Dr. Chad Thornhill

Chad ThornhillChair, Theological Studies

Email: acthornhill@liberty.edu
(434) 592-3897


  • Ph.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A.R., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S., Liberty University

Recent Courses

  • APOL 697: Rise of Secular Humanism
  • NBST 510: New Testament Introduction
  • NGRK 520: Beginning Greek I
  • NBST 640: Apologetic Issues in the New Testament
  • NBST/THEO 697: Paul and Judaism
  • NGRK 620: Greek Syntax
  • NGRK 644: Greek Exegesis: Ephesians


Originally from Culpeper, Virginia, Dr. Thornhill transferred to Liberty University to complete a B.S. degree in Religion. He began working at the University in 2004 while also working on an M.A.R., and eventually completed a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics through the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Thornhill teaches courses in New Testament Greek, Apologetics, and Theology.
Dr. Thornhill and his wife Caroline have one son and two daughters. In his spare time, Dr. Thornhill enjoys following college sports and NFL football, reading, rock climbing, and playing guitar and banjo.



Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application

Baker Books, September 2016

The Chosen People: Election, Paul, and Second Temple Judaism

IVP Academic, 2015

The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History (multiple entries)

Harvest House Publishers, 2013

Lexham Bible Dictionary (multiple entries)

Lexham, 2011


"A Theology of Psalm 88." Evangelical Quarterly


"'Spheres of Influence' in the Epistle to the Galatians." Horizons in Biblical Theology


“Parham, C. F.” The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History: The People, Places, and Events that Shaped Christianity.


“Pelagianism.” The Popular Encyclopedia of Church History: The People, Places, and Events that Shaped Christianity.


“The Resurrection of Jesus and Spiritual (Trans)Formation” (Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care)

“Scholarship and Ministry in the Life and Thought of Augustine,” Eleutheria 1:2 2011


Web Publications

Book Reviews

  • Review of Brian S. Rosner, Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God. NeoTestamentica, 49:1 (2015): 208-211.
  • Review of David R. Wallace, Election of the Lesser Son: Paul’s Lament Midrash in Romans 9-11. Review of Biblical Literature, 6 (June 2015).
  • Review of Preston M. Sprinkle, Paul & Judaism Revisited: A Study of Divine and Human Agency in Salvation. Neotestamentica, 47:2 (2014): 414-418.
  • Review of Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel. Eleutheria, 2:1 (Winter 2012): 95-98.


  • “Discovering the Jewish Roots of Paul’s Election Theology.” Presented at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, April 7, 2016.
  • “How Christian Is Our Integration?” Presented at Liberty University, Faith and Learning Integration Series, October 20, 2015.
  • “Anti-Social Media: Communal Transformation and the Barriers of Technology.” Presented at Liberty University, Faith and Culture Lecture Series, October 1, 2015.
  • “Why All the Hate? Jacob and Esau Traditions in Early Judaism and in Paul’s Letter to the Romans.” Presented at the ETS Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 20, 2014.
  • “Incarnation or Deification? Recent Debate about Jesus’ Divinity.” Presented at Liberty University, Ratio Christi Lecture, March 24, 2014.