Bio: David Trobisch, Th.D., collection director


David J. Trobisch, Th. D., oversees the more than 40,000 rare biblical texts and artifacts that today comprise the Museum of the Bible Collection. As the collection’s director, Trobisch advises on new acquisitions, identifies story lines for the collection’s traveling exhibits and forthcoming international museum and supervises a team of some 30 scholars and curators from around the world.

Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of institutions as a biblical manuscript scholar and research consultant, including the American and German Bible Societies, the Institute for New Testament Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Trobisch’s academic work has concentrated on the formation of the Christian Bible, ancient New Testament manuscripts and the Epistles of Paul.

He previously taught New Testament at the Universities of Heidelberg, Yale Divinity School, and Bangor Theological Seminary, where he ended his teaching career at the rank of full professor holding a named chair.

Born and raised in Cameroon, West Africa, as the son of missionaries, Trobisch holds dual citizenship in the United States and Germany. Trobisch resides in Springfield, Missouri, and Heidelberg, Germany.

Quick Facts
  • Director: The Museum of the Bible Collection, one of the world’s largest private collection of rare biblical texts and artifacts
  • Scholar: Specialist of biblical manuscripts; he taught New Testament Studies at the University of Heidelberg, Yale Divinity School and Bangor Theological Seminary
  • Author: 10 books and numerous scholarly writings and articles
  • Expert: Biblical manuscripts and antiquities, Bible translation, New Testament literature, formation of the Christian Bible