Dr. Heath Thomas

Dean, College of Theology and Ministry
Interim Dean, Behavioral and Social Sciences & Language & Literature
Associate Vice President for Church Relations
Floyd K. Clark Chair of Christian Leadership
Professor of Old Testament
Office Location Montgomery Hall, 201
Phone (Office) 405.585.4426
OBU Mailbox # 61273
Email heath.thomas@okbu.edu


Dr. Heath Thomas was installed as Dean of the Hobbs College for Theology and Ministry in December 2015. He also serves as Associate Vice President for Church Relations and Professor of Old Testament at OBU. Prior to arriving at Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Thomas served as Director of Ph.D. Studies and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

An OBU graduate (1998), Dr. Thomas also holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Gloucestershire (UK). Dr. Thomas has served on staff at churches in Oklahoma, Texas, North Carolina, and in the United Kingdom. Passionate about opening up the Scriptures for today, he preaches and teaches regularly, and serves as interim pastor when he is able. Dr. Thomas is married to Jill and they have four children (Harrison, Isabelle, Simon, and Sophia). They reside in the Shawnee area with their magnificent Weimaraner, Smoky. 

Professionally, Dr. Thomas sustains a recurring interest on the biblical books of Lamentations and the Minor Prophets, and he has published a number of works related to these (see CV). He also maintains research interests on lament literature in Scripture, a Christian theology of lament, and theological interpretation of Scripture. He is currently writing commentaries and monographs on the Minor Prophets, among some other projects. 


  • B.A., English Lit., Oklahoma Baptist University
  • M.A., Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Old Testament, University of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom) 


  • Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Tyndale Fellowship (Old Testament)
  • Evangelical Theological Society

Select Publication

(for full list, see CV)


Heath Thomas and Craig G. Bartholomew (eds.) A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016.

Heath A. Thomas. Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book of Habakkuk. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2016.

Heath A. Thomas and J.D. Greear. Exalting Jesus in 1-2 Samuel. Christ Centered Exposition Commentary. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference, 2016. 

Heath A. Thomas. Poetry & Theology in the Book of Lamentations: The Aesthetics of an Open Text. Hebrew Bible Monographs. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013.

Heath Thomas, Paul Copan, and Jeremy Evans (eds.) Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Heath A. Thomas. “A Survey of Research on Lamentations (2002—2012).” Currents in Biblical Research 12/1(2013): 8-38.

Heath A. Thomas. “The Meaning of zolela One More Time.” Vetus Testamentum 61.3(2011): 489-98.

Heath A. Thomas. “Building House to House (Isa 5:8): Theological Reflection on Land Development and Creation Care.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 21.2(2011): 205-28.

Book Chapters

Heath A. Thomas. “The Telos (Goal) of Theological Interpretation.” Pages 197-217. In Craig G. Bartholomew and Heath A. Thomas (eds.) A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016). 

Heath A. Thomas. “Suffering Has its Voice: Divine Violence, Pain and Prayer.” Pages 91 – 111. In Blair Wilgus and M. Daniel Carroll R. (eds.) Wrestling with the Violence of God: Soundings in the Old Testament. BBRSup. (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015).

Heath A. Thomas. “Hearing the Minor Prophets: The Book of the Twelve and God’s Address.” Pages 356-82. In Hearing the Old Testament: Listening for God’s Address. Edited by Craig Bartholomew and David Beldman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.

Heath A. Thomas. “Life & Death in Deuteronomy.” In Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches. Pages 177-193. Edited by Philip Johnston and David Firth. Nottingham, UK: Apollos / Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012.

Heath A. Thomas. “I Will Hope in Him: Theology and Hope in Lamentations.” Pages 203-21. In A God of Faithfulness: Essays in Honour of J. Gordon McConville on His 60th Birthday. Edited by G. J. Wenham, J. Grant, and A. Lo. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. 538. London: T & T Clark, 2011.