Associate Professor of New Testament
Year Started in this Position at PTS: 2020




  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.T.S., Duke University  
  • B.A. Bethel University


  • The Shape and Content of the Bible
  • The Old Testament in the New
  • The Quest for the Historical Jesus
  • Luke-Acts
  • The Gospel of Mark
  • The Gospels, Acts, and Johannine Epistles
  • New Testament Exegesis
  • Biblical Greek
Dr. Tucker Samson Ferda
Professor Tucker Ferda helps students understand that learning about the New Testament is a process. "Taking Bible classes at Pittsburgh Seminary isn't about getting the answer key to the Bible . . . it's about starting a process that hopefully goes on."

Church Association

Current Church Membership: East Liberty Presbyterian Church

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • The Gospels, Acts, and the Life of Jesus
  • The Old Testament in the New
  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Hellenistic Jewish Literature
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • The Early Church/Church Fathers
  • Eschatology
  • Biblical Theology

Professional Service

  • Steering Committee, Historical Jesus Section, Society of Biblical Literature
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
  • Member, Society of Biblical Literature


  • Teaching Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2010-2015
  • 2015 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar
  • Award for Excellence in Bible, Duke Divinity School

Additional Resources

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  • In this podcast, Dr. Tucker Ferda and the Rev. Porsha Williams Gates talk about why Dr. Ferda loves teaching New Testament Scripture, the value of understanding the biblical world, Scripture as invitation to imagination, and the vital importance of resisting the human tendency to remake Scripture in our own image. Listen to the podcast.