David M. May, Ph.D.
Professor of New Testament / Director of Online Curriculum Design

(913) 667-5719


Dr. David May has taught at Central Baptist Theological Seminary since 1994. He also serves as an Adjunct faculty member for the University of Missouri‐Kansas City and its interdisciplinary doctoral program in Religion. Previous teaching experience includes Visiting Professor of New Testament (1991‐94) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, and the Baptist Chair of Bible (1987‐1993) at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO. Dr. May graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, with a B.S. in History (1980). He received a M.Div. in 1983 and a Ph.D. in 1987 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Recent writings of Dr. May’s include Preaching Matthew: Interpretation and Proclamation, published by Chalice Press (2007) and co‐written with Mike Graves. It features a sociorhetorical homiletic combined with cultural exegetical interpretations. Another writing area of interest is the Apocalypse as seen the publication of Revelation: Weaving a Tapestry of Hope (Smyth & Helwys, 2001). Several of Dr. May’s books and articles focus upon the social and cultural world of the New Testament. Several articles in Review & Expositor, for example, focused around a numismatic interpretation of Revelation: “The Empire Strikes Back: The Mark of the Beast in Revelation” (2009), and “Interpreting Revelation with Roman Coins: A Test Case, Revelation 6:9‐11.”

Dr. May stays active in profession societies with memberships in the Society of Biblical Literature, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and the American Schools of Oriental Research. He is also on the Board of the journal Review & Expositor. Drawing upon forty years of playing tennis, Dr. May continues to enjoy playing both competitive and recreational tennis. He and his team were the 2007 World Team Tennis
4.0 National Champions. He also is an avid reader. His interest in reading extends to the collecting of first edition books from numerous authors. 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 era. Because of Dr. May’s continuing interest in and advocacy of animal rights, he and his wife have a companion animal, Thecla, a rat terrier rescued in 1999 from a puppy mill.

Dr. May and his wife Pam reside in Kansas City, MO. Both Dr. May and his wife are natives of Missouri, and their hometown is Maryville. They attend Parkville Presbyterian Church in Parkville, MO. Pam is a paralegal for Legal Aid of Western Missouri.

Dr. May on the parables of Jesus: “If myths help us sleep at night, parables keep us awake.”

For Dr. May’s blog on topics related to New Testament studies, go to www.ntstudies.wordpress.com.


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