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Themelios [the-mel-i-os - “foundation”] is an international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well.

It began in 1975 and was operated by RTSF/UCCF in the UK, and it became a digital journal operated by The Gospel Coalition in 2008. The editorial team draws participants from across the globe as editors, essayists, and reviewers.

Themelios is published three times a year online at The Gospel Coalition website in PDF and HTML, and may be purchased in digital format with Logos Bible Software and in print with Wipf and Stock. It is also accessible in full-text through the ATLA Religion Database.

Readers are free to use it and circulate it in digital form without further permission, but they must acknowledge the source and may not change the content.



  • Brian J. Tabb — Editor

    Bethlehem College & Seminary EMAIL

  • D. A. Carson — Contributing Editor & President

    The Gospel Coalition EMAIL

  • Daniel Strange - Contributing Editor

    Oak Hill Theological College EMAIL

  • Andrew David Naselli — Administrator

    Bethlehem College & Seminary EMAIL

  • David Sloan — Designer

    Trinity Evangelical Divinity School EMAIL

Book Review Editors

  • Peter Lau — Old Testament

    OMF International EMAIL

  • Geoff Chang — History & Historical Theology

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary EMAIL

  • Matthew Bennet — Mission & Culture

    Cedarville University EMAIL

  • David Starling — New Testament

    Morling College EMAIL

  • David Garner — Systematic Theology

    Westminster Theological Seminary EMAIL

  • Rob Smith — Ethics & Pastoralia

    Sydney Missionary & Bible College EMAIL

Editorial Board

    • Gerald Bray

      Beeson Divinity School

    • Hassell Bullock

      Wheaton College

    • Benjamin Gladd

      Reformed Theological Seminary

    • Paul Helseth

      Paul Helseth

      • Paul House

        Beeson Divinity School

      • Hans Madueme

        Covenant College

      • Ken Magnuson

        The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

      • Gavin Ortlund

        First Baptist Church, Ojai

      • Ken Stewart

        Covenant College

      • Mark D. Thompson

        Moore Theological College

      • Paul Williamson

        Moore Theological College

      • Mary Willson

        Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis

      • Stephen Witmer

        Pepperell Christian Fellowship

      • Robert Yarbrough

        Covenant Seminary



Themelios typically publishes articles that are 4,000 to 10,000 words (including footnotes).

Prospective contributors to Themelios should submit articles electronically by email to the General Editor in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

Themelios utilizes a blind peer-review process, so manuscript submissions should not include the author’s name or institutional affiliation.

Articles should use clear, concise English and should consistently adopt either UK or USA spelling and punctuation conventions.

Special characters (such as Greek and Hebrew) require a Unicode font.

Abbreviations and bibliographic references should conform to The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd edition), supplemented by The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition).

For examples of the journal’s style, consult the most recent Themelios issues and the contributor guidelines.

Book Reviews

The book review editors generally select individuals for book reviews, but potential reviewers may contact them about reviewing specific books.

As part of arranging book reviews, the book review editors will supply book review guidelines to reviewers.