Dr. Kevin Chen
Kevin Chen is a second-generation Chinese-American (ABC) who returned to his hometown of San Jose to teach at CWTS in July 2019. For the previous nine years, he taught biblical studies at Union University, which is a Christian liberal arts university in Jackson, TN. His research, teaching, and writing have focused on the Old Testament and Hebrew, although his interests also include biblical studies, hermeneutics, and biblical theology. Before beginning his Ph.D. studies and while doing M.Div. studies part-time at Western Seminary, he worked as an electrical engineer for three years in the Silicon Valley.
Kevin has spent many years in Chinese and Asian-American churches, which he has served in the areas of leadership, preaching, and teaching. Through his nine years in Tennessee and one year of Ph.D. study at Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina, he has also lived in the American South for ten years.
Kevin is married to Joyce, and they have one daughter (Kristina) and one son (Joel). He enjoys spending time with his family, exercise, travel, reading, learning languages, and following Bay Area sports teams.
Present Ministry in CWTS:
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Major Teaching Areas:
Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies
Ph.D., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009
M.Div., Western Seminary, 2006
M.S., Stanford University, 2003
B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University (2016-2019)
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University (2010-2016)
Visiting Scholar, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2017)
Adjunct Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2016, 2018-2019), Western Seminary (2008-2010), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (2008)
Pastoral Intern, Pathway Bible Fellowship, Milpitas, CA (2007-2010)
Selected Publications (in Chinese):
The Messianic Vision of the Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, forthcoming 2019)
Eschatological Sanctuary in Exodus 15:17 and Related Texts, Studies in Biblical Literature, ed. Hemchand Gossai (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 174pp.
“The Mosaic Covenant,” “The Nations in the Writings,” “Resurrection in the Old Testament,” in A Handbook on the Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith, eds. Craig Evans and David Mishkin (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2019), 17-22, 45-49, 250-255.
“Gleanings from the John H. Sailhamer Papers at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Southeastern Theological Review 9.1 (2018): 93-112.
“Wisdom is Worth a Thousand Laws: Legal Insufficiency and Exception as Intentional Compositional Strategy in the Pentateuch” in Text and Canon: Essays in Honor of John H. Sailhamer , Paul J. Kissling and Robert L. Cole, eds. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2017), 37-60.
Worldview Study Bible, Old Testament notes (Genesis–Malachi), ed. David S. Dockery (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2018). Length: approximately 195,000 words.