About

I have been professor of Old Testament at Northern Baptist Seminary since 1988. Before coming to Northern Baptist, I served as Professor of Old Testament at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri where I taught from 1983-88.

Born in Brazil, I came to the USA in 1963. I am a graduate of California Baptist University, Riverside, California (B. A., 1968), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California (M.Div., 1971), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky (Ph. D. 1983). I have also done additional graduate work at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California (1971-1973).

While attending college, I pastored churches in Pomona and San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. While I worked on my M.Div., I served as a missionary with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention with Brazilians and Portuguese who lived in San Francisco. I also served as the speaker for the Portuguese Baptist Hour, a weekly radio program in Portuguese.

After graduating from the seminary, I pastored a Spanish-speaking church in San Jose, California. In addition to the pastorate in California, I have also pastored in Kentucky, Missouri, and Illinois.

In 2000, I served as Vice-President of The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR), and in 2001 served as their President.

I authored Paso a Paso por el Antiguo Testamento, “1 and 2 Chronicles,” published in the Mercer Commentary on the Bible, and “Deuteronomio,” published in the Comentario Biblico Mundo Hispano, Perspective on the Old Testament and Hebrew, and “1 and 2 Kings,” published in The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. My latest book is Rereading the Biblical Text: Searching for Meaning and Understanding. This book can be purchased at Amazon.com.

In addition, I have published more than 200 articles and book reviews in English, Spanish, and Russian. My academic work has been published in The Anchor Bible Dictionary, The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, The Holman Bible Dictionary, Jewish Bible Quarterly, Perspective in Religious Studies, Biblical Illustrator, Old Testament Abstracts, The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal of Biblical Literature, and Biblical Archaeologist, and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.

I live in Illinois with my wife of more than forty-six  years, Donna. I have three grown sons, JR, Chris and James, and five granddaughters.

12 Responses to About

  1. Hello Doctor:
    My name is Hector Molano and I`m a teacher in a little seminary in Bogotá Colombia South America, I found your page and blog and really you have very good posts. To me is a great help because try to find good books here is so difficult and if you finally can find one is very expensive and far from my budget.
    Ok, but I write to you for a question, I´m studying the passage of Judges 19 the levite and his concubine and I found there the city of Gibeah, is this city the same that Gibeon? this is important and I think it´s the same one, because in 2Sam there is a revenge and the bodies of that people were hanging in Gibeah. It´s important because Gibeah was the city of Saul and the people of his city deceived to israelites, then the text maybe show us that Saul really was from a bad place and the text present a clear propaganda to the real king, David.
    In God´s love

    Héctor Molano
    address calle 184 #18-22 t.9 ap. 302
    mobile phone 3168586320
    Bogotá Colombia South America

    Note: I apologize for my bad writting english I can read better. And finally if you have old books that maybe don´t use, consider giving to me (upps maybe it´s an imprudent request, please don´t feel bad for this)

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  4. Greetings Doc,

    Been enjoying your articles at the blogger sites for awhile now. Glad that you made the move to WordPress!

  5. I have enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to spending some time reading more. I’m a student and I love learning, and your blog is a place for that to happen. Thanks

    • Graham,

      Welcome to my blog. I am glad to know that you enjoy my posts. I try to write on issues of interest to my students. Many of the posts on my blog have come out of discussions in the classroom. Visit my blog as often as you can.

      Claude Mariottini

  6. Your articles are very much encouraging and would love to stay at the rivers of life since I am a ministry pastor here in Kenya can you get me some old copies of your articles on hard copies. Kindly conduct me via my e-mail silaschibole@yahoo.com
    or postal address; Pastor Silas Chibole Amulundu
    P.O. BOX 180 SHIANDA – 50106
    KENYA. EAST AFRICA

  7. Ester says:

    thank you for your article and insights especially on those character whom we hardly think of..

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