Associate Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies, Old Testament & Early Judaism
- Old Testament
- Inductive Biblical Studies
- Jewish Writings and History of the Second Temple Period
- Early Rabbinic Literature
- Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- M.Phil., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
- B.A., Southern Wesleyan University
Dr. Michael D. Matlock joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 2008. Prior to this time, he had taught Hebrew language courses at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and biblical languages at Asbury Seminary. Professor Matlock teaches hermeneutics courses in the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Psalms, the Book of Daniel, Minor Prophets, and the Gospel of Matthew. He also teaches history and literature of Second Temple Judaism courses in the doctoral and masters programs as well as a biblical theology course. He understands his calling here at Asbury Seminary is to teach Scripture for the sake of God’s world.
Professor Matlock is engaged in biblical and theological scholarship for both the church and the academic guild. His book, Discovering the Traditions of Prose Prayers in Early Jewish Literature (T&T Clark) offers cutting-edge research for scholars, teachers, and emerging scholars in the field of prayer in Second Temple studies. Dr. Matlock is currently writing a trade book for clergy and seminary students, treating the greater significance and perceived problems of the First Testament for Christians. He is also writing two commentaries for Brill Publishers, 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles and the Prayer of Manasseh for the Septuagint Commentary Series. He has written articles for the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (Abingdon Press) as well as articles for scholarly journals and invited essays for serial volumes such as Journal for the Study of Old Testament and Studies in Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity (T&T Clark).
Dr. Matlock is an ordained elder in the North Carolina West District of the Wesleyan-Methodist Church. He consults with churches to help plan and build effective programs for congregations in the areas of Bible and theology through adult forums, workshops, and seminars. For a single occasion or a series, he preaches and teaches in such areas as the Psalms and Spiritual Formation, Daniel and the Apocalypse, Prayers in the Bible, Prayer in Early Judaism, Old Testament, Bible Study Methodology, Apocrypha, and Rabbinics.
Dr. Matlock is married to Robin O. Matlock and they have one daughter and two sons, Madeline, Raleigh, and Isaac.
If you would like Professor Matlock to speak at your church, parachurch function, institution, or organization, please see the attached PDF for more information, which includes a range of teaching areas.