Dan is Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (has taught there for more than 32 years) and Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. He earned a B.A. at Biola University (1975) with a major in biblical studies and minor in Greek; graduated magna cum laude from Dallas Seminary with a ThM degree (1979), with the equivalent of a major in Old Testament studies and a double major in New Testament Studies; graduated summa cum laude from Dallas Seminary with a PhD in New Testament studies (1995). He has done postdoctoral study at Tyndale House, Christ’s College, Clare College, and Westminster College, Cambridge; the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (Institute for New Testament Textual Research), Münster, Germany, Tübingen University; Glasgow University; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library), Munich; the National Library of Greece, Athens; as well as various libraries and monasteries in Europe, Australia, America, and Africa.
He is a member of several scholarly societies including Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Institute for Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, American Society of Papyrologists, and Evangelical Theological Society (former president). He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Henry C. Thiessen Award for best work in New Testament at Dallas Seminary (1979); the William M. Anderson Scholarship Award for best work in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Dallas Seminary; multiple Who’s Who lists; finalist in the Gold Medallion Award for two books in different categories; and an award for the best article in New Testament in Christianity Today’s fourth annual volume of Best in Theology (1990), and the Evangelical Press Association’s award for the best critical book review of the year (2012). Wallace has published in more journals than any faculty member in Dallas Seminary’s history—including New Testament Studies (the premier international journal for New Testament; Cambridge, England); Novum Testamentum (Leiden, Holland); Biblica (The Vatican); Bulletin for Biblical Research (Cambridge, England); Christianity Today; Westminster Theological Journal (Philadelphia); Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Bibliotheca sacra (Dallas); Criswell Theological Review (Dallas); Grace Theological Journal (Winona Lake, IN); Conservative Theological Journal; Unio cum Christo; Themelios; Notes on Translation; Bible Translator; Critical Review of Books; Review of Biblical Literature; Wittenburg Door; and International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences.
Wallace has written chapters in four Festschriften (Homer Kent, Harold Hoehner, Michael Holmes, and Bruce Metzger), and is currently working on a chapter for another Festschrift. Wallace has also been interviewed (often multiple times) by Christianity Today, the Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, National Post (Canada), US News and World Report, Boston Globe, Kindred Spirit, Forbes, and many others. His television/film interviews/appearances include The John Ankerberg Show; Day of Discovery; The DayStar’s Celebration!; WFAA News (Dallas area ABC affiliate); the movie Jesus of Testimony; the Jesus Film; Coral Ridge Program; CBN News; the CNN closed-circuit channels at American Airlines hubs; as well as scores of radio shows and websites including Moody Broadcasting Network, and an Arabic Christian website in Alexandria, Egypt (where he discussed the textual transmission of the Qur’an in comparison to the New Testament).
Wallace wrote the official eulogies for Harold Hoehner (Society of Biblical Literature) and Bruce Metzger (Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society).
He has written, co-authored, edited, or contributed to more than three dozen books.
As an internationally known Greek New Testament scholar, Wallace has been a consultant for four Bible translations—ESV, TNIV, New King James Bible, and New English Translation. He has also contributed articles to the ESV Study Bible and the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible.
Wallace is a frequent speaker at universities, seminaries, churches, colleges, and apologetics conferences, including St Andrews University, Oxford University, London School of Theology, University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), Baylor University, Purdue University, Weber State University, University of Athens (Greece), Akron University, Southeastern Baptist Seminary, University of North Texas, Southeastern European Theological Seminary (Tirana, Albania), Trinity Theological College (Perth, Australia), Southern Methodist University, Northwest Oklahoma State University, Miami University of Ohio, Florida International University, Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, Knox Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Escola Teologica Charles Spurgeon (Fortaleza, Brazil), Freed-Hardeman University, Evangelical Free Church of Hong Kong, and the Asian Christian Academy (Bangalore, India). He has given the Staley lectureship (2001), the inaugural and a later Lamplighters lecture (2004, 2007), Annual Conference Lectureship for the Northwest London Diocese of Anglican Priests, London (2009); and he has been a frequent speaker at various apologetics conferences. At New Orleans Baptist Seminary in 2008, at the fourth annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, he debated Bart D. Ehrman on the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts as witnesses to the original text (the debate later came out as a book by Fortress Press). Bart and Dan debated again at Southern Methodist University on Oct 1, 2011 before the largest crowd ever assembled (1425 people) to witness a debate on textual criticism. A third debate, on Feb 1, 2012, was held at North Carolina Chapel Hill, where Ehrman is a professor.
To see/hear latest interviews (CNN one-minute video, airing in May 2010 at American Airlines hubs at all major North American airports, and three-minute audio interview on all American and Delta flights in May and June 2010), and information about the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM), please visit CSNTM. Recently, CSNTM has also joined iTunes U. The video clips they have uploaded have been extremely well received, with over 60,000 downloads in the first few days. The videos are intended for a lay audience.
Dan is a fourth-generation Californian, who grew up in Newport Beach. He has been transplanted against his will to Texas. He always welcomes an opportunity to come home. Dan and his wife, Pati, have been married for more than 40 years. They met at Biola University and within minutes stole a car together! They have four adult sons—Noah, Ben, Andrew, and Zack, three daughters-in-law, three granddaughters and one grandson. They also have a Labrador Retriever named Porter.