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Gordon Fee

Gordon Fee
Born Gordon Donald Fee
1934 (age 81–82)
Ashland, Oregon, United States
Nationality American-Canadian
Occupation Christian theologian
Known for Pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament
Denomination Pentecostal
Academic background
Alma mater University of Southern California
Academic work
Discipline New Testament studies
Notable works The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NICNT)
Paul's Letter to the Philippians (NICNT)
The First and Second Letter to the Thessalonians (NICNT)
Notable ideas Western text-type in sections of Gospel of John

Gordon Donald Fee (born 1934) is an American-Canadian Christian theologian and an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God (USA). He currently serves as Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Views 2
    • Christian egalitarianism 2.1
    • Pentecostal distinctives 2.2
    • Opposition to prosperity theology 2.3
  • Works 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Fee was born in 1934 in Ashland, Oregon, to Donald Horace Fee (1907–1999) and Gracy Irene Jacobson (1906–1973). He has one older sister, Donna Mae. His father was an Assemblies of God minister who pastored several churches in Washington state. Fee received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seattle Pacific University and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.[2] On April 21, 2010, Fee was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where Fee has taught in the past and where a building is named for his father, Donald Fee. After teaching briefly at Wheaton College in Illinois and for several years at Vanguard University of Southern California, Fee taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts from the Fall of 1974 until 1986. He then moved to Regent College where he is now professor emeritus.[2]

Fee is considered a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament.[3] He is also the author of books on biblical exegesis, including the popular introductory work How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth (co-authored with Douglas Stuart), the "sequel," How to Read the Bible, Book by Book, How to Choose a Translation for all its Worth (co-authored with Mark L. Strauss) and a major commentary on 1 Corinthians as well as numerous other commentaries on various books in the New Testament. In the 1990s, he succeeded F.F. Bruce to become the editor of the notable evangelical commentary series, the New International Commentary on the New Testament of which his commentaries on 1 Corinthians and Philippians are a part.

Fee is a member of the CBT (Committee on Bible Translation) that translated the New International Version (NIV) and its revision, the Today's New International Version (TNIV).[3] He also serves on the advisory board of the International Institute for Christian Studies.[4]

He discovered that Codex Sinaiticus in Gospel of John 1:1-8:38 and in some other parts of this Gospel does not represent the Alexandrian text-type but the Western text-type.[5]

In 2012, Fee announced that he is retiring as general editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series due to the fact that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.


Christian egalitarianism

Fee is a Christian egalitarian and was a contributing editor to the key Christian egalitarian book Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without hierarchy (2004). His above mentioned commentary consistently translates the generic "men" as "men and women" with an explanatory footnote. He is also a member of the board of reference for Christians for Biblical Equality, a group of evangelical Christians who believe the Bible teaches complete equality between men and women and that all Christians, regardless of gender "must exercise their God-given gifts with equal authority and equal responsibility in church, home and world".[6]

Pentecostal distinctives

Fee is a Pentecostal; nevertheless, he has disagreed with some long held and deeply cherished Pentecostal beliefs. Specifically, he has questioned article 7 of the Assemblies of God Statement of Fundamental Truths, which articulates a classical Pentecostal understanding of baptism in the Holy Spirit as subsequent to and separate from Christian conversion. In "Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The Issue of Separability and Subsequence", Fee writes that there is little biblical evidence to prove the traditional Pentecostal doctrinal position.[7]

On the other hand, he maintains that "the Pentecostal experience itself can be defended on exegetical grounds as a thoroughly biblical phenomenon".[8] Fee believes that in the early church, the Pentecostal experience was an expected part of conversion:

The crucial item in all this for the early church was the work of the Spirit; and [the empowerment for life], the dynamic empowering dimension with gifts, miracles, and evangelism (along with fruit and growth), was a normal part of their expectation and experience.[9]

Fee believes the Spirit's empowerment is a necessary element in the life of the Church that has too often been neglected.[10] It is this neglect, Fee argues, that led early Pentecostals to seek the presence and power of the Spirit in experiences which they identified as baptism in the Holy Spirit.[11]

Opposition to prosperity theology

He is a strong opponent of the prosperity gospel and published a 1985 book entitled The Disease of the Health and Wealth Gospels.[12]


  • The First Epistle to the Corinthians, NICNT 1987, 904 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-2507-0
  • God's Empowering Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Letters of Paul, BSIS, 1994. ISBN 0-943575-94-X
  • Paul's Letter to the Philippians, NICNT, 1995, 543 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-2511-7
  • Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study. Baker Academic, 2007, 744 pages, ISBN 978-0-8010-4625-4
  • The First and Second Letter to the Thessalonians, NICNT, 2009, 400 pages. ISBN 978-0-8028-6362-1
  • 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, NIBC, 1988, 332 pages. ISBN 0-943575-10-9
  • How to read the Bible for all its worth Zondervan 1981


  1. ^ Gordon Fee online, accessed June 4, 2011.
  2. ^ a b, Meet Gordon Fee, August 2008, accessed June 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Committee on Bible Translation, Gordon Fee Biography, accessed June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ International Institute for Christian Studies, Board of Advisors, accessed June 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Gordon D. Fee, Codex Sinaiticus in the Gospel of John: A Contribution to Methodology in Establishing Textual Relationships, Studies in the Theory and Method of New Testament Textual Criticism, Wm. Eerdmans Publishing 1993, pp. 221-243.
  6. ^ Christians for Biblical Equality, Leadership and Our Mission and History, accessed June 4, 2011.
  7. ^ Gordon D Fee. "Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The Issue of Separability and Subsequence," Pneuma: The Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies 7:2 (Fall 1985), p. 88.
  8. ^ Fee (1985), "Baptism in the Holy Spirit", 91.
  9. ^ Fee (1985), "Baptism in the Holy Spirit", 97.
  10. ^ Fee (1985), "Baptism in the Holy Spirit", 95-96.
  11. ^ Fee (1985), "Baptism in the Holy Spirit", 98.
  12. ^ See his booklet entitled The Disease of the Health and Wealth Gospels, Regent College Publishing, January 1, 1985, ISBN 1-57383-066-6.

External links

  • Gordon Fee and Basic Rules for New Testament Exegesis
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