Dr. Phil Strickland

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Dr. Phil Strickland
Dean, School of Graduate Studies phstrickland@tfc.edu


  • PhD, Christian Theology (specialization: Biblical Studies, New Testament): McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
  • MA, MDiv: Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL)
  • BA, Humanities and Biblical Studies: Point University (West Point, GA)
Publications & Research Interests


  • “A Review of Hebrews (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series) by Dana M. Harris.” Presbyterion 46.1 (Spring 2020): 174–76.
  • “The Curious Case of P72: What an Ancient Manuscript Can Tell Us about the Epistles of Peter and Jude” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60.4 (2017): 781–91.
  • “Le style, c’est l’homme: A Critical Assessment of the Use of Literary Stylistics in Defense of Lukan Authorship of Hebrews” Filología Neotestamentaria 30.50 (2017): 3–28.
  • “Epiphanes” in The Lexham Bible Dictionary (Lexham Press/Faithlife/Logos Bible Software, 2015).
  • “A Review of Old Testament Quotations in Hebrews by Georg A. Walser.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 13 (2017): R17–R21.
  • “A Review of Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview edited by John J. Collins and Daniel C. Harlow.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 11 (2015): R21–R26.
  • “A Review of The Later New Testament Writings and Scripture: The Old Testament in Acts, Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles and Revelation by Steve Moyise.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 10 (2014): R42–R46.


Research Interests

  • Hebrews and Catholic Epistles.
  • Gospel of Matthew.
  • Paul and the New Perspective.
  • Second Temple Judaism.
  • Social history and Social-Scientific Interpretation.
  • Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation.
  • Papyrology and Textual Criticism.
  • Old Testament in the New Testament.
  • Biblical Theology.
  • Greek Language and Linguistics.
Professional Associations
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
Hobbies & Fun Facts
  • Books on U.S. military and political history.
  • Martial arts.
  • Amateur astronomy.
  • Rock and fossil collecting.
  • Guitar.
  • Coaching youth baseball.
Favorite Verse/Quote

Hebrews 13:20–21

20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”


As someone who hails from Georgia, I’m passionate for ministry in this part of the country and believe the School of Graduate Studies at Toccoa Falls College has an incredible opportunity to make a positive difference as we prepare students for vocations infused with Christ-centered mission and purpose.