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Theodore Wesley Jennings Jr.[1][2] (born 1942), also known as Ted Jennings, is an American theologian and Methodist minister. He is Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology at the United Church of Christ's Chicago Theological Seminary, where he has previously served as Acting Academic Dean.[3] Jennings has gained a notoriety for his work on ritual studies,[4] the Messianic politics of Pauline discourse, and theological engagement with the work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer[5] and Jacques Derrida.

Theodore Jennings
Theodore Wesley Jennings Jr.

(1942-10-24) October 24, 1942 (age 76)
Other namesTed Jennings
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Methodist)
ChurchUnited Methodist Church
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisMan as the Subject of Existence[1] (1971)
Doctoral advisorTheodore Runyon[1]
Academic work
InstitutionsChicago Theological Seminary
Doctoral studentsAdam Kotsko



Jennings was born on October 24, 1942. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1964 and his Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Emory University in 1967 and 1971 respectively. He taught for three years at Seminario Metodista (Methodist Seminary) in Mexico City and is an ordained Methodist minister. His scholarly work and publications have focused on a broad array of topics, such as Methodism, ritual studies,[6] biblical hermeneutics, liberation theology, LGBT rights and queer theology, the politics of Pauline Messianism, and the work of Jacques Derrida.[7]

Works by JenningsEdit

  • An Ethic of Queer Sex: Principles and Improvisations. Exploration Press, Chicago, Illinois 2013, ISBN 978-0-913552-72-8
  • Plato or Paul? The Origins of Western Homophobia. Pilgrim Press, Cleveland 2009, ISBN 0-8298-1855-3
  • Jacob's Wound: Homoerotic Narrative in the Literature of Ancient Israel. Continuum, New York 2005, ISBN 0-8264-1712-4
  • Reading Derrida, Thinking Paul: On Justice. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California 2005, ISBN 0-8047-5267-2
  • Mistaken Identities but Model Faith: Rereading the Centurion, the Chap, and the Christ in Matthew 8:5-13. Theodore W. Jennings, Jr. and Tat-Siong Benny Liew. Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. 123, No. 3 (Autumn, 2004), pp. 467–494
  • The Insurrection of the Crucified: The ‘Gospel of Mark’ as Theological Manifesto. Exploration Press, Chicago, Illinois 2003, ISBN 0-913552-65-8
  • The Man Jesus Loved: Homoerotic Narratives from the New Testament. Pilgrim Press, Cleveland 2003, ISBN 0-8298-1535-X
  • Santidad bìblica (Seminario Metodista de Mexico), 2002
  • Loyalty to God: The Apostles Creed in Life and Liturgy. Abingdon Press, Nashville 1992, ISBN 0-687-22821-2
  • Good News to the Poor: John Wesley’s Evangelical Economics. Abingdon Press, Nashville 1990, ISBN 0-687-15528-2
  • Beyond Theism: A Grammar of God-Language. Oxford University Press, New York 1985, ISBN 0-19-503613-1


  1. ^ a b c Jennings, Theodore W. (1971). Man as the Subject of Existence: A Study of Post-Hegelian Anthropologies in Continental Theology (PhD thesis). Atlanta: Emory University. OCLC 26275269.
  2. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series. Vol. 26, Part 1, No. 1, Sect. 1. Washington: US Copyright Office. 1974. p. 790. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  3. ^ faculty website, Chicago Theological Seminary
  4. ^ "On Ritual Knowledge", Theodore W. Jennings, The Journal of Religion , Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr., 1982)
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "On Ritual Knowledge," Theodore W. Jennings, The Journal of Religion , Vol. 62, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 111-127
  7. ^ faculty website, Chicago Theological Seminary

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