Dr. Matthew Emerson

Associate Professor of Religion
Dickinson Chair of Religion
Master of Arts Director
Office Location Montgomery Hall, 212
Phone (Office) 405.585.4429
OBU Mailbox # 61273
Email matthew.emerson@okbu.edu


Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson, Dickinson Associate Professor of Religion, earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and an M.Div. and Ph.D. in from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Emerson joined the OBU faculty in 2015. He previously taught at California Baptist University, where he served as Chair of the Arts and Sciences Department in the OPS Division. 

Emerson has authored or co-authored over 20 publications. His research interests include the Old Testament’s use in the New Testament, early Christian interpretation, and theological method. He serves as co-Executive Director of the Center for Baptist Renewal, co-editor of the Journal of Baptist Studies, steering committee member of the Scripture and Hermeneutics Seminar, and Senior Fellow for the Center of Ancient Christian Studies. He is also a member of a number of scholarly societies.

Emerson grew up in Huntsville, AL, where he met his future wife, Alicia. Married in 2006, they have five daughters.

He has served in local churches, both vocationally and as a volunteer, as a guest preacher, Sunday school teacher, small group leader, and men’s ministry director. He and his wife are both members at Frontline Church in Shawnee.

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  • B.A., Auburn University
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

  • REL 1013: Old Testament History and Literature
  • REL 1023: New Testament History and Literature
  • REL 2073: Biblical Hermeneutics
  • REL 2093: Former Prophets
  • REL 3083: Hebrew Wisdom Literature

Selected Publications

Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

Between the Cross and the Throne: Reading Revelation. Transformative Word Series. Edited by Craig Bartholomew and John D. Barry. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. Forthcoming, 2016.

Bartholomew, Craig G. and Matthew Y. Emerson. “Theological Interpretation For All of Life,” in A Manifesto for Theological Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming, 2016.

Emerson, Matthew Y. “Arbitrary Allegory, Typical Typology, or Intertextual Interpretation? Paul’s Use of the Pentateuch in Galatians 4:21–31.” Biblical Theology Bulletin 43.1 (2013): 14-22.

Emerson, Matthew Y.. “Facing Our Giants? Getting the Moral Sense Right in 1 Samuel 17.” Fides et Humilitas 1.1 (2014): 28–54.

Emerson, Matthew Y.. “‘He Descended to the Dead’: The Burial of Christ and the Eschatological Character of the Atonement.” Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 18/1 (Spring 2015).

Emerson, Matthew Y.. “Human Flourishing Through Imagining Communion in Revelation 19: Confronting Evil By Incorporating Christ’s Victory.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 32.2 (2014): 139–51.

Emerson, Matthew Y.. “Paul’s Eschatological Outlook in the Pastoral Epistles.” Criswell Theological Review 12.2 (2015): 83–98.

Emerson, Matthew Y.. “Victory, Atonement, Restoration, and Response: The Shape of the New Testament Canon and the Holistic Gospel Message.” Southeastern Theological Review 3/2 (2012): 177-194.


  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • North American Patristics Society