Biblical theologian Jim Hamilton joins Southern Seminary faculty

Communications Staff — May 12, 2008

With the appointment of James M. Hamilton Jr. to the faculty, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Theology continues a trend of cutting-edge scholarship in biblical theology.

Hamilton begins August 1 as associate professor of biblical theology, coming to Southern Seminary from the Houston campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hamilton, who is the author of God’s Indwelling Presence: The Ministry of the Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments (B&H) and has written scores of scholarly articles on various biblical and theological topics, received his Ph.D. from Southern in 2003.

“Jim Hamilton is one of the most prolific and visionary young scholars in Baptist and evangelical life,” said Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and senior vice president for academic administration.

“He is world-class in his writing ministry, with publications so numerous it is difficult to list them all. Professor Hamilton’s scholarship is fueled with fire for the glory of Christ, the upbuilding of the church, and the evangelization of the nations. He is a tremendously gifted preacher, classroom teacher, and discipler of young men preparing for the pastorate.

“One hundred and fifty years from now, I expect that Jim Hamilton will be among the top names mentioned as Southern Seminary faculty who changed the face of biblical scholarship, right in the line started by John Broadus and A.T. Robertson.”

Hamilton will teach in areas of hermeneutics, as well as Old Testament Theology and New Testament Theology and will work alongside Moore to pioneer interdisciplinary courses on a theology of the Bible.

A native of Arkansas, Hamilton has taught for Southwestern since 2003, but says he is looking forward to returning to Louisville with his growing family. Jim and wife Jill have been married for nearly10 years and have three sons, Jake 4, Jed 2, and Luke, who was born March 22.

He also serves as a pastor at Baptist Church of the Redeemer in Southwest Houston and holds a master of divinity in Old and New Testament from Dallas Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas.

“I am humbled, honored, excited, and challenged by this opportunity,” Hamilton said. “I want to be faithful to the Lord, faithful to my wife and kids, and a good servant of the churches of the SBC. I grew up in Southern Baptist churches, so it is a joy and privilege for me to join the faculty of the flagship school of the SBC.

Hamilton, a standout prep athlete who played baseball at the University of Arkansas from 1992-1994, compares joining Southern’s faculty to becoming a member of the 1961 New York Yankees, a legendary team that included some of the best players in baseball history.

“It feels a little like being invited to play baseball for the Yankees of old with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris,” Hamilton said. “I guess even that lineup had its position players who were just ordinary ballplayers, and I feel like an ordinary teacher joining the ranks of Hall of Famers. I hope to make the routine plays and help the ballclub any way I can.”

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