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Jonathan and TracyJonathan T. Pennington is currently Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (USA). He has also been a visiting professor at Southeastern Seminary, and IBS in Orlando, FL and Melbourne, Australia.

He earned a B.A. in History as well as a Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. He received the Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago), where he also taught Greek for two years as a NT Fellow. During his time at TEDS he also served for five years as the Associate Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church of Mt. Morris in northern Illinois.

He holds the PhD in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (in St. Mary’s College), where he wrote a thesis entitled “Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew” under the supervision of Professors Richard Bauckham and Philip Esler. He attended St. Andrews as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and while there he also served as a lecturer in Greek. Dr. Pennington is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge), the Institute for Biblical Research, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. He has published a variety of articles, reviews, and Greek and Hebrew language tools and the books, Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew (Brill), now also in paperback Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew, and Cosmology and New Testament Theology (T&T Clark). His book, Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (Baker Academic), is used widely as a textbook. He recently finished a lengthy theological commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, entitled, The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing (Baker Academic). He is currently writing the revised Pillar Commentary (PNTC) volume on Matthew. For fuller information see the Publications and Research page.

For information on classes taught, course materials, and lecture samples, see the Teaching page.


Reading the Gospels WiselyFor the past ten years I have been working on the hermeneutical issues of what the Gospels are and how we are to read them. I'm thrilled to be finally done with this book!

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Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of MatthewThe theme of heaven and earth is a much-overlooked aspect of the Gospel of Matthew. In this work, rising scholar Jonathan Pennington articulates a fresh perspective on this key interpretive issue, challenging both the scholarly and popular understandings of the meaning of Matthew's phrase, "kingdom of heaven." Pennington argues that rather than being a reverent way of referring to God as is typically assumed, "heaven" in Matthew is part of a highly developed discourse of heaven and earth language.

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