Matthew Patton

Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Phone: (630)752-5280
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Education

Ph.D. candidate, Biblical & Theological Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Dissertation: "Hope for a Tender Sprig: Jehoiachin in Biblical Theology."

M.Div. 2009, Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA.

B.S. 2002, Computer Science, Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

About Matthew Patton

My passion for the Old Testament was kindled by a small group Bible study in the book of Jeremiah. In this challenging book I began to see how the Old Testament is a rich and profound witness to Jesus Christ, and thus began a lifelong quest to understand the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. I am fascinated by the grand narrative of the Bible as it moves from creation to sin to redemption and on to consummation. In particular I am drawn to Israel’s exile and the prophetic message of God’s gracious restoration.

My thirst to know the Scriptures derives from my thirst to know Jesus Christ. I came to know Christ through a campus ministry called DiscipleMakers and spent three years on staff with them. This experience underscored for me that college is unique moment in people’s lives where we are discovering our identity and are especially open to the challenging, life-changing words of the gospel. I am excited to play a part in this transformative experience here at Wheaton.

My wife Trina and I have five dear children. We especially love playing wiffle ball in the backyard and reading out loud together.


Courses Taught

  • Intermediate Hebrew Syntax and Discourse Analysis
  • BITH 301-302 Hebrew
  • BITH 211 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
  • BITH 449 Old Testament Book Study: 1 & 2 Kings
  • BITH 349 Old Testament Book Study: Daniel
  • BITH 635 Hebrew Exegesis: Jeremiah
  • Greek
  • Preaching the Old Testament

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Evangelical Theological Society

Areas of Research

  • Biblical Theology
  • 1–2 Kings, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
  • Exile and Restoration
  • Persian Period
  • Davidic issues
  • OT Eschatology