Kavin Rowe

Kavin Rowe

Professor of New Testament

External address: 
Divinity School, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90967, Durham, NC 27708-0967
(919) 660-3587


C. Kavin Rowe is Professor of New Testament at Duke University Divinity School. His most recent book is One True Life: the Stoics and Early Christians as Rival Traditions (Yale University Press, 2016). He is the author of two other books: World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age (Oxford University Press, 2009, paperback 2010), and Early Narrative Christology (de Gruyter, 2006, repr. Baker Academic, 2009). He has published multiple scholarly articles and co-edited The Word Leaps the Gap (Eerdmans, 2008) and Rethinking the Unity and Reception of Luke and Acts (University of South Carolina Press, 2010). He is on the editorial board of several international peer-review journals and has also frequently written articles for faithandleadership.com.

Rowe has been a Fulbright Scholar, Regional Scholar for the Society of Biblical Literature, chair of the Society’s Southeastern Region New Testament section, president of the Society's Southeastern Region, and was elected to the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship, a Christian Faith and Life Grant from the Louisville Institute, the John Templeton Prize for Theological Promise, the Paul J. Achtemeier Award, a Distinguished Scholars grant from the McDonald Agape Foundation, and a project grant from the Issachar Fund.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Duke University 2005
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary 1999
  • B.A., Wake Forest University 1996

Gregory, A. F., and C. K. Rowe. Rethinking the unity and reception of Luke and Acts. Univ of South Carolina Pr, 2010.

Rowe, C. K. World Upside Down: Reading Acts in the Graeco-Roman Age. 2009, pp. 1–304. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377873.001.0001. Full Text

Rowe, C. K., and R. B. Hays. “Biblical Studies.” The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199245765.003.0025. Full Text

Rowe, C. K. “The book of Acts and the cultural explication of the identity of God.” Word Leaps the Gap, William B Eerdmans, 2008, pp. 244–66.

Rowe, C. K. “Authority and community: Lukan dominium in Acts.” Acts and Ethics, Sheffield Phoenix, 2005, pp. 96–108.

Rowe, C. K. “The art of retrieval: Stoicism?Journal of Religious Ethics, vol. 40, no. 4, Dec. 2012, pp. 706–19. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1467-9795.2012.00544.x. Full Text

Rowe, C. K. “The ecclesiology of Acts 1.” Interpretation (United Kingdom), vol. 66, no. 3, July 2012, pp. 259–69. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0020964312443192. Full Text

Rowe, C. K. “God, Greek philosophy, and the Bible: a response to Matthew Levering.” Journal of Theological Interpretation, vol. 5, no. 1, Mar. 2011, pp. 69–80.

Rowe, C. K. “Reading world upside down: a response to Matthew Sleeman and John Barclay.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 33, no. 3, Mar. 2011, pp. 335–46.

Rowe, C. K. “The grammar of life: The Areopagus speech and Pagan tradition.” New Testament Studies, vol. 57, no. 1, Jan. 2011, pp. 31–50. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0028688510000263. Full Text

Rowe, C. K. “For future generations: worshipping Jesus and the integration of the theological disciplines.” Pro Ecclesia, vol. 17, no. 2, Mar. 2008, pp. 186–209.

Rowe, C. K. “Acts 2.36 and the continuity of Lukan christology.” New Testament Studies, vol. 53, no. 1, Dec. 2007, pp. 37–56. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0028688507000033. Full Text

Rowe, C. K., and R. B. Hays. “What is a theological commentary?Pro Ecclesia, vol. 16, no. 1, Dec. 2007, pp. 26–32.

Rowe, C. K. “Literary unity and reception history: reading Luke-Acts as Luke and Acts.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament, vol. 29, no. 4, June 2007, pp. 449–57.

Rowe, C. Kavin. “New Testament Theology: The Revival of a Discipline. A Review of Recent Contributions to the Field.” Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 125, no. 2, JSTOR, July 2006, pp. 393–393. Crossref, doi:10.2307/27638367. Full Text