Dr. Briones was born and raised in California. After becoming a Christian at the age of 18, he received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Life Pacific University and a M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He then became convinced of covenant theology at a pub in England, where he earned a M.A. in Theology and Religion and a Ph.D. in New Testament at Durham University under the supervision of John M.G. Barclay.
Dr. Briones has taught Greek, New Testament, Biblical Backgrounds, and Biblical Theology at several institutions, but he most recently served as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (2019-2023) and Reformation Bible College (2014-19). He has authored Paul’s Financial Policy: A Socio-Theological Approach (T&T Clark) and co-edited Paul and Seneca in Dialogue (Brill) and Paul and the Giants of Philosophy (IVP Academic). He has also written several essays in edited volumes, such as the Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (2nd Edition; IVP Academic), and published articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He is currently finishing a Philemon commentary for the International Theological Commentary series (T&T Clark) and has other book projects in progress: two commentaries on Philippians and 2 Corinthians and a co-written book on the Apocrypha. All these things are counted as gifts of grace that he hopes will bless the church.
As a churchman, Dr. Briones serves as an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, preaching and teaching whenever possible. He and his wife, Mindy, have four children.