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Scott Sinclair, Ph.D.

BIOGRAPHYScott Sinclair


Scott Sinclair has a lifelong interest in educating Christians about their faith and making Christianity attractive to non-Christians.  He was raised in a devout Episcopalian family, and from his earliest childhood enjoyed attending church, reading the Bible, and talking about religion.  As an adolescent he also read books about non-Christian faiths.  He received a B.A. and M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University, and in his studies was especially concerned with the urgent ethical issues which diplomacy raises.  The last year of this program was in Italy where in his free time he enjoyed Renaissance art.  He then attended seminary at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific where he received a Masters of Divinity in 1976.  As part of his education he completed a summer course in hospital ministry and an intern year in a small congregation in Utah.  Upon graduation he was ordained an Episcopal priest and for two years was in charge of a mission near the San Francisco Airport.  He enrolled in the Graduate Theological Union and received a doctorate in Biblical Studies with a concentration in New Testament in 1986.  During his doctoral studies he supported himself by doing youth ministry on weekends and in the summer.  He wrote and directed puppet plays based on the Bible and contemporary life, and his youth group performed the shows in many places in the Western United States.  After receiving his Ph.D., he taught for one year at the University of California, Davis.  Then he taught for four years at an all-Black theological college in Barbados.  As a result, he gained a richer perspective on religion, race, and culture.  Upon his return to the United States, he began working part-time at Dominican and ultimately became full time.  He has written a series of books which show that the Bible and Christianity are intellectually profound and highly relevant to the contemporary world.  His personal discipline includes spending an hour a day in prayer and meditation.  He also has a ministry in prayer and healing.


  • Ph.D. 1986:  Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 
  • M.Div. 1976:  The Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
  • B.A./M.A. 1971/72:  The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C. and Bologna, Italy


Courses Taught

  • The World's Religions
  •  Introduction to Christianity through Art
  •  Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament
  •  New Testament
  •  Christology
  •  Seminar on Jesus
  •  Introduction to Christian Prayer
  •  Matthew, Mark, and Luke-Acts
  •  John's Gospel and Letters
  •  The Letters of Paul
  •  Mark's Gospel
  •  Revelation


Published Books

  • An Introduction to Christianity for a New Millennium. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2008.
  • The Past from God’s Perspective--A Commentary on John’s Gospel. N. Richland Hills, TX: BIBAL, 2004.
  • A Study Guide to St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. N. Richland Hills, TX: BIBAL, 2000.
  • A Study Guide to Mark's Gospel. N. Richland Hills, TX: BIBAL, 1996.
  • The Road and the Truth: The Editing of John's Gospel. Vallejo, CA: BIBAL, 1994.
  • Revelation--A Book for the Rest of Us. Berkeley: BIBAL, 1992.
  • Jesus Christ According to Paul. Berkeley: BIBAL, 1988.


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