Jason Whitlark, Ph.D.
Professor of New Testament in the BIC
BIC Courses: World Cultures I, Examined Life II
Dr. Jason Whitlark joined the BIC faculty in 2007. He did his undergraduate in molecular biology at Auburn University. He studied divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baylor’s Religion Department. He is interested in such topics as salvation in the New Testament, New Testament theology and ethics, as well as the ancient Mediterranean context in which the New Testament was written. He maintains ongoing interest in various topics surrounding the interpretation of Hebrews in the New Testament. A major focus of his research on Hebrews concerns the way Hebrews responds to the Roman imperial culture in which it was written.
Dr. Whitlark teaches regularly World Cultures I and the Biblical Heritage and Contemporary Ethical Issues courses for the BIC. He teaches Hebrews and the Catholic Epistles course among others for the Religion Department. He has also participated in study abroad programs in Italy as well as in Greece and Turkiye. Along with several articles his books include:
- Enabling Fidelity to God: Perseverance in Hebrews in Light of the Reciprocity Systems of the Ancient Mediterranean Milieu (Paternoster 2008)
- “Getting Saved": The Whole Story of Salvation in the New Testament (with Charles Talbert, Eerdmans 2011)
- Resisting Empire: Rethinking the Purpose of the Letter to "the Hebrews." (T&T Clark 2014)
- Interpretation and the Claims of the Text: Resourcing New Testament Theology (edited with Bruce W. Longenecker, Lidija Novakovic, and Mikeal C. Parson, Baylor University Press 2014)
- Inventing Hebrews: Design and Purpose in Ancient Rhetoric (with Michael W. Martin, Cambridge University Press 2018)