Barry Joslin

Professor of Christian Theology; Program Coordinator, Biblical and Theological Studies

B.A., Louisiana Tech University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Barry Joslin grew up in the small town of DeRidder, Louisiana, as the son and grandson of Southern Baptist ministers. He studied music theory and performance at Louisiana Tech University, New Testament and Historical Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and completed his PhD in New Testament Theology at SBTS in 2005 under the supervision of Dr. Tom Schreiner. In addition to his professor role, he has served on church staffs in Louisiana, Texas, and Kentucky as youth director and worship pastor, has led worship for over 25 years, and preaches and leads worship regularly in and around Kentucky.

He is a contributing author to the forthcoming Grace and Truth Study Bible where he wrote the study notes for 1, 2, 3 John; contributing author to God’s Glory Revealed in Christ: Essays in Honor of Tom Schreiner; contributing author to Confessing the Faith: The Living Legacy of Southern Seminary’s Abstract of Principles; contributing author to the Holman Bible Dictionary; contributing author to A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Context; and contributing author to Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words. He is author of the book, Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: The Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18; and is currently writing a commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews for the Christian Focus commentary series, Focus on the Bible. He has also authored several articles and book reviews in academic journals such as Currents in Biblical Research and Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, and has presented academic papers in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

He and his wife, Jessica, have four kids: Haddon, Carson, Elisabeth, and Mary and are active members of Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville where he is an elder and serves as the Pastor of Worship Development and Discipleship.

Books

  • The Epistle to the Hebrews. Focus on the Bible Commentary Series (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publishing, forthcoming, 2022).
  • “1, 2, 3 John Study Notes” in the Grace and Truth Study Bible (Grand Rapid: Zondervan, forthcoming, 2021).
  • “The Trinitarian God of Hebrews,” in God’s Glory Revealed in Christ: Essays on Biblical Theology in Honor of Thomas R. Schreiner. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019.
  • “The Mediator” in Abstracts of Principles: A Commentary by the SBTS Faculty (SBTS Press: Louisville, 2016).
  • “Hebrews” in the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 3rd edition, revised and expanded. (Nashville: Holman Reference, 2015).
  • “Hebrews 7-10 and the Transformation of the Law,” in A Cloud of Witnesses: The Theology of Hebrews in its Ancient Context, LNTS 387, eds. Richard Bauckham, Daniel Driver, Trevor Hart, and Nathan MacDonald. London: T & T Clark, 2008.
  • Hebrews, Christ, and the Law: the Theology of the Mosaic Law in Hebrews 7:1-10:18. Paternoster Biblical Monograph Series (Carlisle, England: Paternoster, 2009).
  • Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006). Dr. Joslin contributed 35 articles to this dictionary of Old and New Testament words.

Denominational Publications

  • Exploring the Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews. Lifeway Publishing launched their main line of Bible study material (1-2 million readers/wk) with this study of Hebrews in the fall of 2014.
  • “Lent” in Mature Living. Lifeway Publishing, (Spring 2014).
  • “To Change it Would Make it Worse,” Baptist Press, August 7, 2007.

Articles and Essays

  • “Theology Unto Doxology: New Covenant Worship in Hebrews.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology (Summer 2020).
  • “Exploring the Bible: The Letter to the Hebrews.” Lifeway Publishing, 2014. Lifeway re-launched its main line of adult Bible study material with this study of Hebrews in the fall of 2014.
  • “Teaching and Admonishing: Colossians 3 and the Role of Music in Corporate Worship.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, January 2014.
  • “Lent” in Mature Living (Nashville, TN: Lifeway Publishing, Spring 2014).
  • “ ‘Son of Man’ or ‘Human Beings’? Hebrews 2:5-9 and a Response to Craig Blomberg.” Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood 14.2 (2009): 41-50.
  • “The SBJT Forum: The Kingdom and Inaugurated Eschatology,” with D. A. Carson, Denny Burk, and Everett Berry. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 12.1 (2008): 104-13.
  • “Can Hebrews Be Structured? An Assessment of Eight Approaches.” Currents in Biblical Research, 6.1 (2007): 99-129.
  • “The Importance of Church Discipline.” The Southern Seminary Magazine, 75.3 (2007): 12-15.
  • “Christ Bore the Sins of Many: Substitution and the Atonement in Hebrews.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 11:2 (2007): 74-103.
  • “Getting Up to Speed: An Essential Introduction to 1 John.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 10:3 (2006): 4-27

Presentations

  • “New Covenant Worship in Hebrews.” Presented at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 2019.
  • “Grammar-Driven Theology.” Presented to the SBTS Alumni Academy, January 2019.
  • “Monotheism, Tri-Theism, or Tri-Unity? Uncovering the Three-Fold God in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Presented at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • “Hebrews for the Family: How the Letter to the Hebrews Informs the Task of Evangelizing and Discipling the Family.” Presented at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 16-18, 2015.
  • “The Epistle to the Hebrews,” Presented to the SBTS Alumni Academy, January 2015.
  • “Whose Name? A Comparison of Hebrews 1 and Philippians 2 and Christ’s Inheritance of the Name.” Presented to the Hebrews Study Group at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 18, 2011.
  • “Raising the Worship Standard: the Translation and Meaning of Colossians 3:16 and Implications for Our Corporate Worship.” Presented to the Biblical Worship Study Group at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 17, 2011.
  • “The How and the Why of It: New Covenant Promises and the Direct Connection Between Hebrews 8 and 9.” Presented to the Hebrews Study Group at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, LA, November 19, 2009.
  • “God in Three Persons: The Implicit Trinitarianism of Hebrews.” Presented to the Hebrews Study Group at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, RI, November 20, 2008.
  • “The Intersection of Christ and the Law in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Presented to the Hebrews Study Group at the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, November 14, 2007.
  • “Can Hebrews Be Structured? An Assessment of Eight Significant Approaches.” Presented to the National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Washington D.C., November 15, 2006.
  • “Hebrews and the Law.” Presented to The Conference on Hebrews and Theology, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, July 20, 2006.
  • “The Legitimacy of the Attributed Genitive.” Presented to the Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bryan College, March 8, 2003.

Book Reviews

  • Review of David L. Allen, Hebrews. New American Commentary Series. Nashville: B&H, 2010. Themelios 36.2 (2011).
  • Review of David L. Allen, Lukan Authorship of Hebrews. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010. Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.1 (2011): 118-19.
  • Review of William D. Mounce, Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar and Workbook, 3rd Edition. The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 14.1 (2010): 82.

Organizations

  • Evangelical Theological Society, full member
  • Institute of Biblical Research, fellow

Ask A Professor

Why do you love teaching at Boyce College?

I love teaching here at Boyce for several reasons. First, we are a school that is confessional, which means that pastor and parents can rest assured that the students they send to us are receiving biblical teaching that is joyfully within the theological parameters of the SBC Faith and Message 2000, as well as our own SBTS Abstract of Principles that was penned in 1859. We educate, and do not indoctrinate, which means that while we hold firm to our confessional convictions, we also teach all major views on theological issues, detail why we believe what we do, and show charity on non-essential matters. Second, I love teaching here because as a faculty, we hold one another to a high bar – we push one another to be better in our pedagogy, in our research and writing, and in our pastoral leadership of the student body. Third, our curriculum is unapologetically challenging since we believe that all believers need more theology, and not less. We live in an age of vast theological apathy and many believes are far too theologically naive, but we want graduates whose roots are deeply grounded in the Word of God. Fourth, this is a happy faculty. We genuinely like being around each other and spending time together. We know each other’s spouses and children, and have built a deep sense of personal connection within the faculty. It is a joy to serve alongside such friends.

What are some of your top students doing with their degree?

I have many students who are pursuing advanced degrees such as the ThM and PhD degrees at institutions around the world, as well as the D.Phil and even the MBA. Many students are leading churches as associate and senior pastors, teaching in christian schools and colleges, or serving as missionaries, church planters, and counselors. Others have gone on to study law, nursing, education, politics, business, and even military chaplaincy. Still others have used their education in the area of the arts as song writers, worship leaders, authors, and touring recording

What makes the BTS degree at Boyce College distinct?

Our Biblical and Theological Studies degree is a very robust degree taught by qualified men. Our BTS faculty all have terminal degrees in their field such as Old and New Testament, Systematic Theology, Church History, Greek, and Hebrew. In fact, everyone who teaches in our BTS department is required to have a PhD. Even professors who serve our students as adjuncts are required to either have their PhD or have completed most of their courses of doctoral study. Every distinctly BTS course is taught by an expert in their field with years of experience in teaching, research, and writing. Virtually all of our BTS faculty are published authors, and continue to research, write, and publish in a variety of academic journals, popular and denominational publications, and even blogging. This means that our BTS professors are leaders in their fields, and bring that kind of knowledge and passion into the classroom. Yet even though ours is a culture of academic rigor, most of us are also local pastors with families and are deeply involved in the life our local churches. Most of us preach or lead worship regularly; we insist that those who teach here have the right balance between academics and real life. You will find that we are immensely practical in our teaching and application. We are churchmen, and more than that, we are family men. That’s one thing that becomes apparent to anyone who visits Boyce as a prospective student – we are serious about what we do, but we make it practical and easy to apply. We can do that because we live it. Indeed all of life is worship!