDistinguished professor of New Testament emeritus
Spouse(s)Dianne Laverne Paulson
Academic background
Alma materFuller Theological Seminary
ThesisInstruction and Discussion in the Central Section of Luke: A Redaction Critical Study of Luke 9:51-19:44 (1978)
Academic work
InstitutionsWinebrenner Theological Seminary
Main interestsNarrative criticism



  • Resseguie, James L. (1978). Instruction and Discussion in the Central Section of Luke: A Redaction Critical Study of Luke 9:51-19:44 (Ph.D.). Fuller Theological Seminary. OCLC 53910892.


  • Resseguie, James L. (1998). Revelation Unsealed: A Narrative Critical Approach to John's Apocalypse. Biblical Interpretation Series. 32. Leiden & Boston: Brill. ISBN 9789004111295. OCLC 38096895.
  • (2001). The Strange Gospel: Narrative Design and Point of View in John. Biblical Interpretation Series. 56. Leiden & Boston: Brill. ISBN 9789004122062. OCLC 46538608.
  • (2004). Spiritual Landscape: Images of the Spiritual Life in the Gospel of Luke. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 9781565638273. OCLC 52720771.
  • (2005). Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: an introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. ISBN 9780801027895. OCLC 61362694.
  • (2008). Narratologia del Nuovo Testamento. Introduzione allo studio della Bibbia - Supplementi. 38. Brescia: Paideia. ISBN 9788839407504. OCLC 800038962.
  • (2009). Revelation of John: A Narrative Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. ISBN 9780801032134. OCLC 244563458.
  • (2009). L'exégèse narrative du Nouveau Testament: Une introduction. Lessius.

Selected chapters

  • (1993). "John 9: A Literary-Critical Analysis". In Stibbe, Mark W.G. (ed.). An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Literature. Leiden: Brill. pp. 115–22.
  • (2013). "The Beloved Disciple: The Ideal Point of View". In Hunt, Steven A.; Tolmie, D. Francois; Zimmermann, Ruben (eds.). Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel: Narrative Approaches to Seventy Figures in John. WUNT. 314. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck. pp. 537–49. - reprinted in Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016), pp. 537-49.
  • (2013). "A Narrative-Critical Approach to the Fourth Gospel". In Skinner, Christopher W. (ed.). Characters and Characterization in the Gospel of John. LNTS. 461. London: T&T Clark. pp. 3–17.
  • (2016). "The Woman Who Crashed Simon's Party: A Reader-Response Approach to Luke 7:36-50". In Dicken, Frank E.; Snyder, Julia A. (eds.). Characters and Characterization in Luke-Acts. LNTS. 548. London: T&T Clark. pp. 7–22.
  • (2016). "Point of View". In Sheridan, Ruth; Estes, Douglas (eds.). How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel. Resources for Biblical Study. Atlanta, GA: SBL Press. pp. 79–96.

Selected articles

  • (1975). "Interpretation of Luke's Cental Section (Luke 9:51-19:44) Since 1856". Studia Biblica et Theologica. 5 (2): 3–36.
  • (1988). "Defamiliarization in the Gospels". Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 21: 25–35.
  • (1982). "Point of View in the Central Section of Luke (9:51-19:44)". Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 25 (1): 41–47.
  • (1984). "Reader-Response Criticism and the Synoptic Gospels". Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 52 (2): 307–24. doi:10.1093/jaarel/52.2.307.
  • (1990). "Defamiliarization and the Gospels". Biblical Theology Bulletin. 20 (4): 147–53. doi:10.1177/014610799002000403.
  • (1992). "Luke 7:36-50". Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology. 46: 285–90.
  • (1991). "Automatization and Defamiliarization in Luke 7:36-50". Literature and Theology: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theology and Criticism. 5: 137–50.
  • (2019). "A Glossary of New Testament Narrative Criticism with Illustrations". Religions. 10 (3): 217. doi:10.3390/rel10030217.



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