Benjamin L. Merkle

Benjamin L. Merkle

Benjamin L. Merkle

M.O. Owens Jr. Chair of New Testament Studies
Professor of New Testament and Greek
Editor of the Southeastern Theological Review

Discipline: New Testament
Teaching Since: 2008
Area: Biblical Studies
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B.R.E., Reformed Bible College
M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


A former IMB missionary to Southeast Asia. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books including 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Kregel, 2008), Why Elders? (Kregel, 2009), Ephesians, Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (B&H, 2016), Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (coauthor, B&H, 2016), Greek for Life (coauthor, Baker, 2017) Exegetical Gems from Biblical Greek (Baker, 2019), Beginning with New Testament Greek (coauthor, B&H, 2020), and Discontinuity to Continuity: A Survey of Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies (Lexham, 2020). He is also the editor of Southeastern Theological Review and the 40 Questions Series (Kregel).




The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.