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New Judson professor publishes biblical studies text

Dr. Eric Gilchrest, new Assistant Professor and Head of the Religious Studies Department at Judson College, is also the author of a book on biblical studies.

After recently completing his doctoral degree at Baylor University, he moved from Texas to Alabama. He began his time at Judson this fall (2013).

Gilchrest speaks positively about his first semester at Judson College: “I have a big teaching load, but I like the challenge. I am very pleased with the number of students interested in my courses. In fact, I was really surprised that 12 students enrolled for my Greek I class – it’s a very difficult course,” Gilchrest said.

In addition to the course in biblical Greek, he is teaching four other classes: the Old Testament, the New Testament, Philosophy and Johannine Literature. He specializes in the New Testament, particularly the connection between Judaism and Christianity.

As a new book author, Dr. Gilchrest is pleased with his first entry in the religious press. His book is entitled Revelation 21 – 22 in Light of  Jewish and Greco-Roman Utopianism. The book offers a creative and compelling reading of Revelation 21 – 22 and is used as a textbook on the subject. It is published by Brill Press.

Gilchrest grew up in Coral Springs, Florida, but moved to Kentucky as a teen. He attended Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He went on to earn two master’s degrees in theological studies and biblical studies from Asbury Theological Seminary before earning his Ph.D. at Baylor University in 2012.

Dr. Gilchrest and his wife Kendel have been married for 11 years and have two children, Ezra (5) and Lizzie (2). The Gilchrests are passionate about student engagement and wish to be part of the Judson community both in and out of the classroom. Dr. Gilchrest enjoys music and plays the acoustic guitar.  He also enjoys college sports and follows the University of Kentucky’s basketball team.


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