Scott Shauf

Dr. Scott Shauf

Professor of Religious Studies,
Department Chair


  • PhD, Emory University
  • MTS, Duke University
  • MS, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of Richmond

Classes Taught

Greek, Synoptic Gospels, Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Backgrounds, New Testament Theology


Dr. Shauf was pursuing a comfortable career in computer science when God changed his course and sent him off to graduate school to become a scholar of the Bible. He has since published two books on the Acts of the Apostles and a number of other scholarly articles. He loves to show students how the careful academic study of scripture can deepen their faith and service to Christ. He is active in his local church, having served in such roles as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and choir member. He has preached and led Bible studies in a variety of church contexts. His ministry experience extends internationally, having worked on a short term basis with churches and ministries in China, Ghana, Germany, and Mexico. Dr. Shauf has taught at Gardner-Webb since 2009.


Jesus the Sacrifice: A Historical and Theological Study (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, forthcoming)
The Divine in Acts and in Ancient Historiography (Fortress Press, 2015)
Theology as History, History as Theology: Paul in Ephesus in Acts 19 (De Gruyter, 2005)
“Locating the Eunuch: Characterization and Narrative Context in Acts 8:26-40,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009): 762-775
“The ‘Word of God’ and Retribution Theology in Luke-Acts,” pages 173-191 in Scripture and Traditions (Brill, 2008)
“Galatians 2.20 in Context,” New Testament Studies 52 (2006): 86-101
Lectionary commentaries at

Favorite Books (Other than The Bible)

  • Surprised by Hope (N.T. Wright)
  • Till We Have Faces (C.S. Lewis)