Dr. Kenneth Schenck




Hebrews, Pauline Epistles, Development of New Testament Thought



Philo, Second Temple Judaism, Hermeneutics



Greek (classical and biblical), Hebrew, Latin, German, French; courses taken in Akkadian and Sanskrit



Societal Associations and Activities

Steering committee, Hebrews Consultation, Society of Biblical Literature, 2005-8.



Research and Teaching Awards

·                   Fulbright Scholar, Spring 2004, Tübingen, Germany, researching and lecturing on the topic: “Three Afterlife Traditions in Second Temple Judaism

·                   Professor of the Year, Spring 2003



Education (in reverse order)

University of Durham (’93- ’96), Ph.D. in Theology.

with James D. G. Dunn: “The Settings of the Sacrifice:  Eschatology and Cosmology in the Epistle to the Hebrews.”  British Academy Overseas Research Fellowship.  Term spent in Tübingen, Germany, with Hermann Lichtenberger. 


University of Kentucky (’91-’93), M.A. in Classical Languages and Literature. 

Postgraduate Fellowship.


Asbury Theological Seminary (’87-’90), M.Div.

Theta Phi honor society.  Ichthus New Testament Scholarship.


Southern Wesleyan University (’84-’87), B.A. in Religion, with concentrations in Theology, Biblical Literature, and Greek Bible. 

Alpha Chi honor society.  Summa cum laude.



Teaching Experience (in reverse order)

Full Time:

·       Professor of Religion (’97-), Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana—teaching primarily Pauline Letters, Hebrews, and General Epistles.

·       Visiting Lecturer (Winter, ’97), Sierra Leone Bible College, West Africa—taught Introduction to Historical Books, tutored in Pauline Epistles, Greek, and Hebrew.

·       Teaching Fellow in Biblical Languages (’90-’92), Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky—taught biblical Greek (beginning and intermediate) and Hebrew full time.


Adjunct (selective):

·       Affiliate professor of Inductive Bible Studies for Asbury Theological Seminary, online (2002-7)—Inductive Bible Studies, Matthew, and Romans

·       Adjunct teaching for the University of Notre Dame, Foundations of Theology (1999, 2001, 2002)

·       Part-time Lecturer for Cranmer Hall, Durham, England (’93-’96)—taught biblical Greek (readings in Mark 1-4) and Hebrew, as well as lectures on the Christology of the New Testament.

·       Part-time Professor of Ancient Languages (’92-’93), Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky—taught biblical Greek and classical Latin.


Relevant Positions (selective):

·       MDiv Director, Indiana Wesleyan University (Fall 2008)

·       Chair, Seminary Task Force (2008), Indiana Wesleyan University—tasked to make a recommendation to the President with regard to the creation of a seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.

·       Chair, MDiv Task Force (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University—tasked to make a recommendation to the President on the offering of an MDiv at the university.

·       Director of Visiting Scholars at Indiana Wesleyan University in conjunction with a grant from the Lilly Foundation for the scholarship of teaching and learning (2005-7)

·       Graduate Director of Religion (’99-’01), Indiana Wesleyan University—directing the graduate program in religion for IWU, involving graduate thesis advising, selection of course offerings, and general administration.


Online competence:

I have both written and taught online courses for Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary.




Books, Scholarly

·       Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews: The Setting of the Sacrifice (Cambridge University, 2007)

·       A Brief Guide to Philo (Westminster John Knox, 2005).

·       Understanding the Book of Hebrews (Westminster John Knox, 2003).


Books, Church Related

·       A Brief Guide to Biblical Interpretation (Triangle, 2008)

·       1 and 2 Corinthians, Wesleyan Biblical Commentary Series (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006) (popular commentary for the church)

·       Why Wesleyans Favor Women in Ministry (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2004).

·       Jesus is Lord: An Introduction to the New Testament (Triangle, 2003).


Scholarly Articles, Published

·       “2 Corinthians 4:13 and the πιστις Χριστου Debate,” CBQ 70 (2008): 524-37.

·       Philo and the Epistle to the Hebrews: Ronald Williamson’s Study after Thirty Years,” Studia Philonica Annual 14 (2002): 112-35.

·       A Celebration of the Enthroned Son: The Catena of Hebrews 1,” JBL 120 (2001) 469-485.

·        “Keeping His Appointment: Creation and Enthronement in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” JSNT 66 (1997) 91-117.


Book Reviews, Published

·       Review of Daniel J. Harrington’s What Are They Saying about the Letter to the Hebrews? (New York: Paulist Press, 1989), published in BTB 36 (2006): 137-38.

·       Review of Wilfried Eisele’s, Ein unerschütterliches Reich: Die mittelplatonische Umformung des Parusiegedankens im Hebräerbrief (BZNW 116; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003), published in CBQ 67 (2005): 140-41.


Chapters in Edited Books

·       “God Has Spoken: Hebrews’s Theology of the Scriptures,” Hebrews and Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).

·       “The Spirit Directed Church,” The Church That Jesus Built (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2007).

·       “The Table of Inspiration – Interpreting the Bible,” in Passion, Power, and Purpose:  Essays on the Art of Contemporary Preaching (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006)

·       “Superman: A Popular Culture Messiah,” in The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture (New York: Peter Lang, 2005).


Church Periodical Literature

·       “The Loves of John 21”

·       “The Historical and Sociological Background of 1 Peter,” for Illustrated Bible Life, Nazarene Publishing House


Accepted Book Proposal

·       A Christian Philosophical Journey (Triangle Publishing)


Accepted Book Review

·       Review of Torrey Seland’s, Strangers in the Light (Studia Philonica Annual, 2008)


Accepted Dictionary Article

·       “Mediator, Mediation,” in New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (Abingdon).


Book Proposals in play

·       Hebrews and Ways That Never Parted, with Fortress Press.


Papers Accepted (SBL, 2008)

·       “Can the Bruce/Thrall Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 Account for Romans and Philippians?” for the Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Seminar.

·       “Heaven as the True House of God: Intertextual Soundings in Hebrews,” for the Intertextuality and the New Testament Consultation.


Papers (selective)

·       “Hebrews as the True House of God,” presented to the Intertextuality in the New Testament Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2008

·       “Can the Bruce/Thrall Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 account for Philippians and Romans,” presented at the Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Consultation

·       “The Levitical Cultus and the Partitioning of the Ways in Hebrews,” presented at the Jewish Christianity Group at SBL, Fall 2007.

·       “The Tale of the Shipwreck,” presented at the “Formation of Luke-Acts” Section at SBL, Fall 2006.

·       “God Has Spoken: Hebrews’ Theology of Scripture,” presented at the Hebrews and Theology Conference at St. Andrews, July 2006.

·       “An Archaeology of Hebrews Tabernacle Metaphor,” delivered to the Hebrews Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2005.

·       “Hebrews and Hermeneutics: The State of the Question,” delivered to the Hebrews Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2005.

·       “Leben nach dem Tod,” delivered to the evangelisch-methodistische Seminar in Reutligen, Germany (2004)

·       “From Enoch to the Scrolls,” delivered Winter 2004 to the Kolloquium für Graduierte, Tübingen, Germany

·       “From Sirach to the Sadducees,” delivered Winter 2004 to the Kolloquium für Graduierte, Tübingen, Germany

·       “Jesus and Essene Views of the Afterlife: Common Ground between the Historical Jesus and Qumran?”—paper delivered at the International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of St. Andrews, Summer, 2001

·       Philo and the Epistle to the Hebrews: Ronald Williamson’s Study after Thirty Years”—read at SBL Philo of Alexandria Group, Fall ’00

·       “Q and the Merging of Jewish Traditions Concerning the Afterlife”—read at SBL Q Section, Fall ’00

·       “Whoever Loses their Life Will Find It: Resurrection and the Historical Jesus”—read at SBL Historical Jesus Section, Fall ’99

·        “Did Hebrews Know the Book of Wisdom?”—read at British New Testament Conference, Summer ’95



Ministry Experience

I am an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church but have spoken in numerous denominational contexts, including Methodist, Anglican, United Reformed, Disciples of Christ, Baptist, and, of course, Wesleyan. 


The following is an abbreviated list of some other ministries with which I have been involved:

·       Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, Zephyrhills, Florida—Substitute minister for two summers (’87 and ’90)          

·       Fort Lauderdale Wesleyan Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida—Assistant Pastor/Youth Minister (summer ’93), involving leading the children, preaching and visitation.

·       Stonewall Wesleyan Church, Lexington, Kentucky—Designed and led a discussion group for young adults (’90-3)

·       College Wesleyan Church, Marion, Indiana—Coordinator of “Liturgical Service,” one worship venue option in the church (current)


Personal Information

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