Peter Balla was born in 1962 in Budapest, Hungary. He was educated at the Reformed Theological Academy in Budapest (1980-85), and undertook postgraduate studies at Edinburgh University, obtaining the M.Th. (1988) and a Ph.D. (1994). He was a Humboldt scholar at the University of Heidelberg (1999-2000). In 2001 he was awarded his Habilitation degree from the Evangelical Lutheran Theological University in Budapest. He has taught at the Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary since 1994, where he is Professor of New Testament since 2002. He is the author of Challenges to New Testament Theology. He is married with four children.