Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington will give a lecture on his book “The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing” at Christ Church West Chester’s Sunday Night Theology seminar in West Chester, PA on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 5:00PM.

Jesus appears in the Gospel of Matthew as the Messiah of Israel, the king who will rule and save the world, the Teacher greater than Moses, the Son of Man, and the Son of God giving his life for his chosen people. Matthew’s Gospel reveals the wisdom of the gospel message itself as the new way of life that results from it as disciples discover truth through special encounters with Jesus. Matthew accomplishes more than merely sharing stories of the life of Jesus. He is an artist and theologian – a theological artist and an artistic theologian. To read this Gospel well requires close attention to how the parts and the whole fit together. In this SNT, the overall structure of the Sermon on the Mount will be examined as well as key theological themes to help succinctly state the main point(s) that inevitably leads to personal application of its teaching in daily life. This SNT talk will be lead by Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington on Sunday, August 25, 2019.

Jonathan 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 (TEDS, in 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 a 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.