Dr. Matt Ayars

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Matt Ayars, PhD

President & Assistant Professor of Old Testament


Dr. Matt Ayars is the President of Wesley Biblical Seminary. Prior to serving at WBS, Dr. Ayars served as President of Emmaus University of Haiti. Dr. Ayars’ primary area of expertise is biblical Hebrew poetry in the Psalms. Other areas of expertise in include biblical hermeneutics, the Psalms, Wesleyan Theology, the so-called “New Perspective of Paul,” soteriology, pneumatology, and spiritual warfare.


  • Ph.D., Old Testament, St. Johns College of Nottingham
  • M.A., Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • B.A., Asbury College


  • “Wesleyan Soteriology and the New Perspective of Paul: A Comparative Analysis"The Asbury Journal, Fall 2019
  • The Shape of Biblical Hebrew Poetry: The Discourse Function of Linguistic Parallelism in the Egyptian HallelStudia Semitica Neerlandica. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  • Salvation in Fresh Perspective: Covenant, Cross, and Kingdom Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2015.
  • Holy is a Four-Letter WordEugene, OR: Wipft and Stock, 2015

Research Interests

Masoretic Studies, OT Theology, Biblical Theology, Literature and Theology of Isaiah, Literary Criticism, Hebrew Poetry and linguistic dynamics of Hermeneutics, new perspectivism, Wesleyan theology, soteriology.