Matthew Y. Emerson, Ph.D.

Matthew Y. Emerson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries / Chair, Arts & Sciences

Department: Arts & Sciences
Office Phone: (951) 343-3933
Email Address:
Office Location: 10370 Hemet St., Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92503
Office Hours: MW 9am-1pm


Degree Major Emphasis Institution Date
Ph.D. Biblical Theology Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 2011
M.Div. Christian Ministry Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary 2008
B.S. Finance Auburn University 2005

Classes Taught

Biblical Theology, Biblical Interpretation, Pentateuch and Former Prophets, Latter Prophets and Writings, Jesus and the Gospels, Paul and the Early Church, Overview of the Bible, The Christian Life, New Testament Survey 

Academic Areas / Scholarly Interests

Biblical Theology, Biblical Interpretation, New Testament

Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

Adjunct Online Professor, Grand Canyon University

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
“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.
“Selected Baptist Bibliography on Titus.” Journal of Baptist Studies 5 (2013): 69–72.
“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.
Jason Hood and Matthew Emerson, “Summaries of Israel’s Story: Reviewing a Compositional Category.” Currents in Biblical Research 11.3 (2013): 328–48.
Joshua Knabb and Matthew Emerson, "'I Will Be Your God and You Will Be My People: Attachment Theory and the Grand Biblical Narrative." Pastoral Psychology, 2012.
Chris Morgan and Matthew Emerson, “Toward a Holistic Hermeneutic: Exegesis, Narrative, Doctrine, Church and Application in Concert,” Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 1, 2014.
Book Chapters
Nathan A. Finn and Matthew Emerson, “The Writings of Thomas J. Nettles: A Bibliography,” in Tom Ascol and Nathan A. Finn, eds. Scholarship By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2011.
“Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament.” Ph.D. Diss., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2011.
Co-Editor, Journal of Baptist Studies
Web Resources
“2 Timothy 3:15-4:2: An Analysis of the Relationship Between hiera grammata, pasa graphe, and ton logon.”, 2012.
Book Reviews
Review of Affirming the Resurrection of the Incarnate Christ: A Reading of 1 John by Matthew Jensen. Bulletin of Biblical Research 22.3 (2013): 445–46.
Review of Athanasius by Peter Leithart. Southeastern Theological Review 3/1 (Summer 2012): 105 – 107.
Review of Baptist Theology: A Four Century Study by James Leo Garrett. The Journal of Baptist Studies, 2010.
Review of Empire in the New Testament, edited by Stanley Porter and Cynthia Westfall. Bulletin of Biblical Research, 22.1 (2012): 139–40.
Review of Encountering Jesus, Encountering Scripture: Reading the Bible Critically in Faith by David Crump. Bulletin of Biblical Research, forthcoming.
Review of Engaging the Word:  The New Testament and the Christian Believer by Jaime Clark-Soles. Biblical Theology Bulletin, May 42 (2012): 111–112.
Review of Evangelicals and the Nicene Faith: Reclaiming the Apostolic Witness, edited by Timothy George. Southeastern Theological Review3/2 (2012): 280–82.
Review of Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts by Andy Chambers. Southeastern Theological Review, forthcoming.
Review of From Nicaea to Chalcedon: A Guide to the Literature and Its Background, 2nd edition, by Frances Young. Southeastern Theological Review 3/1 (Summer 2012): 116–17.
Review of God of the Living: A Biblical Theology by Reinhold Feldmeier and Hermann Spieckermann. Biblical Theology Bulletin, forthcoming.
Review of The Hermeneutics of Apostolic Proclamation: The Center of Paul’s Method for Scriptural Interpretation by Matthew W. Bates. Biblical Theology Bulletin, forthcoming.
Review of The Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? by Anthony LeDonne. Bulletin of Biblical Research, forthcoming.
Review of Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works by James K. A. Smith. Credo Magazine 3.2 (April 2013): 67–68.
Review of Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright, edited by Nicholas Perrin and Richard Hays. Biblical Theology Bulletin, May 42 (2012): 102-103.
Review of John by Jo-Ann Brandt. Bulletin of Biblical Research, 22.3 (2012) 444–45.
Review of The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1–2 Chronicles by Scott W. Hahn. Biblical Theology Bulletin, forthcoming.
Review of A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story by Michael W. Goheen. Southwestern Journal of Theology, 56.1 (2013): 126–27.
Review of Living God’s Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great S tory of Scripture by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Southeastern Theological Review, forthcoming.
Review of The Messiah, His Brothers, and the Nations: Matthew 1:1–17 by Jason B. Hood. Biblical Theology Bulletin, forthcoming.
Review of A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New by G. K. Beale. Southeastern Theological Review, 3/2 (2012): 299-302.
Review of New Testament Theology and Its Quest for Relevance: Ancient Texts and Modern Readers by Thomas R. Hatina. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, forthcoming.
Review of Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction by Jonathan T. Pennington. Presbyterion, forthcoming.
Review of Rhetoric and Drama in the Johannine Lawsuit Motif by George L. Parsenios. Bulletin of Biblical Research, 22.2 (2012): 285–86.
Review of The Spirit and Christ in the New Testament and Christian Theology, edited by I. Howard Marshall, Volker Rabens, and Cornelis Bennema. Southeastern Theological Review, forthcoming.
Papers Presented
“Toward an Ethic of Listening: The Philosophical Grounding of a Theology of Listening in the Ethical Outline of John Frame
  • Presented at the 2009 meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – New Orleans, LA
"A Hermeneutics of Response: An Evangelical Appropriation of Reader-Response Criticism”
  • Presented at the 2010 meeting of the Southeastern Region of the Evangelical Theological Society – Greer, SC
“Christ and the New Creation: The Shape of the Fourfold Gospel Canon and Acts”
  • Presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – San Francisco, CA
“Intertextuality Between 1 Chronicles 21 and Genesis 13 and the Problem of David’s Census”
  • Presented in the Textual Strategies in the Hebrew Bible section of the 2012 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society – Milwaukee, WI
“Human Flourishing Through Imagining Communion in Revelation 19: Confronting Evil By Incorporating Christ’s Victory.”
  • Presented at the 2013 California Baptist University Philosophy and Apologetics Conference – Riverside, CA
“Facing Our Giants? Getting the Moral Sense Right in 1 Samuel 17.”
  • Presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore, MD
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature 
Tyndale Fellowship

Church Membership / Activities

First Baptist Church of Norco, CA

Community Service / Involvement

Pulpit Supply
Sunday School Teacher, FBCN
Home Group Leader, FBCN
Men's Ministry Leader, FBCN

Interests / Hobbies / Travel / Family

Family - Married to Alicia since 2006; Children: 3 girls, Grace, Lily, and Abigail
Interests - Auburn Football
Hobbies - Reading

Personal Quote / Scripture / Philosophy of Education

"I have decided to know nothing...except Jesus Christ and Him crucified." -1 Corinthians 2:2

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