Today on the podcast we have Dr. Ben Witherington III, Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Seminary. Dr. Witherington joins us to talk about his book Sola Scriptura, which released in October of 2023. In this episode we talk about what inspired him to write this book, the history of the phrase ‘sola Scriptura’, why biblical literacy is important, and why he remains a passionate student of scripture. We also talk about Dr. Witherington’s love for music, baseball and Tar Heel basketball.


*The views expressed in this podcast don’t necessarily reflect the views of Asbury Seminary.

Dr. Ben Witherington III, Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies

Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995 after teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary for more than a decade. He has also taught at High Point College, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 60 books, including commentaries on every book of the New Testament, including The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus, Mary Magdalene and Da Vinci (2004), The Problem With Evangelical Theory: Testing the Exegetical Foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism (2005), and The New Testament Story (2004).

Dr. Witherington, who has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible, is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. He is also an emeritus professor of New Testament at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Dr. Witherington has also spoken to many groups about his topics of expertise, and even had the opportunity to preach at the National Chapel in May of 2006. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan.

Wes Wilcox, host of Thrive with Asbury Seminary

Wes is a worship leader, artist and podcast host. He loves talking with people about their passions and what helps them thrive. When he is not drawing or playing music, he is likely relaxing with his best friend and wife, Heidi, and their dog Barney.