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Education

  • Ph.D., Biblical Studies (Old Testament) Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2014
  • M.A., Biblical Languages, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009
  • B.A.,History and Spanish, Henderson State University, 2005

Academic Programs

  • BA Biblical Studies
  • Biblical Languages Minor

Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Biography

Dr. Meek has a heart for teaching God’s Word and a deep and abiding love for Jesus and his church. God used this desire to teach the Bible and serve the local church to bring him to Louisiana College. Here he spends his time teaching students to know and love God through the Old Testament. Although he values all of God’s Word, Dr. Meek is most interested in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament (Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes) because he believes these books deal with the issues humans struggle with constantly: living faithfully to the Lord in a fallen world. In addition, Dr. Meek is co-founder and associate editor of Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, an international, peer-reviewed journal that engages the Old Testament from an evangelical perspective for the good of the church.

When Dr. Meek isn’t teaching, you can find him spending time with his (much) better half, Brittany, and their child. They enjoy serving at their local church (The Gathering Place West), spending time outdoors, cooking, and playing board games together.

Courses Taught

  • Pentateuch
  • Prophets
  • Writings
  • Hebrew 1
  • Hebrew 2
  • Hebrew 3
  • Old Testament Survey

Publications

BooksCoffee Shop Conversations:
Evangelical Perspectives on Current Issues
Co-editor with N. Blake Hearson. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
Ecclesiastes: A Participatory Study Guide. Gonzalez, FL: Energion Publications, 2013. 

Journal Articles

“Truly God is Good: Suffering in Old Testament Perspective.” Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care 9.2 (2016): 151–63.

“Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Readings of Hebel in Ecclesiastes.” Currents in Biblical Research 14 (2016): 279–97.

“‘I Was King over Israel in Jerusalem’: Inerrancy and Authorial Ambiguity in Ecclesiastes.” Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 4 (2015): 63–85.

“Intertextuality, Inner-Biblical Exegesis, and Inner-Biblical Allusion: The Ethics of a Methodology.” Biblica 85 (2014): 280–91.

“Wisdom Literature and the ‘Center’ of the Old Testament.” Criswell Theological Review 11 (2014): 63–78.

“The Abishag Episode: Re-examining the Role of Virility in 1 Kings 1:1–4 in Light of the Kirtu Cycle and the Sumerian Folktale of the Old Man and the Young Woman.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 24 (2014): 1–15.

“On the Development of Historical Criticism.” Midwestern Journal of Theology 13 (2014): 130–46.

“Amos and Ecclesiastes: Toward Developing a Theological Response to Oppression.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 31 (2013): 61–74.

“Violent Christian Texts: A Response to Khalil Meek.” Co-author with N. Blake Hearson. Midwestern Journal of Theology 11 (2012): 34–46.

“Hans-Georg Gadamer: His Philosophical Hermeneutics and Its Importance for Evangelical Biblical Hermeneutics.” Eleutheria 1 (2011): 97–106.

 

Book Chapters

“The Meaning of Hebel in Ecclesiastes: An Intertextual Suggestion.” Pages 241–256 in The Words of the Wise are Like Goads: Engaging Qohelet in the 21st Century. Edited by Mark Boda, Tremper Longman III, and Crisitan Rata. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013.

“Fair Trade: What Would Jesus Eat, Drink, and Wear.” Co-author with William Bechtold. Pages 20–34 in Coffee Shop Conversations: Evangelical Perspectives on Current Issues. Edited by Russell L. Meek and N. Blake Hearson. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

 

Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles

“Incense Altar, Biblical Texts.” Pages 1074–1075 in volume 12 of Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Paul, Menders-Flohr, and C. L. Seow. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.

“Infanticide, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament.” Pages 1140–1141 in volume 12 of Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. Edited by Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Paul, Menders-Flohr, and C. L. Seow. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016.

“Ecclesiastes, Introduction to.” Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2012.

“Ezekiel, Introduction to.” Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2012.

“1 Samuel, Introduction to.” Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2012.

“2 Samuel, Introduction to.” Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2012.

“Jeremiah, Introduction to.” Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, 2012.

 

Other Publications

Regular contributor to For the Church: Gospel-Centered Resources from Midwestern Seminary.

“Malachi: The Same Old Sins.” Baptist Message. December 12, 2016. http://baptistmessage.com/malachi-old-sins/.

“Loving God with Heart, Mind, and Soul.” Faith Matters: The Value of a Christian Liberal Arts Education 2 (2016): 1–4.

Second Samuel. Virginia Theological Seminary Bible Briefs Series. Alexandria, VA: Virginia Theological Seminary; Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement, 2013.