Professors publish the book “The New Testament Church”

The New Testament Church: The Challenge of Developing Ecclesiologies
The New Testament Church: The Challenge of Developing Ecclesiologies

Oklahoma Christian University Bible professors Jim Dvorak and John Harrison recently published and edited a book titled “The New Testament Church: The Challenge of Developing Ecclesiologies.” The book features chapters written by 13 accomplished scholars. In addition to editing the book, Harrison and Dvorak wrote the introduction, while Harrison also wrote chapter one.

The book, also available on, explores how the New Testament provides a collage of rich theological insights into what it means to be the church. This volume of essays, written with the latest scholarship, highlights the uniqueness of individual ecclesiologies of the various New Testament documents and their core unifying themes.

"The authors do a fine job of focusing our attention on those aspects of church life emphasized by particular New Testament authors for particular audiences,” said Richard Wright, associate professor of Bible and chair of the Graduate School of Theology at Oklahoma Christian. “The result is a sharper picture of the diversity of descriptions of the church found in the New Testament."

The book, part of the McMaster Biblical Studies Series, was published by McMaster Divinity College Press in conjunction with Wipf and Stock, which offers titles and reprints in biblical studies, theology and church history. Wipf also published the book “Baptism” last year, which was co-edited by Dvorak, who studied Christian theology at McMaster.