Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Pentecostal Theological Seminary


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Education

BA in Biblical Studies, Lee University (1977)

MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary (1983)

Post-Graduate study in biblical languages (3 years), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (1987-90)

DTh in Old Testament, University of South Africa (2007)



Ministry Experience

For twenty-seven years I ministered as a pastor in the Church of God (1977-2004). I was ordained in 1983, and have served as a District Overseer,  State Youth and CE Board member, State Council member, State Director of Ministerial Development, and State Ordination Board member.  I now hold the title of Bishop in the Church of God. I have preached in Church of God State Conventions, Prayer Conferences, youth camps, and pastors' conferences. I now teach regularly at the Grace Community Church of God in Cleveland, TN.



Teaching Experience

I have taught Old Testament and biblical languages at the Church of God Theological Seminary since 1992. I have taught Bible Institutes, Ministerial Development Institutes, and Ministerial Internship Seminars, as well as classes at Lee University, the Han Young University, the Puerto Rico extension of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries (Manila), Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (Quito), Seminaire Theologique de l’Eglise de Dieu en Haiti, and the North Central Spanish Academy (Chicago). I also presented several lectures for the Church of God School of Ministry video series and presented lectures at the Church of God of Prophecy Leadership Development Institute (2006, 2011). I have lectured at the annual ministers training conference of the Zion Assembly Church of God (2007).



PUBLICATIONS


Books

The Spirit of the Book of Judges: Explorations from a Pentecostal Context (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, forthcoming).


The Spirit of the Psalms: Studies in Rhetorical Analysis, Affectivity, and Pentecostal Spirituality (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, forthcoming).


True Worship: Worship that Honors God, Strengthens the Church, and Impacts the World (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, forthcoming).


The Message of the Psalms: Studies in Prayer and Praise (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, forthcoming).


Living What We Believe: A Saved People (Cleveland, TN: Church of God Adult Discipleship, 2018).


The Book of Jonah: A Centre for Pentecostal Theology Bible Study (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2016).


Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Worship (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2016).


Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2014).


Fasting: A Centre for Pentecostal Theology Short Introduction (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2014).


The Unheard Voice of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges. Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series, 32 (Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishing, 2008).


Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader (Leiden: Brill, 2013).


A Future for Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013)


Spirit-filled Preaching in the 21st Century (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2013). (edited with Mark Williams)


Jonah and the God of Grace (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2009).


Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2009). An instructional multimedia DVD is also available.


Answer Key to Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2009).


Workbook for Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2010).


Biblical Hermeneutics: Essential Keys for Biblical Interpretation (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, 2011).


Hermenéutica Bíblica: Notas Esenciales de la Interpretación Bíblica (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, 2011).


The Message of the Psalms (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, Forthcoming).



Articles in Periodicals (click here to read or download):

‘An Embedded Chiasm in the Narrative Structure of Psalm 105’, Journal for Semitics (2018) forthcoming.


‘Characteristics of Pentecostal Biblical Hermeneutics’, Pharos Journal of Theology 99 (2018), forthcoming online.

 

‘The Use and Interpretation of the Psalms in Early Pentecostalism as Reflected in The Apostolic Faith from 1906 through 1915’, Old Testament Essays 30.3 (2017), forthcoming.

                                                                                                                             

“You shall love the Lord … with all your mind”: The necessity of an educated Pentecostal clergy’, Pharos Journal of Theology 97 (2016), online.

 

‘Toward a Biblical Model of Pentecostal Prophetic Preaching’, Verbum et Ecclesia 37.1 (2016), Art. #1456. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v37i1.1456.

 

‘The Contribution of the Book of Psalms to a Pentecostal Theology of Worship’, Pharos Journal of Theology 96 (2015), pp. 1-14.

 

‘“Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good”: Affective Hermeneutics, Psalm 107, and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Pneuma 36.3 (2014), pp. 1-24.


‘Rhetorical Criticism and the Affective Dimension of the Biblical Text’, Journal for Semitics 23.2 (2014), pp. 339-53.


‘The Function and Practice of Fasting in Early Pentecostalism’, Pharos Journal of Theology 96 (2015), pp. 1-19.


‘Toward an Old Testament Foundation for Christian Hospitality’, Verbum et Ecclesia 35.1 (2014), available at: <http://www.ve.org.za/index.php/VE/article/view/752>.


‘"Your Sons and Daughters Will Prophesy": A Pentecostal Review of Walter Brueggemann’s the Practice of Prophetic Imagination’, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 22.2 (2013), pp. 155-63.


Longing for God: Psalm 63 and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 22.1 (April 2013), pp. 54-76.


‘Delighting in the Torah: The Affective Dimension of Psalm 1’, Old Testament Essays 23.3 (2010), pp. 708-727.


‘“Where are all his wonders?”: The Exodus Motif in the Book of Judges’, Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 87-109.


‘Yahweh Conflicted: Unresolved Theological Tension in the Cycle of Judges’;
Old Testament Essays 22.2 (2009), pp. 356-72.


‘From Gilgal to Bochim: The Narrative Significance of the Angel of Yahweh in Judges 2.1’; Journal for Semitics 18.2 (2009), pp. 331-43.


‘Hearing the Book of Judges: A Dialogue with Reviewers’; Journal of Pentecostal Theology 18.1 (2009), pp. 30-50.


‘Judging the Judges: Finding Value in these Problematic Characters’; Verbum et Ecclesia 29.1 (2008), pp. 110-129.


‘Jonah’s Big Problem’; Church of God Evangel (April 2008), pp. 12-13.


‘Power to Save!?: The Role of the Spirit of The Lord in the Book of Judges’; Journal of Pentecostal Theology 16.2 (2008), pp. 21-50.


‘The Intrusive Prophet: The Narrative Significance of the Nameless Prophet of Judg. 6.7-10’; Journal for Semitics 16.1 (2007), pp. 113-40.


‘Pre-critical Exegesis of the Book of Judges and the Construction of a Post-critical Hermeneutic’; Ekklesiastikos Pharos 89 (2007).


‘Saved by the Blood of the Lamb’; Church of God Evangel (Feb., 2007), pp. 6-7.


‘God At Risk: Divine Vulnerability in Judges 10:6-16’; Old Testament Essays 18, vol. 3 (2005), pp. 722-40.


‘Purity, Power, and the Passions of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges’; Ekklesiastikos Pharos 87 (2005), pp. 274-300.



Chapters in multi-authored works

‘“He raises the poor from the dust”: God, The Worshiping Community, and the Poor in the Book of Psalms’, in Antipas Harris (ed.), The Spirit and Social Justice: An Interdisciplinary Volume of Global Perspectives (Lanham, MD: William J. Seymour Press, forthcoming).


‘Commentary on the Book of Psalms’, in K.J. Collins and J.B. Green (eds.), The Wesley One Volume Commentary on the Bible (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, forthcoming).


‘Commentary on Judges’, in K.J. Collins and J.B. Green (eds.), The Wesley One Volume Commentary on the Bible (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, forthcoming).


‘The Spirit and the Old Testament’, in Daniel Castelo and Ken Loyer (eds.), The T&T Clark Companion to Pneumatology (London: T&T Clark, forthcoming).


‘Commentary on the Book of Jonah’ in John Christopher Thomas (ed.), The Pentecostal Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets (Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishing), forthcoming.


‘Introduction to Pentecostal Worship’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Worship (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2016), pp. 1-4.


‘The Book of Psalms and Pentecostal Worship’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Worship (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2016), pp. 47-88.


‘Introduction’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2014), pp. 1-16.


‘Fire in the Bones: Pentecostal Prophetic Preaching’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2014), pp. 34-63.


‘Introduction to Pentecostal Biblical Hermeneutics’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 1-10.


‘The Uniqueness of Spirit-Filled Preaching’, in Mark Williams and Lee Roy Martin (eds.), Spirit-Filled Preaching in the 21st Century (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2013), pp. 199-212.


Translator of ‘The Book of Job’, in James F. Linzey (ed.), The Holy Bible: Modern English Version and idem, The Holy Bible: King James Version (2011 edn) (Mary Lake, FL: Charisma House).


‘Old Testament Overtures toward a Wesleyan-Pentecostal Theology of Hospitality’, in Sang-Ehil Han (ed.), Wesleyan-Pentecostal Hospitality (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013), forthcoming.


Essays on Balaam (Numbers 22-24) and Pentecost (Acts 2), in Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver (eds.), Global Perspectives on the Bible (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2013).


‘A Hopeful Journey’, in Steven M. Fettke and Robby Waddell (eds.), The Ministry of Pentecostal Scholarship: Testimonies of God’s Call (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012), pp. 162-91.


Edited Hebrew and Greek study notes, in La Biblia de Estudio (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, 2011). This is a Spanish study Bible.


‘The Role of the Spirit of Yahweh in the Book of Judges’, in a book on the Holy Spirit, edited by Leonard Maré, to be published by UNISA. forthcoming.


‘Tongues of Angels, Words of Prophets: Means of Divine Communication in the Book of Judges’, in Steven J. Land, Rickie D. Moore, and John Christopher Thomas (eds.), Passover, Pentecost, and Parousia: Studies in Celebration of the Life and Ministry of R. Hollis Gause (JPTSup, 36; Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishers, 2010), pp. 33-53.


Seven chapters in Homer G. Rhea (ed.) Rightly Dividing the Word (Cleveland, TN: Church of God School of Ministry, 2003). This is a textbook on biblical hermeneutics.


‘Where Are the Descendants of Abraham? Finding the Source of a Missing Link in Genesis’, in Terry L. Cross and Emerson B. Powery (eds.) The Spirit and the Mind: Essays in Informed Pentecostalism (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 23-34.



Book Reviews and Encyclopedia Articles

Review of Richard S. Briggs, Reading the Bible Wisely: An Introduction to Taking Scripture Seriously (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, rev. edn, 2011), in Pneuma Review (2013).


Review of Jacqueline Grey, Three’s a Crowd: Pentecostalism, Hermeneutics, and the Old Testament (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011), in PNEUMA 34 (2012).


‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’ by Martin Luther King, Jr. In Laurence W. Mazzeno (ed.), Masterplots (12 Vols., Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 4th edn, 2010), VI, pp. 3200-3202.


‘Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison’ by Michel Foucault. In Laurence W. Mazzeno (ed.), Masterplots (12 Vols., Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 4th edn, 2010), III, pp. 1531-1532.


Review of James M. Hamilton, Jr., God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments, New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology 1 (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2006), in PNEUMA, 2008.


"Psalms" in Roth, John K. (ed.) Masterplots II: Christian Literature (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007), pp. 1442-1445. The Masterplots series are reference works that present summaries and critical analyses of important works of literature.


"Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann" in Roth, John K. (ed.) Masterplots II: Christian Literature (Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2007), pp. 870-872.


Chapters in Multi-Authored Works

‘Introduction’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2015), pp. 1-16.


‘Fire in the Bones: Pentecostal Prophetic Preaching’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2015), pp. 34-63.


‘Introduction to Pentecostal Hermeneutics’, in Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 1-9.


‘The Uniqueness of Spirit-Filled Preaching’, in Mark Williams and Lee Roy Martin (eds.), Spirit-Filled Preaching for the 21st Century (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2013).


Translator of ‘The Book of Job’, in James F. Linzey (ed.), The Holy Bible: Modern English Version and idem, The Holy Bible: King James Version (2011 edn) (Mary Lake, FL: Charisma House, forthcoming).


‘A Hopeful Journey’, in Steven Fettke and Robby Waddell (eds.), The Ministry of Pentecostal Scholarship: Testimonies of God’s Call (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012).


Old Testament Overtures toward a Wesleyan-Pentecostal Theology of Hospitality’, in Sang-Ehil Han (ed.), Wesleyan-Pentecostal Hospitality (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012).


Edited Hebrew and Greek study notes in La Biblia de Estudio (Miami, FL: Senda de Vida Publishers, 2011). This is a Spanish study Bible.


Essays on Balaam (Numbers 22-24) and Pentecost (Acts 2), in Mark Roncace and Joseph Weaver (eds.), Global Perspectives on the Bible (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2013).


‘The Role of the Spirit of Yahweh in the Book of Judges’, in a book on the Holy Spirit, edited by Leonard Maré, to be published by UNISA. forthcoming.


‘Commentary on the Book of Jonah’ in The Pentecostal Commentary on the Twelve Minor Prophets. edited by John Christopher Thomas (Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishing), forthcoming.


‘Tongues of Angels, Words of Prophets: Means of Divine Communication in the Book of Judges’, in Steven J. Land, John Christopher Thomas and Rickie D. Moore (eds.) Passover, Pentecost and Parousia: Studies in Honor of the Life and Ministry of R. Hollis Gause (Blandford Forum, UK: Deo Publishers, 2010), pp. 33-53.


Seven chapters in Homer G. Rhea (ed.) Rightly Dividing the Word (Cleveland, TN: Church of God School of Ministry, 2003). This is a textbook on biblical hermeneutics.


‘Where Are the Descendants of Abraham? Finding the Source of a Missing Link in Genesis’, in Terry L. Cross and Emerson B. Powery (eds.) The Spirit and the Mind: Essays in Informed Pentecostalism (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 23-34.



Books/Journals Edited

Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Toward a Theology of Pentecostal Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2015).


Lee Roy Martin (ed.), Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader (Leiden: Brill, 2013).


Lee Roy Martin (ed.), A Future For Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013).


Mark Williams and Lee Roy Martin (eds.), Spirit-Filled Preaching for the 21st Century (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2013).


Editor, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 2008-


Editor, CPT Press, 2009-



Presentations at Conferences

‘“He raises the poor from the dust”: God, The Worshiping Community, and the Poor in the Book of Psalms’, Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland, TN, USA, March 2018.


‘Psalm 130: The Hopeful Cry of Lament’, Sixteenth Annual Clarence J. Abbott Lecture in Biblical Studies, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN, USA, February 21, 2018.


‘Psalm 150 and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA, USA, November 2017.


‘The Function of the Psalms in Early Pentecostalism as Reflected in The Apostolic Faith from 1906-1915’, Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, St. Louis, MO, USA, March 2017.


‘In the Shadow of the Most High: Psalm 91 and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, TX, USA, November 2016.


‘Reading Psalms 105 and 106 Together’, Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA, USA, March 2016.


‘”Bless the Lord, O my soul”: Psalm 103 and Pentecostal Spirituality, Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Lakeland, FL, USA, March 2015.


‘”Make a joyful noise …”: The Contribution of the Psalms to a Pentecostal Theology of Worship’, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, USA, November 2014.


‘A Pentecostal Approach to Fasting’, Pentecostal Theological Seminary Ministers Week, Cleveland, TN, April, 2014.


SPS Presidential Address, ’”Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good”: Affective Hermeneutics, Psalm 107, and Pentecostal Spirituality’, 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Springfield, MO, March 2014.


Review of Walter Brueggemann, The Practice of Prophetic Imagination: Preaching an Emancipating Word (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012), 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Seattle, WA, March 2013.


‘Delighting in the Torah: The Affective Dimension of Psalm 1’, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, 2010. (also delivered at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies)


‘“Where are all his wonders?”: The Exodus Motif in the Book of Judges’, The 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Minneapolis, MN, 2010.


‘Yahweh Conflicted: Unresolved Theological Tension in the Cycle of Judges’;
The 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Eugene, OR, 2009.


‘Judging the Judges: Searching for Value in these Problematic Characters’; The 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Durham, NC, 2008.


‘Tongues of Angels, Words of Prophets: Means of Divine Communication in the Book of Judges’; Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA, 2007. Also presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland, TN, 2007.


‘“But you have not heard my voice”: Judges 2.1-5 as a Call to Covenant Faithfulness’; The 35th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Pasadena, CA, 2006.


‘God At Risk: Divine Vulnerability in Judges 10:6-16’; The 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Virginia Beach, VA, 2005.


‘A Response to Leonard Maré's "Israel’s Praise as Enactment of the Gospel: Psalm 96 in Missiological Context"’; The 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Virginia Beach, VA, 2005.


‘Purity, Power, and the Passions of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges’; The 31st Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Lakeland, FL, 2002.


‘A Response to Robin Gallagher Branch's "Elijah Makes a Disciple: Conversion via Power and Lifestyle"’; The 30th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies,  Tulsa, OK, 2001.


‘Spirit Empowered Leadership’; The Church of God School of Theology Seminar on Ministry, Cleveland, TN, 1996.


‘Empowerment for Spiritual Warfare’; The Church of God School of Theology Seminar on Ministry, Cleveland, TN, 1995.


I have also written other short pieces for the Church of God Evangel and for the Evangelical Sunday School Commentary.



Professional Societies

•The Society of Biblical Literature

•The American Schools of Oriental Research

•The Wesleyan Theological Society

•The Society for Pentecostal Studies


Other Professional Roles

•Society for Pentecostal Studies, Past President

•Editorial Board member of the The Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research (Wipf & Stock)

•Editorial Board member of the The Journal of Biblical Studies 

•Member of the Board of Advisors for the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship (http://www.tffps.org/)

•Research Associate, University of South Africa

•Contributing Faculty, Church of God School of Ministry



Family

I married Karen Arlene Luke in 1975, and we have three children: Stephen (b. 1979), Michael (b. 1984), and Kendra (b. 1995). Stephen and his wife Marilyn have two boys, Joshua and Caleb.

Centre for Pentecostal Theology

Lee Roy Martin