Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. Dalen C. Jackson

B.A., Samford University;
M.Div.,and Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dalen C. Jackson came to BSK in the Fall of 2002 and has served since 2007 as Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies. He was ordained to Christian Ministry in 1987 and served churches in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia as pastor and interim pastor, youth minister, children’s director, recreation assistant and in a variety of lay roles. Prior to coming to BSK, he was chair of the Division of External Studies at Judson College in Marion, Alabama and chair of the Humanities Division and head of the Theology Department at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia.

Courses:  Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to the New Testament, Greek, Biblical Hermeneutics, Matthew, Mark, Romans, Hebrews.

Scholarly interests:  the Gospel of Mark, Hebrews, performance of biblical texts, performance criticism, linguistics, American Bibles, apocalyptic discourse in scripture, Bible teaching and the public schools, postmodern hermeneutical theory, and theological interpretation of scripture

Affiliations:  Society of Biblical Literature, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion


Denominational Presentations, Articles, Lessons

“Negotiating Worship:  Bringing the Conversation to the Congregation.” Workshop at When You Gather Together:  Building up the Church in WorshipConference, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky/Kentucky Baptist Fellowship, February 6, 2015.

“Will Bible Classes Work in Public Schools?”, March 15, 2010.

“Performing James.” (with Bert Montgomery) Workshop, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, Washington, DC, June, 2007.

“Bibles in America.” Workshop, Kentucky Baptist Fellowship Spring Meeting, April 2007.

“Interpreting the Bible through the Lens of Narrative Theology,” Quest Adult Bible Study, ed. David Adams & Sheila Ahlbrand, Green Lake Conference Center, 2007.

“On Not Taking Scripture for Granted,” KBF News, July 2006

“Women in Ministry and the ‘Clear Teachings of Scripture,’”, August 4, 2006.

“Life in the Light.”  FormationsLearners’ Study Guide and Teaching Guide (Sunday School lessons) Smyth & Helwys, March 2005.

“Sarah,” “Samuel,” “Paul,” “Matthew.”  Formations Commentary (Sunday School lesson supplement) for Baptists Today, July 2004.

“Biblical Storytelling.” Workshop, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship General Assembly, Charlotte, NC, June, 2003.

“Ruth,” “Jonah.” Sunday School Lesson Materials for The Christian Index(Georgia), February 1996.

“New Testament Images of God’s People.”  FormationsAdult Sunday School literature.  Smyth & Helwys, September, 1993.

“Changing My Mind About Women in Ministry.” Folio: A Newsletter for Southern Baptist Women in Ministry.  Summer 1994.


“Valuing Users of Non-Privileged Varieties of English: Clarifying and Re-Centering Norms for Student Writing.”  Perspectives in Religious Studies(Forthcoming).

“Hermeneutical Challenges for Baptist Scholars:  Descriptive and Normative Engagement with Biblical Meaning.”  Perspectives in Religious Studies38 (Winter 2011), 351-361.

“A Word About …Owning the Baptist Past,” Review and Expositor107 (Fall 2010), 459-460.

“The Gospel of Mark: Baptist Voices in Biblical Scholarship.” Review and Expositor107 (Summer 2010), 323-340.


HebrewsTeaching Guideand Study Guide.  Annual Bible Study, Smyth & Helwys, 2006.

Academic Presentations

“Privilege and “Standard” English:  Reframing Expectations of Student Writing.” National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Annual Meeting, May 22, 2018.

“Scriptural Imagination, Practices of Reading, and the Christian University.” Co-presenter, with Dr. Mark Medley, at Christian Life and Witness:  From the Academy to the Church, inaugural conference of the Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership, Georgetown College, January 24, 2012.

“Texts Domesticated, Dissected, Desiccated: Hermeneutical Challenges for Baptist Scholars.” Presidential address, National Association of Baptist Professors of ReligionAnnual Meeting, May 24, 2011.

“‘Clumsy Mark’ Again?: Mark’s Gospel as the Transcription of Peter’s Public Performance of the Gospel Story.”  Performance Criticism of Biblical and Other Ancient Texts Consultation,Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 23, 2009.

“The Gospel of Mark as Peter’s PublicPerformance of the Gospel Story.”  Presidential address to the Southeast Region of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, March 13, 2009.

“A Web of Assumptions: Addressing Questionable Axioms of Popular American Biblical Interpretation.”  Biblical Hermeneutics Section, American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Southeast Region meeting, March, 2006.

Panelist on “Vocation” at Southeast Regional meeting of National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Atlanta, March 5, 2004.

“The Meaning of American Pie and the Future of Biblical Commentary.” Biblical Hermeneutics Section, American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Southeast Region meeting, March, 1998.

“Radical Interpretation of the Gospel of Mark: Modes of Argumentation and Emplotment.”  Biblical Hermeneutics Section, American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature Southeast Region meeting, March, 1994.


Matthew, by Anna Case-Winters, forReview & Expositor, Volume 114, no. 1 (February 2017): 122-123.

The Bible Cause: A History of the American Bible Society, by John Fea, for American Baptist Quarterly34 no 3 – 4 (Fall – Winter 2015): 375-376.

“Tracing the Spirit through Scripture,” book review article reviewing Knowing the Holy Spirit Through the Old Testament, byChristopher J.H. Wright; Who Is the Holy Spirit? A Walk with the Apostles, byAmos Yong;Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God, by Gordon Fee; and The Holy Spirit—In Biblical Teaching, through the Centuries, and Today, by Anthony Thiselton; for Christian Reflection, Volume 55(2015), 83-88.

The Life and Witness of Peter, by Larry R. Helyer, for Review & Expositor,Volume 112, no. 1 (February 2015): 167-168.

The Text of the New Testament:  From Manuscript to Modern Edition, by J. Harold Greenlee, for Review & Expositor, Volume 106, no. 1 (December 1, 2009): 111-112.

Getting the Gospels:  Understanding the New Testament Accounts of Jesus’ Lifeby Steven L. Bridge, for Lexington Theological Quarterly, Volume 40, no. 4 (December 1, 2005): 281-282.

Professional, Community, Denominational Service

Bible Literacy Standards Development Work Team, Kentucky Department of Education, Oct 19, 2017-January 11, 2018.