David Alan Black

David Alan Black

David Alan Black

Senior Professor of New Testament and Greek (Retired)

Discipline: New Testament
Teaching Since: 1998
Area: Biblical Studies
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B.A., Biola University
M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
D. Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland
Additional Studies: Jerusalem University College, Israel


I am a teacher, language-lover, runner, dad and granddad. I was born in Honolulu and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. In 1975, I got my B.A. in Biblical Studies at Biola, California. There, I also graduated with my M.Div. in 1980 in New Testament and Greek. I then moved to Switzerland to receive my Doctor of Theology degree in 1983 at the University of Basel. Now I live and work on a farm in Virginia and commute to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where I have been teaching Greek and New Testament since 1998.




The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.