Ken Schenck

Dr. Ken Schenck
Wesley Seminary Dean and Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry

Ministerial and Professional Background

After teaching in the IWU Division of Religion and Philosophy since 1997, Dr. Schenck accepted the invitation to become the first Wesley Seminary Dean.

As a Fulbright scholar, Dr. Schenck spent a semester in Tübingen, Germany, researching and presenting papers on the afterlife in Second Temple Judaism. He has also studied with Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Hermann Lichtenberger in Tübingen, Germany.

Personal Information

Dr. Schenck is married to Angela and has four children: Stefanie, Stacy, Thomas, and Sophia.


The Wesleyan Church, 1991, Florida


B.A., Bible and Theology, Southern Wesleyan University
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Classical Languages and Literature, University of Kentucky
Ph.D. New Testament, University of Durham, England, Advisor, D.G. Dunn, “Cosmology and Eschatology in the Book of Hebrews”


His scholarly work has largely focused on the Letter to the Hebrews, writing both a seminary-level introduction (Understanding the Book of Hebrews, Westminster John Knox, 2003) and publishing a revised version of his dissertation (Cosmology and Eschatology in the Book of Hebrews). He has also published A Brief Guide to Philo, a commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians, an introduction to the New Testament that has sold over 10,000 copies (Jesus is Lord), and an overview of hermeneutics (Making Sense of God’s Word). He is the author of several other books and articles on topics in Hebrews, Paul, and Philo, including the booklet, Why Wesleyans Favor Women in Ministry.

Books, Scholarly

  • Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews: The Setting of the Sacrifice (CambridgeUniversity, 2007)
  • A Brief Guide to Philo (Westminster John Knox, 2005).
  • Understanding the Book of Hebrews (Westminster John Knox, 2003).

Books, Church Related

  • A Brief Guide to Biblical Interpretation (Triangle, 2008)
  • 1 and 2 Corinthians, Wesleyan Biblical Commentary Series (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006) (popular commentary for the church)
  • Why Wesleyans Favor Women in Ministry (Wesleyan Publishing House, 2004).
  • Jesus is Lord: An Introduction to the New Testament (Triangle, 2003).

Scholarly Articles, Published

  • “2 Corinthians 4:13 and the πιστις Χριστου Debate,” CBQ 70 (2008): 524-37.
  • “Philo and the Epistle to the Hebrews: Ronald Williamson’s Study after Thirty Years,”Studia Philonica Annual 14 (2002): 112-35.
  • “A Celebration of the Enthroned Son: The Catena of Hebrews 1,” JBL 120 (2001) 469-485.
  • “Keeping His Appointment: Creation and Enthronement in the Epistle to the Hebrews,”JSNT 66 (1997) 91-117.

Book Reviews, Published

  • Review of Daniel J. Harrington’s What Are They Saying about the Letter to the Hebrews? (New York: Paulist Press, 1989), published in BTB 36 (2006): 137-38.
  • Review of Wilfried Eisele’s, Ein unerschütterliches Reich: Die mittelplatonische Umformung des Parusiegedankens im Hebräerbrief (BZNW 116; Berlin: de Gruyter, 2003), published in CBQ 67 (2005): 140-41.

Chapters in Edited Books

  • “God Has Spoken: Hebrews’s Theology of the Scriptures,” Hebrews and Theology(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008).
  • “The Spirit Directed Church,” The Church That Jesus Built (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2007).
  • “The Table of Inspiration – Interpreting the Bible,” in Passion, Power, and Purpose: Essays on the Art of Contemporary Preaching (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006)
  • “Superman: A Popular Culture Messiah,” in The Gospel According to Superheroes: Religion and Popular Culture (New York: Peter Lang, 2005).

Church Periodical Literature

  • “The Loves of John 21”
  • “The Historical and Sociological Background of 1 Peter,” for Illustrated Bible Life, Nazarene Publishing House

Accepted Book Proposal

  • A Christian Philosophical Journey (Triangle Publishing)

Accepted Book Review

  • Review of Torrey Seland’s, Strangers in the Light (Studia Philonica Annual, 2008)

Accepted Dictionary Article

  • “Mediator, Mediation,” in New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (Abingdon).

Book Proposals in play

  • Hebrews and Ways That Never Parted, with Fortress Press.

Papers Accepted (SBL, 2008)

  • “Can the Bruce/Thrall Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:1–10 Account for Romans and Philippians?” for the Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Seminar.
  • “Heaven as the True House of God: Intertextual Soundings in Hebrews,” for the Intertextuality and the New Testament Consultation.

Papers (selective)

  • “Hebrews as the True House of God,” presented to the Intertextuality in the New Testament Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2008
  • “Can the Bruce/Thrall Interpretation of 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 account for Philippians and Romans,” presented at the Second Corinthians: Pauline Theology in the Making Consultation
  • “The Levitical Cultus and the Partitioning of the Ways in Hebrews,” presented at the Jewish Christianity Group at SBL, Fall 2007.
  • “The Tale of the Shipwreck,” presented at the “Formation of Luke-Acts” Section at SBL, Fall 2006.
  • “God Has Spoken: Hebrews’ Theology of Scripture,” presented at the Hebrews and Theology Conference at St. Andrews, July 2006.
  • “An Archaeology of Hebrews Tabernacle Metaphor,” delivered to the Hebrews Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2005.
  • “Hebrews and Hermeneutics: The State of the Question,” delivered to the Hebrews Consultation of SBL, Fall, 2005.
  • “Leben nach dem Tod,” delivered to the evangelisch-methodistische Seminar in Reutligen, Germany (2004)
  • “From Enoch to the Scrolls,” delivered Winter 2004 to the Kolloquium für Graduierte,Tübingen, Germany
  • “From Sirach to the Sadducees,” delivered Winter 2004 to the Kolloquium für Graduierte, Tübingen, Germany
  • “Jesus and Essene Views of the Afterlife: Common Ground between the Historical Jesus and Qumran?”—paper delivered at the International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of St. Andrews, Summer, 2001
  • “Philo and the Epistle to the Hebrews: Ronald Williamson’s Study after Thirty Years”—read at SBL Philo of Alexandria Group, Fall ’00
  • “Q and the Merging of Jewish Traditions Concerning the Afterlife”—read at SBL Q Section, Fall ’00
  • “Whoever Loses their Life Will Find It: Resurrection and the Historical Jesus”—read at SBL Historical Jesus Section, Fall ’99
  • “Did Hebrews Know the Book of Wisdom?”—read at British New Testament Conference, Summer ’95