DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Hebrew Union College
  • M.Phil., Hebrew Union College
  • M.A., Trinity International University
  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute


Kenneth Way's passion is teaching the Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern environment. His research interests include Exodus, Judges, Ruth, Israelite religion/archaeology, Northwest Semitic inscriptions, and the fauna of the ancient Near East. He regularly presents at academic meetings and has been published in Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Journal of Biblical Literature, Levant, and Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Ever since his college days, Way has sensed God's calling to teach Bible (especially Old Testament) in a classroom setting and to mentor students who desire more of God in their lives.  


  • The Society of Biblical Literature
  • The American Schools of Oriental Research
  • The Institute for Biblical Research
  • The Evangelical Theological Society




  • “Consider Her: Body-Talk as a Literary Strategy in the Book of Judges” in The Body Lived, Cultured, Adorned: Essays on Dress and the Body in the Bible and Ancient Near East in Honor of Nili S. Fox, eds. Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Christine Elizabeth Palmer, and Angela Roskop Erisman, pp. 15-48. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2022.
  • “The Lost World of Lexical Semantics: Samson’s Spectacle in Judges 16:25” in For Us, but Not to Us: Essays on Creation, Covenant, and Context in Honor of John H. Walton, eds. A. E. Miglio, C. A. Reeder, J. T. Walton, and K. C. Way, 321-334. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2020.
  • “The Meaning of the Minor Judges: Understanding the Bible’s Shortest Stories” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 61.2 (2018): 275-285. 
  • “The Literary Structure of Judges Revisited: Judges as a Ring Composition” in Windows to the Ancient World of the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of Samuel Greengus, eds. B. T. Arnold, N. L. Erickson and J. H. Walton, pp. 247-260 (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2014).
  • "Mari Archive” in the Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham: Logos Research Systems, 2014).
  • Thirty-two entries in the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary edited by T. Longman, P. Enns and M. Strauss (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013).
  • "Assessing Sacred Asses: Bronze Age Donkey Burials in the Near East" Levant 42/2 (Nov 2010):213-228.
  • “Donkey Domain: Zech 9:9b and Lexical Semantics” Journal of Biblical Literature 129/1 (2010): 105-114.
  • “Animals in the Prophetic World: Literary Reflections on Numbers 22 and 1 Kings 13” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 34/1 (2009): 47-62.
  • “The God of Noble Character? Proverbs 31:10-31 in Context” Biola Magazine (Spring 2009: 39).


Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Animals In The Bible
  • Archaeology Of Bible
  • Bible Interpretation
  • Donkeys In The Bible
  • Hermeneutics
  • Judges
  • Old Testament
  • Pentateuch
  • Semitic Inscriptions
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