Covenant Seminary welcomed Dr. Chapman to its full-time teaching staff in January of 2000. Professor Chapman worked for four years in college ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, and he continues to be active in local and international church ministry and teaching. He has served since 2004 on the Board of Presbyterian Mission International (PMI), which assists international students studying at Covenant to return to full-time ministry in their home countries.
His recent research focuses on enhancing appreciation of the New Testament through study of relevant Jewish and Graeco-Roman literature and through archaeological investigation. Among other interests, he has now spent many years examining the ancient evidence for crucifixion in antiquity. His current projects include authoring both a forthcoming Greek-based commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians and a biblical-theological commentary on James.
Dr. Chapman also serves as curator of the W. H. Mare Institute for Biblical and Archaeological Studies on Covenant Seminary’s campus. He regularly leads Covenant Seminary study tours of Israel, and he directed the Abila Archaeological Excavation (in northern Jordan) from 2004 to 2008.
He served as the NT editor (and contributor) for the ESV Archaeology Study Bible (Crossway, 2018). Some of his other publications include “1 Thessalonians” and “2 Thessalonians” for the ESV Expository Commentary (Crossway, 2018); The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus: Texts and Commentary (with Eckhard Schnabel, Mohr Siebeck, 2015); Philippians: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving (Christian Focus, 2012); and Ancient Jewish and Christian Perceptions of Crucifixion (Mohr Siebeck, 2008). Among other items, he has also authored several articles on the Abila of the Decapolis excavation in Jordan, and “Marriage and Family in Second Temple Judaism” in Marriage and Family in the Biblical World, ed. Ken M. Campbell (IVP, 2003). Dr. Chapman served as associate editor for New Testament Archaeology for the ESV Study Bible.
Dr. Chapman and his wife, Dr. Tasha Chapman, have two wonderful daughters.