David May

 David May

Address6601 Monticello Road
Shawnee, KS

Professor of New Testament, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

B.S., Northwest Missouri State University, 1980
M.A., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987

Dr. David May has taught at Central Baptist Theological Seminary since 1994.
also serves as an Adjunct Doctoral faculty member for the University of Missouri-
Kansas City interdisciplinary program in Religion. Previous teaching experience
includes Visiting Professor of New Testament (1991-94) at Midwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and Baptist Chair of Bible (1987-
1993) at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri.
Dr. May graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri,
with a B.S. in History (1980). He received a Master of Divinity in 1983 from the
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in 1987
also from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. May is the author of several books and articles. Many of his writings focus on
illustrating the social and cultural world of the New Testament. Recent works include
a Bible study on Revelation entitled Revelation: Weaving a Tapestry of Hope (Smyth
& Helwys, 2001), “The Straightened Woman (Luke 13:10 -17): Paradise Lost and
Regained,” (Perspectives in Religious Studies, 1997), and ‘“Drawn from Nature and
Everyday Life’: Parables and Social Scientific Criticism,” (Review & Expositor, 1997).
David also serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Review & Expositor. Over the last fifteen years, Dr. May has
distinguished himself as a popular speaker, Bible teacher, and preacher in local churches.
Dr. May and his wife Pam reside in Kansas City, Missouri. Both Dr. May and his wife are natives of Missouri, and
their hometown in Maryville. They are members of Englewood Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Pam is a
legal secretary for Legal Aid of Western Missouri.
Dr. May, drawing upon thirty years of experience of playing tennis, continues to enjoy playing both competitive and
recreational tennis. He also is an avid reader. His interest in reading extends to the collecting of first edition books
from authors such as Frederick Buechner, C. S. Lewis, and Harold Bell Wright to name a few.
Dr. May’s interest in the biblical world of the first century has stimulated his collecting of ancient Roman and Judean
coins related to the New Testament. Because of Dr. May’s continuing interest in and advocacy of animal rights, he
and his wife have a companion animal: Thecla. She is a rat terrier rescued from a puppy mill.
“While we are not called to live in the biblical world of our ancestors, we are challenged to recognize the faithfulness
with which they lived in their time and in their context. By witnessing their faith, we are called to shape our
faithfulness for this age.” Dr. David May
For Dr. May’s blog on topics related to New Testament studies, go to www.ntstudies.wordpress.com
Newest Publication
David May, Professor of New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and Mike Graves, the William K.
McElvaney Visiting Professor of Preaching at Saint Paul School of Theology, have co-authored a new book entitled
Preaching Matthew: Interpretation and Proclamation and is published by Chalice Press. This book features the use
of a socio-rhetorical homiletic which combines exegetical interpretations by Dr. May and homiletical insights by Dr.
Graves. The book focuses upon selected passages in the Gospel of Matthew and illustrates the art of bringing
together thorough biblical exegesis with thoughtful and practical application for proclamation. The inspiration for this
collaborative work originated within the context of a co-taught class on “Preaching the Gospel of Matthew.”

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