James Grimshaw, Carroll University faculty

Dr. James Grimshaw

Associate Professor of Religious Studies Get Contact Info


Religious Studies Department of History, Politics and Religion


  • Vanderbilt University, Ph.D. 
  • Christian Theological Seminary, M.Div. 
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, B.S.

Areas of Specialization

  • New Testament, particularly the Gospels
  • Literary and anthropological approaches to biblical study
  • The study of food and the Bible
  • Biblical Hermeneutics

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Invited Publications

New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Abingdon Press. Entries: ‘Beans,’ ‘Breakfast,’ ‘Fruit (product),’ ‘Fruit (symbol),’ Upper Room,’ ‘Palace,’ ‘Meals.’ forthcoming. 
Review of Bruce J. Malina and Jerome H. Neyrey, Portraits of Paul: An Archaeology of Ancient Personality. Encounter 58 (1997):  317-18.      

Review of Daniel C. Arichea and Howard A. Hatton, A Handbook on Paul’s Letters to Timothy and to Titus. Encounter 58 (1997):  112-13.
Review of Ole Davidsen, The Narrative Jesus. Religious Studies Review 22 (1996): 163.

Peer Reviewed Article

“Luke’s Market Exchange District: Decentering Luke’s Rich Urban Center.” Semeia 86 (1999):  33-52.

Other Publications

Commentary, Service Resources, and Sermon for Pentecost 8, Word and Witness, Vol. 95, No 4 (Year C), July 30, 1995.

Co-authored Resources for the Young Adult Journey III, Homeland Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1995.
Co-authored Resources for the Young Adult Journey II, Homeland Ministries, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1994.
"Something New to Hear." Disciples Theological Digest 7 (1992):  51-55.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

  • Developed religious studies assessment plan, Fall 2005
  • General Education Committee, Fall 2005-present
  • Medical Humanities Task Force, Fall 2005-present
  • Coordinated visit of Fulbright Scholar, Spring and Fall 2005
  • Revision of religious studies curriculum, Spring 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderbilt University: Tuition Scholarship, 1994-96
  • Christian Theological Seminary: Presidential Scholarship, 
  • Best Church History Paper
  • Theta Phi
  • Brown-McAllister Memorial Scholarship
  • Trustee Award
  • Ministry Award
  • Preaching Award, 1989-1993
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