Faculty

Deborah Watson


Affiliate Professor in New Testament Greek
dwatson2@eastern.edu
484-384-2964

Deborah Watson

Ph.D. (Theology) University of Durham (U.K.)
M.T.S. (Biblical Studies) Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div. Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Diplôme (Langue et Civilisation) Université de Paris, La Sorbonne
B.S. (Elementary Education) Gordon College

"Whatever else we may do or be, Christians are called to be witnesses: to tell the truth clearly, coherently, completely, and winsomely about what we have seen and experienced. Our Writing and Research program supports this endeavor within the contexts of seminary and church, because we believe that clarity and coherence are central to our mission."

Deborah Watson serves on the pastoral staff of Narberth Presbyterian Church in Narberth Pennsylvania, where she began as a seminary intern in 1993. Prior to her seminary study, she taught French and English as a Second Language to high school students in New Hampshire. She also spent time studying and working in Paris, France and on a kibbutz in Israel.

The call of Scripture to care for those members of the community who cannot care for themselves became the focus of Deborah’s dissertation, “Paul’s Collection in Light of Motivations and Mechanisms for Aid to the Poor in the First Century World.” Since its completion in 2006, she has taught classes on “Wealth & Want in Scripture” and “The Least of These: Aid to the Poor in the First Century.” The theme of care for people in need continues to captivate Deborah and to inform her teaching and ministry.
 
She has taught at the Seminary since 1995, first as an adjunct and now as an affiliate professor in the areas of New Testament, New Testament Greek, Greek Exegesis, and Theological Research & Writing. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature and the American Association of Teachers of French.