Brian K. Blount

President and Professor of New Testament in the Walter W. Moore and Charles E.S. Kraemer Presidential Chairs

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Phone: 804.278.4200

Location: Richmond

Department: Bible


Emory University, Ph.D.

Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div.

College of William and Mary, B.A.

Brian K. Blount is president and professor of New Testament at Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, and Charlotte, NC. He was called to this position in 2007, after serving for 15 years as the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Princeton Theological Seminary.

An M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary in 1981, he obtained his B.A. from the College of William and Mary in 1978. After graduating from Princeton Seminary, he went on to become the pastor of the Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church in Newport News, Virginia from 1982-1988. William and Mary’s first African-American to receive membership in the Alpha Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, he received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Emory University in 1992. He returned to teach at Princeton Seminary the same year.

Professor Blount’s primary work has been in the Gospel of Mark, the Book of Revelation and in the area of cultural studies and hermeneutics. He is the author of six books.

His most recent work, Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection (WJK 2014), is based on his 2011 Yale Beecher Lectures. In 2010, his Revelation commentary was voted the 2009 top reference work by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He has also edited a volume of essays on worship with Leonora Tubbs Tisdale entitled Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship (WJK, 2000).  He is also the coauthor of a book with Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann and theologian William C. Placher entitled Struggling With Scripture (WJK, 2001). He has also co-authored the book Preaching The Gospel of Mark in Two Voices (WJK, 2002) with Gary W. Charles, the pastor of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA. He is an editor of The Discipleship Study Bible, also by Westminster John Knox (2008). As a part of his work for the Bible, he has also written the introduction and notes for Mark and Matthew. He is an associate editor of the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible for Abingdon Press. He is also the general editor for True To Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary by Fortress Press.

The author of numerous articles, he also preaches and directs adult education classes in local congregations. He is married, and he and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Joshua and Kaylin.

Books, Publications & Workshops

Dr. Blount has written for numerous publications. the list below consists of books he has authored and co-authored. For a full listing of his publications, see his CV.

Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2014)

Revelation: A Commentary in the New Testament Library Series (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)

The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Associate editor ( Abingdon Press, 2009)

The Discipleship Study Bible, Associate editor (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008)

True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, General Editor (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007)

Can I Get A Witness? Reading Revelation Through an African American Lens (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)

Preaching Mark in Two Voices, with Gary W. Charles (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)

Then the Whisper Put on Flesh: New Testament Ethics in an African American Context (Nashville: Abingdon  Pres 2001)

Struggling With Scripture, with Walter Brueggemann and Willliam Placher (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001)

Making Room at the Table: An Invitation to Multicultural Worship, edited with Leonora Tubbs Tisdale (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2000)

Go Preach! Mark's Kingdom Message and the Black Church Today (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 1998)

Cultural Interpretation: Reorienting New Testament Criticism (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995)



Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events


11:45am, Watts Chapel
Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA

Guest Speaker, "Resurrection and the Walking Dead"

6:30 p.m., Wednesday Night Supper
Grace Covenant, Richmond, VA

Guest Preacher and Speaker

8:30am, 9:45am and 11:00am
Burke Presbyterian Church, Burke, Virginia

Guest Preacher and Speaker

4:30 pm on Saturday and 9:30 and 11:30 on Sunday
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL

Guest Lecturer for the Edmunds Lectures

February 27 to 29
Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA

Guest Preacher for Easter Sunday

9 and 11 am services
First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA

Guest Preacher

8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services
Old Presbyterian Meeting House, Alexandria, VA

Guest Preacher

11:00 a.m.
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, Augusta, GA

Keynote Speaker / Preacher for the Reconciliation Service

4:00 p.m.
Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, Princeton, N.J.

Guest Preacher for Kick off Anniversary Celebration

11:00 a.m.
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA

Guest Preacher

10:00 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Albemarle, Albemarle, NC
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Guest Preacher

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Severna Park, MD

Courses Taught

The Gospel of Mark; The Gospel of Matthew; The Gospel of Luke; The Book of Revelation; Introduction to the New Testament; Early Judaism; Greco-Roman Backgrounds of the New Testament; The Kingdom of God; New Testament Ethics; Cultural Hermeneutics; Teaching The Bible with Technology; Preaching Mark