John Kampen

Professor in the Dunn Chair in Biblical Interpretation
John Kampen
Werner Hall 225

Curriculum vitae


Ph.D., Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, 1985
M.Div., Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., 1975
B.A., University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, 1968

Areas of expertise

Rev. Dr. Kampen is an eminent scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, specializing in the Synoptic Gospels, with emphasis on Matthew, as well as Jewish history and literature of the Greco-Roman era. He is published widely on subjects as diverse as the Gospel of Matthew, Jewish history, anti-Semitism and African-American use of the Bible.

Selected published works

Wisdom Literature. Eerdmans Commentaries on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.

"The Books of the Maccabees and Sectarianism in Second Temple Judaism," in The Books of the Maccabees: History, Theology, Ideology, Papers of the Second International Conference on the Deuterocanonical Books, Pápa, Hungary, 9-11 June, 2006 (ed. Géza Xeravits and Józseph Zsengellér; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007), 11-30.


"Modern Research on Ancient Texts: The Story of the Dead Sea Scrolls," a faculty lecture by John Kampen: