Pilgrimages of the Heart: The Lives of Israel’s Ancestors

Kenneth Mathews

2023 Lecturer: Kenneth A. Mathews

Retired professor of Old Testament, Beeson Divinity School

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


Kenneth A. Mathews taught at Beeson Divinity School as a professor of divinity in Hebrew and Old Testament for 33 years. He previously taught at Criswell College, Dallas TX, for nine years. Before that, he was an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books including co-author (with David Noel Freedman) of the Dead Sea Scroll text The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll (11QpaleoLev), commentaries on Leviticus and Joshua, and co-author (with Beeson’s Sydney Park) of The Post-Racial Church. He is associate general editor OT of The New American Commentary and assistant editor of the Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary. He is an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.

He is married to Dea (52 years) and they are the parents of two children, seven grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter with God and one great-grandson.

Worship Service

"Waiting on God"

Feb. 21, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

Lecture One

"Wrestling with God"

Feb. 22, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School, N-101

Lecture Two

"Seeing God’s Presence in Absence"

Feb. 23, 2023, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School, Hodges Chapel

About the Biblical Studies Lectures

Each Spring, Beeson Divinity School hosts the Biblical Studies Lectures, one of three annual lectureships, to enrich the spiritual life of our community and enhance the educational experience of our students. Guest speakers committed to the proclamation of the Holy Scripture are chosen because they pursue their study of the Bible with the utmost academic rigor and integrity. Their scholarship serves as an example of the faithful and diligent attention to the study of Scripture that we hope to instill in our students. We believe a strong foundation in basic theological disciplines is essential and is reflected in the curriculum. Nearly one-third of the requirements for the Master of Divinity program is devoted to the study of the Bible and the language in which it is written.

Each year, guest lecturers for the series alternate between Old and New Testament scholars. Past lecturers include Darrell Bock, Gordon Wenham, Robert P. Gordon, N. T. Wright, Gordon Fee, Walter Kaiser, D. A. Carson, J. Gordon McConville, Peter Stuhlmacher, Karen Jobes, Christopher Wright, and Richard Bauckham. Recordings of past lectures are available in the Beeson Media Center.

Services are open to the public free of charge.