Kendall A. Davis (BA, MDiv, STM)

Thesis title: Jesus and the Anointing of God: Messianic Christology in Luke and Acts


Kendall A. Davis is a PhD student in New Testament and Christian Origins working under the supervision of Matthew Novenson. He is a graduate of Concordia University Irvine (BA) and Concordia Seminary (MDiv, STM). His dissertation focuses on messianism and Christology in Luke and Acts, examining the uses of the term "christos" and its cognates in the Lukan corpus. He is a candidate for ordination in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. 


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BA (Biblical Languages & Theatre) at Concordia University Irvine (Irvine, California)

Master of Divinity at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri)

Master of Sacred Theology (Exegetical Theology) at Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri)

Research summary

My current research focuses especially on Christology in the synoptic Gospels. Other interests include literary and theological readings of scripture, linguistics in biblical studies, hermeneutics, biblical theology, and patristic readings of scripture. My overarching interests focus on the reading of scripture in ecclesiastical settings and the conversation between theology and scripture.

Papers delivered

“Moved to Awe and Wonder: Ambiguity in Luke’s Infancy Narrative.” Graduate Symposium, European Association of Biblical Studies. Graz, Austria. February 21, 2024.


“Caesar Jesus? The Kingship of Jesus and Political Authorities.” Theological Symposium, Concordia Seminary. St. Louis, MO. September 19, 2023.


“Titles for Jesus and New Testament Christology.” Graduate Symposium, European Association of Biblical Studies, Jerusalem, Israel. March 28, 2023.


“The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Christianity as Revelatory Religious Experience: Faith, Christology, and Israel’s Scriptures in the Gospel of Luke.” Graduate Conference on Early Christian Studies. Department of Classics, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. May 23, 2022.


“The Redemption of Our Bodies: Jesus’ Healings and a Gospel-Centered Theology of the Body.” Symposium on Exegetical Theology: Recovering a Theology of the Body. Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, In. January 19, 2022.