Dr. James Warren Dunkly

School of Theology Librarian, Lecturer in New Testament
B.A., Texas Christian University, M.A., Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


James Warren Dunkly was born in Louisiana in 1942. Dunkly grew up in Texas and received the degree bachelor of arts summa cum laude from Texas Christian University in 1963, with a major in English and a minor in history. He began theological studies with the Diploma in Theology at Oxford University (Mansfield College), then spent two years at Brite Divinity School (TCU) before entering the doctoral program in New Testament at Vanderbilt University. He finished course work and examinations there in 1968, earning the degree master of arts.

Awarded a Rockefeller Doctoral Fellowship for 1969-70, Dunkly became graduate fellow at Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., where he began to teach and to work for the library serving both ETS and Weston School of Theology. In 1971 he became assistant editor of New Testament Abstracts (a publication of Weston) and taught Greek at Boston University School of Theology. He became managing editor of NTA, and during 1973-74 he served as acting librarian for Weston, the joint library at that time having a librarian for each institution.

In 1975, Dunkly became librarian at Nashotah House, where he also taught New Testament. With a year’s sabbatical from Nashotah and a grant from the Conant Fund of the Episcopal Church’s Board for Theological Education, Dunkly completed his dissertation (on the linguistic relationship between John’s Gospel and the First Letter of John) and received the degree Doctor of Philosophy from Vanderbilt in 1982.

Dunkly returned to Cambridge as director of libraries for Episcopal Divinity School (as it had then become) and Weston School of Theology, member of the EDS faculty, and instructor in Greek after 1989.  He was editor of Anglican Theological Review from 1985 to 1989, and he was elected to the Index Board of the American Theological Library Association. He was vice-president of ATLA in 1989-90 and president in 1990-92.

In 1993, Dunkly became librarian of the School of Theology, where he also teaches Greek, New Testament, and theological writing. He became associate University librarian in 1995.  He serves regularly as an accreditation visitor for the Association of Theological Schools, and occasionally as guest preacher or adult-education teacher in nearby parishes. He is book-review editor of Sewanee Theological Review and editor of Tuesday Morning, a quarterly resource for preachers. He is the faculty’s representative on the board of Anglican Theological Review.

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