James M. Hamilton

Professor of Biblical Theology

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Dr. Hamilton has served as Professor of Biblical Theology since 2008. Before coming to Southern, Hamilton served as assistant professor of biblical studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Houston campus and was the preaching pastor at Baptist Church of the Redeemer. Hamilton is currently the senior pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Jillian, and they have five children.


Typology-Understanding the Bible’s Promise-Shaped Patterns: How Old Testament Expectations are Fulfilled in Christ (Zondervan Academic, 2022)

Psalms Volume I: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (Lexham Academic, 2021)

Psalms Volume II: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (Lexham Academic, 2021)

Song of Songs: A Biblical-Theological, Allegorical, Christological Interpretation (Christian Focus, 2015)

With the Clouds of Heaven: The Book of Daniel in Biblical Theology (InterVarsity, 2014)

Ezra and Nehemiah (Broadman & Holman, 2014)

What Is Biblical Theology: A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns. (Crossway, 2014)

The Bible’s Big Story: Salvation History for Kids (Christian Focus, 2013)

Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches (Crossway, 2012)

God’s Glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology (Crossway, 2010)

God’s Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments (Broadman & Holman, 2006)



“That God May Be All in All: The Trinity in 1 Corinthians 15,” pages 95–108 in One God in Three Persons, ed. John Starke and Bruce Ware. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015.


“Lord’s Supper. New Testament,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, ed. Dale C. Allison, Jr., Christine Helmer, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric Ziolkowski. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2014.

“Original Sin in Biblical Theology,” pages 189–208 in Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin, ed. Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014.

“Did the Church Borrow Leadership Structures from the Old Testament or Synagogue,” pages 13–31 in Shepherding God’s Flock, ed. Thomas R. Schreiner and Ben Merkle. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014.

“How to Condone What the Bible Condemns: Matthew Vines Takes on the Old Testament,” pages 25–41 in God and the Gay Christian? A Response to Matthew Vines, ed. R. Albert Mohler Jr. Conversant 1. SBTS Press, 2014.


Suffering in Revelation: The Fulfillment of the Messianic Woes,” SBJT 17.4 (2013): 34–47.

Does the Bible Condone Slavery and Sexism?” pages 335–48 in In Defense of the Bible, ed. Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2013.


The Typology of David’s Rise to Power: Messianic Patterns in the Book of Samuel,” SBJT 16.2 (2012): 4–25.

A Biblical Theology of Motherhood,” Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry 2.2 (2012): 6–13.
Spanish Translation: Una Teología Bíblica de la Maternidad, translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez


Appreciation, Agreement, and a Few Minor Quibbles: A Response to G. K. Beale,” Midwestern Journal of Theology 10 (2011), 58–70.


The Mystery of Marriage,” pages 253-71 in For the Fame of God’s Name: Essays in Honor of John Piper, ed. Sam Storms and Justin Taylor. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.

John Sailhamer’s The Meaning of the Pentateuch: A Review Essay,” SBJT 14.2 (2010), 62-76.

That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord,” Journal of Family Ministry 1.1 (2010): 10-17.
Also published as: “That the Coming Generation Might Praise the Lord: Family Discipleship in the Old Testament,” pages 33–43 in Trained in the Fear of God: Family Ministry in Theological, Historical, and Practical Perspective, ed. Timothy Paul Jones and Randy Stinson. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011.

The Lord’s Supper in Paul: An Identity Shaping Proclamation of the Gospel,” in The Lord’s Supper, ed. Thomas R. Schreiner and Matt Crawford. NACSBT, Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010.

Godliness and Gender: Relating Appropriately to All (1 Timothy 2:9–12),” JBMW 15.1 (2010): 27–32.

Still Sola Scriptura: An Evangelical View of Scripture,” pages 215–40 in The Sacred Text: Excavating the Texts, Exploring the Interpretations, and Engaging the Theologies of the Christian Scriptures, ed. Michael Bird and Michael Pahl. Gorgias Précis Portfolios 7. Piscataway: Gorgias, 2010.

Biblical Theology and Preaching,” pages 193–218 in Text Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon, ed. Daniel L. Akin, David L. Allen, and Ned L. Mathews. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2010.
Spanish Translation: La Teología Bíblica y Predicación, translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez


Was Joseph a Type of the Messiah? Tracing the Typological Identification between Joseph, David, and Jesus,” SBJT 12.4 (2008), 52–77.

The Virgin Will Conceive: Typological Fulfillment in Matthew 1:18–23,” pages 228–47 in Built upon the Rock: Studies in the Gospel of Matthew, ed. John Nolland and Dan Gurtner. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.

The Center of Biblical Theology in Acts: Deliverance and Damnation Display the Divine,” Themelios 33.3 (2008), 34–47.
Spanish Translation: El Centro de la Teología Bíblica en Hechos: La Liberación y la Condenación ponen de Manifiesto lo Divino, translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez

Pastors Are Not Elders: A Middle Way?” JBMW 13.1 (2008), 53–55.

“Divine Presence,” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings, ed. Peter Enns and Tremper Longman. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008.

“Theophany,” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings, ed. Peter Enns and Tremper Longman. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008.


The Church Militant and Her Warfare: We Are Not Another Interest Group,” SBJT 11.4 (2007), 70–80.
Spanish Translation: La Iglesia Militante y su Guerra: No Somos Otro Grupo de Interés, translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez

With Denny Burk, “Younger Evangelicals and Women in Ministry: A Sketch of the Spectrum of Opinion,” JBMW 12.2 (2007), 26–40.

The Seed of the Woman and the Blessing of Abraham,” Tyndale Bulletin 58.2 (2007), 253–73.
Spanish Translation: “La Simiente de la Mujer y la Bendición de Abraham,” translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez

The Influence of Isaiah on the Gospel of John,” Perichoresis 5.2 (2007), 139–62.

“The SBJT Forum: The Atonement under Fire,” SBJT 11.2 (2007), 112–14.

“What Women Can Do in Ministry: Full Participation within Biblical Boundaries,” pages 32–52 in Women, Ministry and the Gospel, ed. Mark A. Husbands and Timothy Larsen. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2007.

With Terrance L. Tiessen, “Who Can Be Saved? Critical Dialogue Over a Recent Review,” Trinity Journal 28.2 (2007), 291–94.

Who Can Be Saved? A Review Article,” Trinity Journal 28.1 (2007), 89–112.


The Messianic Music of the Song of Songs: A Non-Allegorical Interpretation,” WestminsterTheological Journal 68 (2006), 331–45.

The Glory of God in Salvation through Judgment: The Center of Biblical Theology?” Tyndale Bulletin 57 (2006), 57–84.
Spanish Translation: La Gloria de Dios en la Salvación a través del Juicio: ¿El Centro de la Teología Bíblica? translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez

“Rushing Wind and Organ Music: Toward Luke’s Theology of the Spirit in Acts,” Reformed Theological Review 65.1 (2006), 15–33.

The Skull Crushing Seed of the Woman: Inner-Biblical Interpretation of Genesis 3:15,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 10.2 (2006), 30–54.


God with Men in the Prophets and the Writings: An Examination of the Nature of God’s Presence,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 23.2 (2005), 166–93.

The One Who Does Them Shall Live By Them: Leviticus 18:5 in Galatians 3:12,” Gospel Witness(August 2005), 10-14.


Were Old Covenant Believers Indwelt by the Holy Spirit?” Themelios 30 (2004), 12­–22.
Spanish Translation: ¿Estaba el Espíritu Santo dentro de los creyentes en el Antiguo Pacto? translated by Saul Sarabia Lopez

Gender Roles and the Glory of God: A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 11:2-12,” Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 9.2 (2004), 35-39.

N. T. Wright and Saul’s Moral Bootstraps: Newer Light on ‘The New Perspective’,” Trinity Journal 25 (2004), 139–55.


“Old Covenant Believers and the Indwelling Spirit: A Survey of the Spectrum of Opinion,” Trinity Journal, 24 (2003), 37–54.

God with Men in the Torah,” Westminster Theological Journal, 65 (2003), 113–33.

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