DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.Div., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
  • B.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills


Joe Hellerman has taught at Talbot for more than a decade and ministered in the church most of his adult life. Joe's seminary training (at Talbot) focused on Old Testament studies, while his doctoral research at UCLA dealt with the social history of the early Christians. Joe has authored three academic monographs: The Ancient Church as Family (Fortress Press, 2001), Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007). He has also written two books about Christian community for pastors and other church leaders: When The Church Was A Family (B & H Press, 2009) and Embracing Shared Leadership (Kregel, 2013). In addition to his full-time duties with our New Testament Department, Joe presently serves as co-pastor at Oceanside Christian Fellowship in El Segundo. Joe is constantly encouraged and delighted by the love he receives from his wife Joann and his two adult daughters, Rebekah and Rachel. Away from Talbot, you might find Joe playing jazz-rock piano or fishing on a sportboat in the Pacific Ocean.


  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Academy of Homiletics and Religious Communication Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature



  • Why We Need the Church to Become More Like Jesus: Reflections about Community, Spiritual Formation, and the Story of Scripture, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Cascade Books, 2017)
  • Philippians, Exegetical Guidebook to the Greek New Testament, Hellerman, Joseph H. (B&H Academic, 2015)
  • Embracing Shared Ministry, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Kregel, 2013)
  • When the Church Was a Family, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Broadman & Holman, 2009)
  • Jesus and the People of God: Reconfiguring Ethnic Identity, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2007)
  • Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi: Carmen Christi as Cursus Pudorum, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • The Ancient Church As Family, Hellerman, Joseph H. (Fortress Press 2001)

Journal Articles

  • “Vindicating God’s Servants in Philippi and in Philippians: The Influence of Paul’s Ministry in Philippi upon the Composition of Philippians 2:6-11.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 20.1 (2010).
  • “Form of God’ as a Signifier of Social Status in Philippians 2:6.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52.4 (2009).
  • “Brothers and Friends in Philippi: Family Honor in the Roman World and in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 39.1 (February 2009)
  • “When the Church was a Family: Revisioning Christian Community in Light of Ancient Social Values.” Journal for the American Society for Church Growth (Fall 2003).
  • “Purity and Nationalism in Second Temple Literature: 1-2 Maccabees and Jubilees.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (October 2003).
  • “The Humiliation of Christ in the Social World of Roman Philippi, Part 2.” Bibliothecra Sacra 160 (October-December 2003) 421-33.
  • “The Humiliation of Christ in the Social World of Roman Philippi, Part 1.” Bibliothecra Sacra 160 (July-September 2003) 321-36.
  • “Wealth and Sacrifice in Early Christianity: Revisiting Mark's Presentation of Jesus' Encounter with the Rich Young Ruler.” Trinity Journal, 21.2 (Fall 2000).
  • “Challenging the Authority of Jesus: Mark 11:27-33 and Mediterranean Notions of Honor and Shame.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 43.2 (June 2000).


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Biblical Languages
  • Church
  • Historical Jesus
  • New Testament
  • Pastoring
  • Spiritual Formation
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