Associate Professor of Bible and Religion
B.Sc., University of London; Dip.Th., Free Church of Scotland College; Th.M. and Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Smith was born and raised in England; he came to America (Philadelphia) in 1992 for graduate studies. He earned his Th.M. in Old Testament from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament (also from Westminster). His seminary education kindled his life-long interest in tracing the unfolding drama of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. Before joining the faculty of Erskine College, Dr. Smith taught New Testament for twenty years at various seminaries, including Erskine, Westminster, Redeemer, and Missional Training Center.
Research and Publications
Dr. Smith has two major publications. The Representation of Speech Events (Brill, 2014) is a technical monograph in Greek linguistics. Searching for the Self (Wipf & Stock, 2018) is a more accessible study of the importance of narrative in the formation of personal and communal identities. Dr. Smith’s current research interests are focused on the use of the Psalms in spiritual formation, and on mysticism in the Christian tradition.