Kenneth A. Mathews
Professor of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School
Old Testament
Office:  Divinity Hall
Phone: 205-726-2661

Kenneth Mathews teaches Old Testament and Hebrew. His book, The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll (coauthored with David Noel Freedman), was the first full study of the Leviticus Dead Sea Scroll. He is the author of Genesis 1–11:26 and Genesis 11:27–50:26 in the New American Commentary series (as well as associate general editor of that series),  Leviticus: Holy God, Holy People in the Preaching the Word series,Joshua in the Teach the Text Commentary series, and coauthor of The Post-Racial Church. He translated “Leviticus” for The New Living Translation, and he is associate editor of the Old Testament for the new Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation Commentary Series from B&H. He is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention. He serves as an itinerant preacher, conference speaker, and Bible teacher, and is a member of the Editorial Board of the online journal Journal of the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (2012--). He and his wife, Dea, have two adult children and seven grandchildren.


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Dallas Baptist University

Research Interests

  • Old Testament
  • Pentateuchal Studies
  • Hebrew
  • Genesis
  • Deuteronomy