Dr. R. Alan Culpepper

Dean Emeritus

Professor Emeritus

Alan CulpepperDr. R. Alan Culpepper served as the dean of the McAfee School of Theology from its founding until 2015. He received a B.A. (1967) from Baylor University, his Master of Divinity (1970) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. (1974) from Duke University. Before coming to McAfee, Dr. Culpepper taught in the Religion Department at Baylor. In 2016, Dr. Culpepper received dean emeritus and professor emeritus status at McAfee.

Outside of life at McAfee, Dr. Culpepper is the New Testament editor for the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary and for the Biblical Interpretation Series published by E.J. Brill. He also is on the editorial board from the Library of New Testament Studies. He has published nine books and several articles, curriculums, and book reviews, including Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, John the Son of Zebedee, “The Gospel of Luke” in The New Interpreters’ Bible, and Mark in the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary. His next commentary project will be Matthew for the New Testament Library published by Westminster John Knox.

In addition, Dr. Culpepper is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, is a member of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, and enjoys sailing the 19-foot sailboat he built.


  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1974
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1970
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1967

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