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Lois Dow

Professor Emerita of New Testament and Greek

Lois served as a theological educator in Nigeria with the Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada for 30 years, teaching mainly Bible, Greek, and Missions. She was also very involved with the early stages of the Nigerian missionary movement, participating in trips to unreached areas/people groups, research, and training. She now lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Dr. Tom Dow.

Practical Ministry Experience:
United Missionary Church of Africa Theological College, Ilorin, Nigeria most of 1974-2004, teaching mainly Bible and Missions, and involved in the ministry of the local church (visitation, Bible Studies, Preaching, evangelistic tours)
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Teaching Fellow in NT Greek: 1981-1982
Nigeria Evangelical Missionary Institute, Jos, Nigeria 1989-1994, Academic Dean, teaching Missions and supervising student fieldwork
McMaster Divinity College, teaching Intro to NT Greek and PhD seminar on Papyrology 2004-present

Research Interests:
Hellenistic Greek Grammar, Greek Papyrology, New Testament Theology

Current Projects:
Aspect variation in early manuscripts of John’s Gospel; Middle Voice in Hellenistic Greek

PhD dissertation published as: Lois K. Fuller Dow, Images of Zion:Biblical Antecedents for the New Jerusalem. New Testament Monographs 26. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2010.

Textbooks for Nigeria
A Biblical Theology of Missions: God’s Great Project for the Blessing of All Nations. Bukuru, Nigeria: Africa Christian Textbooks, 2005.
A Missionary Handbook on African Traditional Religion. Jos: ACTS, 1st edition 1994, 2nd edition 2001.
Going to the Nations: An Introduction to Cross-cultural Missions. Jos: NEMI, 1988, 3rd edition 2001. Hausa translation published by ECWA curriculum centre, Jos.
The Pentateuch: Foundation of God’s Message to the World. Jos: ACTS, 1996.
You Can Learn New Testament Greek. Kaduna: Baraka, 1994.
Missionaries and Their Work. Jos: NEMI, 1991, 2nd edition 1995.

Mission History and Research, Nigeria
Faith of our Fathers, Life Stories of Some UMCA Elders, edited by Lois Fuller. Ilorin: World Partners, 1999.
Adventures for God: Stories of Missionary Pioneers, edited by Lois Fuller. Jos: NEMI, 1994.
A Nation to Win: Nigeria National Survey Vol. I, by Niyi Gbade, Lois Fuller, Patience Ahmed and Dan J. Yang. Jos: NEMA, 1989.

New Testament and Greek Articles

“Commentaries on Revelation,” in On The Writing of New Testament Commentaries: Festschrift for Grant R. Osborne on the Occasion of His 70th Birthday, edited by Stanley E. Porter and Eckhard J. Schnabel, 421-448. Leiden: Brill, 2013.

“The Social-Scientific Criticism of Philip F. Esler,” in Stanley E. Porter and Sean A. Adams (eds.), Pillars in the History of New Testament Interpretation: Old and New. [forthcoming].

“The Structuralism of Edmund Leach,” in Stanley E. Porter and Sean A. Adams (eds.), Pillars in the History of New Testament Interpretation: Old and New. [forthcoming].

“Understanding κλῆσις in the New Testament.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 6 (2009) 191-198.

“The ‘Genitive Absolute’ in New Testament/Hellenistic Greek: a Proposal for Clearer Understanding.” Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 3 (2006), pp. 142–167.

“The Noisiest Book in the Bible: the Function of Noise and Silence in the Book of Revelation.” African Journal of Biblical Studies 18.2 (Oct 2002), pp. 62–73.

“Slaves of God/ Sons of God”, UMTC Journal of Theology 1.1 (June 1995), pp. 41–46.

Missions Articles

“Training Workers,” in Towards the Evangelization of Nigeria by AD 2000 and Beyond, edited by Reuben Ezemadu. Ibadan: NEMA/AD 2000 Movement Nigeria, 1990, pages 124-132.

“Nigeria Evangelical Missionary Institute: A Case Study,” in Internationalising Missionary Training edited by William David Taylor, Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991, pages 81-95.

“Starting a Missionary Training Program,” in Establishing Ministry Training, Robert W. Ferris editor. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1995, pages 121-138.

“Transforming a Profile into Training Goals,” by Robert Ferris and Lois Fuller in Establishing Ministry Training, Robert W. Ferris editor. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1995, pages 43-63.

“Theological Factors to be Borne in Mind in Designing a Curriculum for Adequately Rounded Missions Training in Africa,” by Lois K. Fuller and J. Clare Fuller in Training God’s Servants. Jos: AEA, 1997, pp. 151-159.

“Singleness and Cross-cultural Missions,” in Equipping the Harvest Force, edited by Timothy O. Olonade. Jos: CAPRO Media, 2000, pp. 51-59.

“Starting and Improving a Missionary Training Programme” (pp. 23-48), “The Essential Characteristics of an Effective Missionary Trainer” (pp. 63-70), “Use of Competencies Profile” (pp. 89-94), “Evaluating the Training Process” (pp. 121-129), in Competence in Missionary Training, edited by Segun Adekoya and Timothy O. Olonade, Jos: ACTS/NEMA, 2001.

“The Missionary’s Role in Developing Indigenous Christian Theology,” Evangelical Missions Quarterly 10 (Oct 1997), pp. –.


McMaster Divinity College
Hamilton, ON, Canada
London School of Theology/Brunel University
Trinity Evangelical Divinity College
Deerfield, IL, USA
BA (Linguistics)
Univeristy of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada
Emmanuel Bible College
Kitchener, ON, Canada

Recent Publications

Title Professor Name Year
Journal Of Greco-Roman Christianity And Judaism 3 Lois Dow, Lois Dow, Stanley E. Porter, Wendy J. Porter 2006
book cover Journal Of Greco-Roman Christianity And Judaism 7 Lois Dow, Stanley E. Porter, Wendy J. Porter 2010