Gordon Donald Fee
May 23, 1934
Ashland, Oregon, United States
|Known for||Pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament|
|Parent(s)||Donald Horace Fee and Gracy Irene Jacobson|
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|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
|Notable ideas||Western text-type in sections of Gospel of John|
Gordon Donald Fee (born May 23, 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, British Columbia, Canada.
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 where he wrote his dissertation on the Papyrus 66. 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.
Fee is considered a leading expert in pneumatology and textual criticism of the New Testament. 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). He also serves on the advisory board of the International Institute for Christian Studies.
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".
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.
On the other hand, he maintains that "the Pentecostal experience itself can be defended on exegetical grounds as a thoroughly biblical phenomenon". 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.
Fee believes the Spirit's empowerment is a necessary element in the life of the Church that has too often been neglected. 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.