Master of Divinity, Bethel Seminary
Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary
Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary
Started at Bethel
- Geneva College - B.S., Biology, 1974
- Wheaton College - M.A., Theological Studies (Old Testament), 1977
- The University of Michigan - A.M., Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, 1980, 1986
David Howard grew up in Costa Rica and Colombia, and has taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bethel Seminary, where he is currently Professor of Old Testament. He was educated at Geneva College (B.S.), Wheaton College (M.A.), and The University of Michigan (A.M., Ph.D.).
He has been studying and teaching the book of Psalms for more than 30 years, and his publications include numerous articles and three books on Psalms topics: The Structure of Psalms 93-100 (1997), “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms (2008), and The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (2013). Most recently, he wrote the notes on Psalms for the new NIV Study Bible, which appeared in August 2015. He currently is working on a commentary on Psalms 1-72 in the New American Commentary series.
Additional research interests include the Old Testament historical books. His publications in this area include the following books: An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books (1993), Joshua (New American Commentary; 1998), and (ed.) Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts (2003).
David is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He served as Book Review Editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and was elected to the ETS Executive Committee in 2000-2007, serving as president of the Society in 2003. Since 1998, he has traveled once or twice a year to Oradea, Romania, where he teaches at the Emanuel University of Oradea. He also has taught in recent years in several countries in Southeast Asia.
He also teaches in the Ph.D. program at Gateway Seminary in California (formerly "Golden Gate Baptist Seminary"), traveling to the Los Angeles area four times a year.
David and his wife Jan live in Shoreview, Minnesota and have two daughters and three grandchildren (for whom they have fallen head over heels!).
Core Courses: Hermeneutics; Old Testament Survey; Genesis-Ruth; 1 Samuel-Song of Songs; Isaiah-Malachi.
Specialized Courses: Intermediate Hebrew Grammar; Old Testament Exegesis; Joshua; Psalms; Ezra-Nehemiah; Old Testament Narrative in Context.
Ph.D. Seminars: Book of Psalms.
1. Fascinating Bible Facts: People, Places and Events. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, Ltd., 1992. 320 pp.
2. An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Chicago: Moody, 1993. 394 pp. ISBN: 0-8024-4127-0. [Re-typeset 2007: ISBN: 978-0-8024-4155-3]
3. The Structure of Psalms 93-100. Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego 5. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1997. xvi + 231 pp. ISBN: 1-57506-009-4.
4. Joshua. New American Commentary 5 (NAC). Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1998. 464 pp. ISBN: 0-8054-0105-0.
5. Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts. Edited (with Michael A. Grisanti). Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003. 482 pp. ISBN: 0-8254-2892-0.
6. “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 467. Edited (with Robert L. Foster). New York: T & T Clark, 2008. xiv + 199 pp. ISBN: 0-567-02653-1.
7. The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul. Edited (with Andrew J. Schmutzer). Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8024-0962-1.
2. Journal Articles
1. "Sodom and Gomorrah Revisited." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 27.4 (Dec 1984): 385-400.
2. "The Case for Kingship in the Old Testament Narrative Books and the Psalms." Trinity Journal 9.1 (Mar 1988): 19-35.
3. "Editorial Activity in the Psalter: A State-of-the-Field Survey." Word and World 9.3 (Sum 1989): 274-85 [reprinted, with additions, as No. 3.1].
4. "The Transfer of Power from Saul to David in 1 Samuel 16:13-14." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 32.4 (Dec 1989): 473-83.
5. "The Case for Kingship in Deuteronomy and the Former Prophets." Westminster Theological Journal 52.1 (Spring 1990): 101-15.
6. "Rhetorical Criticism in Old Testament Studies." Bulletin for Biblical Research 4 (1994): 87‑104.
7. “Rahab’s Faith: An Exposition of Joshua 2:1-14.” Review and Expositor 95.2 (Spring 1998): 271-77.
8. “Evaluating Commentaries on Joshua.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 2.3 (Fall 1998): 4-10.
9. “’Three Days’ in Joshua 1-3: Resolving a Chronological Conundrum.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41.4 (Dec 1998): 539-50.
10. “Psalm 94 Among the Kingship of YHWH Psalms.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61.4 (Oct 1999): 667-85.
11. "'Surprised by Joy': Joy in the Christian Life and in Christian Scholarship," Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 47.1 (Mar 2004): 3-20.
12. “Preaching the Darkest Psalm: Psalm 88,” Preaching (Sep/Oct 2012): 38-43. [See also No. 3.15.]
3. Book Chapters
1. "Editorial Activity in the Psalter: A State-of-the-Field Survey." In J. C. McCann, ed., The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. JSOT Supplement Series 159 (Sheffield: JSOT, 1993): 52-70 [reprint, with additions, of No. 2.3].
2. "A Contextual Reading of Psalms 90-94." In J. C. McCann, ed., The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. JSOT Supplement Series 159 (Sheffield: JSOT, 1993): 108-23.
3. "Philistines." In A. J. Hoerth, G. L. Mattingly, E. M. Yamauchi, eds., Peoples of the Old Testament World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994): 231-50.
4. "All Israel's Response to Joshua: A Note on the Narrative Framework of Joshua 1." In A. Beck et al., eds., Fortunate the Eyes that See; David Noel Freedman Festschrift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995): 81-91.
5. “Recent Trends in Psalms Study.” In D. W. Baker and B. T. Arnold, eds., The Face of Old
Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999): 329-68.
6. "History as History: The Search for Meaning." In D. M. Howard, Jr. and M. A. Grisanti, eds., Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003): 25-53.
7. “The Psalms and Current Study.” In P. Johnson and D. Firth, eds., Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and approaches (Carlisle, U.K / Downers Grove, IL: Apollos / InterVarsity, 2005): 23-40.
8. “Psalm 88 and the Rhetoric of Lament.” In R. Foster and D. Howard, eds., “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 467 (New York: T & T Clark, 2008): 132-46.
9. “Il salmo 88: come lodare Dio nei tempi difficili.” [“Psalm 88: How to Praise God in Difficult Times.”] In Pietro Ciavarella and David M. Howard Jr., I Salmi: Un invito ad un rapporto più intimo con Dio (Firenze: BE Edizioni, 2010): 71-85
10. “The Old Testament Law: Morality for Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow?” In C. C. Simut, ed., Ethics and Eschatology: Papers Presented at the Annual Theology Conference of Emanuel University, March 10, 2010. (Oradea, Romania: Emanuel University Press, 2011): 53-83.
11. “Introduction to the Historical Books.” In W. Grudem, C. J. Collins, and T. R. Schreiner, eds., Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012): 40-49. Reprint of No. 7.3.
12. “The Proto-MT Psalter, the King, and Psalms 1 and 2: A Response to Klaus Seybold.” In S. Gillingham, ed., Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalter: Conflict and Convergence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012): 182-89.
13. “Divine and Human Kingship as Organizing Motifs in the Psalter.” In A. J. Schmutzer and D. M. Howard, Jr., eds., The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013): 197-207.
14. “Psalm 88: Praising God in the Bad Times.” In A. J. Schmutzer and D. M. Howard, Jr., eds., The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013): 247-54.
15. “Preaching the Darkest Psalm: Psalm 88.” In I. Stackhouse and O. Crisp, eds., Text Message: The Centrality of Scripture in Preaching. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014): 54-66. [See also No. 2.12.]
16. “Divine and Human Kingship as an Organizing Motif in the Psalter.” In the Conference Volume of the 2011 International Theology Conference, Emanuel University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania (in press).
4. Series (Edited)
HANDBOOKS FOR OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS [HOTE] (General Editor). Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006-present.
1. Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., Interpreting the Historical Books: An Exegetical Handbook (2006).
2. Mark D. Futato, Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook (2007).
3. Peter T. Vogt, Interpreting the Pentateuch: An Exegetical Handbook (2009).
4. Gary V. Smith, Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook (2014).
KERUX: AN INTEGRATIVE COMMENTARY FOR PROCLAMATION—OLD TESTAMENT (General Editor, with Robert Chisholm). Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006-present.
KREGEL EXEGETICAL LIBRARY (Editor)
1. Robert B. Chisholm, Jr., A Commentary on Judges and Ruth (2013).
1. D. Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 24.4 (Dec 1981): 357-58.
2. E. M. Yamauchi, The Archaeology of New Testament Cities in Western Asia Minor, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 24.4 (Dec 1981): 362-63.
3. G. J. Botterweck and H. Ringgren, eds., Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, vols. 1-4, in Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 5.5 (May/June 1982): 17.
4. J. Bright, A History of Israel (3rd ed.), in Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 6.1 (Sept/Oct 1982): 22.
5. A. R. Millard and D. J. Wiseman, eds., Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives, in Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 6.2 (Nov/Dec 1982): 22.
6. C. Westermann, The Psalms, in Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 7.1 (Sept/Oct 1983): 34.
7. C. Westermann, Praise and Lament in the Psalms and The Psalms, in Themelios 9.1 (Sept 1983): 25-26.
8. V. P. Hamilton, Handbook on the Pentateuch, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 26.2 (June 1983): 195-97.
9. W. H. Gispen, Exodus, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 26.2 (June 1983): 205-6.
10. The Holy Bible: New King James Version (with W. W. Wessel), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 26.3 (Sept 1983): 369-73.
11. W. S. LaSor, D. A. Hubbard, F. W. Bush, Old Testament Survey, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 27.1 (Mar 1984): 93-95.
12. B. S. Childs, Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context, in Bible Review 4.2 (June 1988): 44.
13. P. D. Miller, Jr., Interpreting the Psalms, in Bible Review 4.2 (June 1988): 44.
14. W. Brueggemann, Israel's Praise, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.2 (June 1992): 247-50.
15. R. Polzin, Samuel and the Deuteronomist, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.2 (June 1992): 269-70.
16. G. M. Tucker, D. L. Petersen, R. R. Wilson, eds., Canon, Theology, and Old Testament Interpretation (B. S. Childs Festschrift), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35.3 (Sept 1992): 415-16.
17. S. L. McKenzie, The Trouble with Kings, in Shofar 11.3 (Spring 1993): 114-15.
18. N. Bierling, Giving Goliath His Due: New Archaeological Light on the Philistines and T. and M. Dothan, People of the Sea: The Search for the Philistines, in Archaeology in the Biblical World 2.2 (Spring 1994): 54-55.
19. G. L. Klein, ed., Reclaiming the Prophetic Mantle: Preaching the Old Testament Faithfully, in Trinity Journal 15.2 (Fall 1994): 255-59.
20. E. Simon et al., Tall Tales Told in Hebrew, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38.2 (June 1995): 257.
21. V. P. Long, The Art of Biblical History, in Trinity Journal 16.2 (Fall 1995): 243-45.
22. R. J. Coggins and J. L. Houlden, eds., A Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38.3 (Sept 1995): 465-66.
23. D. A. Carson et al., eds., New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39.1 (Mar 1996): 149-50.
24. M. A. E. Smith, ed., Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39.2 (June 1996): 293.
25. G. N. Knoppers, Two Nations Under God: The Deuteronomistic History of Solomon and the Dual Monarchies (2 vols.), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39.3 (Sept 1996): 471-73.
26. E. Talstra, Solomon's Prayer: Synchrony and Diachrony in the Composition of 1 Kings 8, 14-61, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39.3 (Sept 1996): 473-75.
27. R. Alter, The World of Biblical Literature, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 39.4 (Dec 1996): 642-43.
28. J. F. D. Creach, Yahweh as Refuge and the Editing of the Hebrew Psalter, in Theology Today 54.2 (July 1997): 281.
29. S. L. McKenzie and M. P. Graham, eds., The History of Israel's Traditions: The Heritage of Martin Noth, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 40.4 (Dec 1997): 689-90.
30. R. D. Bergen, ed., Biblical Hebrew and Discourse Linguistics; W. R. Bodine, ed., Discourse Analysis of Biblical Literature: What It Is and What It Offers, in Journal of the Evangelical
Theological Society 41.1 (Mar 1998): 153-54.
31. N. Whybray, Reading the Psalms as a Book, in Review of Biblical Literature (Apr 1998):
32. T. Wittstruck, The Book of Psalms: An Annotated Bibliography, in Journal of the Evangelical
Theological Society 41.2 (June 1998): 338-39.
33. J. M. Sasson, ed., Civilizations of the Ancient Near East (4 vols.), in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41.4 (Dec 1998): 693-95.
34. G. J. Botterweck, H. Ringgren, and H.-J. Fabry, eds., Theological Dictionary of the Old
Testament, vols. 7-8, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 42.1 (Mar 1999): 91-92.
35. J. D. Douglas et al., eds., New Bible Dictionary (3rd ed.), in Journal of the Evangelical
Theological Society 42.1 (Mar 1999): 165-66.
36. C. S. Ehrlich, The Philistines in Transition: A History from ca. 1000-730 B.C.E., in Journal of
the Evangelical Theological Society 42.2 (June 1999): 313-14.
37. R. S. Nelson, The Historical Books, in Seminary Ridge Review 1.3 (Sum 1999): 91-93.
38. H. Gunkel and J. Begrich, Introduction to the Psalms: The Genres of the Religious Lyric of
Israel, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 42.4 (Dec 1999): 722-23.
39. J. Limburg, Psalms (Westminster Bible Companion), in The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 22.2 (July 2001): 223-24.
40. C. H. J. van de Merwe, J. A. Naudé, and J. Kroeze, A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44.3 (Sept 2001): 514-515.
41 W. W. Hallo, ed., The Context of Scripture, 3 vols., in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 47.1 (Mar 2004): 137-40.
42. B. K. Waltke and J. M. Houston, with E. Moore, The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary, in in Bulletin for Biblical Research 21.4 (2011): 541-42.
43. K. A. Reynolds, Torah as Teacher: The Exemplary Torah Student in Psalm 119, in Bulletin for Biblical Research 21.4 (2011): 542-43.
6. Dictionary and Encyclopedia Articles (50)
1. G. W. Bromiley et al., eds., The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. 3 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986): Melody; Oven; Paint; Perfume; Picks; Planes; Powders.
2. G. W. Bromiley et al., eds., The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988): Sheaf, Sheaves; Shoe, Sandal; Sickle; Siddim, Valley of; Sodom; Stove; Thong; Zeboiim; Zoar.
3. D. N. Freedman, ed., Anchor Bible Dictionary (Garden City: Doubleday, 1992).
Major entry: David (vol. 2, pp. 41-49).
Minor entries: Absalom; Amnon; Beeliada; Chileab; Daniel; David, Sons of; Eliada; Eliphelet; Elishua; Ibhar; Ithream; Japhia (person); Japhia (place); Nathan; Nepheg; Nogah; Shammua; Shimea; Shimeah; Shobab.
4. T. C. Butler and D. S. Dockery, eds., Holman Bible Handbook (Nashville: Holman, 1992): Egypt (p. 142); Moses (p. 140) [reprinted as No. 6.7].
5. W. A. VanGemeren, ed., New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997): glh “exile; uncover, reveal” (vol.1, pp. 861-64); sbh “captive” (vol. 4, pp. 18-19); Esther, Theology of (vol. 4, pp. 582-85); Philistines (vol. 4, pp. 1048-52); Rehoboam (vol. 4, pp. 1127-29).
6. T. Longman, III, L. Ryken, J. Wilhoit, eds., Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1998): Abraham's Bosom; King, Kingship; Shoe, Sandal; Throne.
7. D. S. Dockery, ed., Holman Concise Bible Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1998):
Egypt (p. 27); Moses (p. 23) [reprint of No. 6.4].
8. G. Scorgie, ed., Dictionary of Christian Spirituality (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011): Lament (pp. 566-68); Psalms (pp. 696-97).
12. Newspaper/Magazine Columns and Letters
1. Op-ed column on secular societies, Minneapolis Star and Tribune (December 15,1984): 25A.
2. Op-ed column on Planned Parenthood, Minneapolis Star and Tribune (August 8,1987): 13A.
3. Letter to the Editor on mixed-gender athletic teams, Chicago Tribune (November 7, 1992), Sect. 1, p. 22.
4. Letter to the Editor on Oregon's Proposition 9, Chicago Tribune (November 11, 1992), Sect. 1, p. 20.
5. Guest column ("Ask Your Professor to Lunch Sometime"), The Scribe [Trinity student newspaper] (June 2, 1993): 3.
6. Letter to the Editor on home-schooling, Chicago Tribune (September 20,1993), Sect.1, p. 14.
7. Letter to the Editor on sportsmanship, Sports Illustrated (January 17, 2000), p. 10.
8. “Correspondence” (response to M. Moore), Hebrew Studies 43 (2002): 345.
9. “Houses of Worship” column: “Triumph From Tragedy: Five missionaries’ murders were not the end of the story,” The Wall Street Journal (January 20, 2006): W11. [Reprinted as No. 14.12.]
10. “Houses of Worship” column: “Bus Stop: Protesters cry discrimination at Christian colleges,” The Wall Street Journal (May 5, 2006): W15.
11. “Executive Read” column: Review of C. S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, St. Paul Pioneer Press (January 28, 2007): 3D.
12. “Houses of Worship” column: “Rome-ward Bound: An evangelical converts to Catholicism, and everyone remains friendly,” The Wall Street Journal (May 21, 2007): W13.
13. “Houses of Worship” column: “The Intrepid Missionary Elisabeth Elliot,” The Wall Street Journal (June 26, 2015): A11.
13. Books: Translations and Electronic Editions
1. An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Electronic Edition. QuickVerse Bible Software, Parsons Technology, Hiawatha, Iowa, 1997.
2. An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Electronic Edition. Logos Bible Software, Logos Research Systems, Oak Harbor, Washington, 1998.
3. An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Chinese Edition. Taipei, Taiwan: China Evangelical Seminary Press, 1998. xxx + 541 pp.
4. An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books, Korean Edition. Seoul: Christian Publishing House, 2001, xxii + 514 pp.
5. Kitab-Kitab Sejarah dalam Perjanjian Lama [An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books], Indonesian Edition. Malang (Jawa Timur): Yayasan Penerbit Gandum Mas, 2002. 491 pp.
1. "Selected Noteworthy Articles of 1980 and 1981." Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin 5.5 (May/June 1982): 28-29.
2. The Structure of Psalms 93-100. Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms International, 1986). UMI No. 8612539.
3. “Biblical Perspectives on Abortion: A Sermon.” and “An Annotated Bibliography of ‘Pro-Life’ Works on Abortion.” (February 1989), 22 pp.
4. "Roots" [Thoughts on Psalm 1]. Bethel Focus 41.3 (September 1989): 9.
5. "Reflections on Trinity's Seminary Education." TEDS 2000 Documents (Fall 1992), 13 pp.
6. The Big Book of Questions and Answers: The Bible as Told in the Old Testament (co-authored, with B. Phillips and C. Richards). Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, Ltd., 1992. 160 pp. ISBN - 1-56173-467-5. [Wrote Chapters 3 and 4: "Family Worship and Customs" and "How the Bible Came to Be," pp. 100-160.]
7. Guest editorial, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 38.1 (March 1995): 1-2.
8. “Remembering Ernie” [Reflections on a near-death experience and a martyred missionary]. Latin America Evangelist 77.1 (January-March 1997): 6-10.
9. “Life Isn’t Fair” (or, “God’s Faithfulness Throughout Time: Habakkuk”) [monthly Bible study feature]. Decision 43.8 (August 2002): 36-39.
10. “Introduction.” In Biblical Faith and Other Religions, ed. D. W. Baker. ETS Monograph Series. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004, pp. 11-16.
11. "Exile and Restoration," Tabletalk [magazine of Ligonier Ministries] 30.2 (February 2006): 16-18.
12. “Triumph from Tragedy.” Bethel Seminary Heart & Mind (Spring 2006): 10-12. [Reprint of No. 12.9.]
13. Series Preface, Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis [HOTE]. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006. See No. 4.1, pp. 17-19.
14. A Daily Dose of Knowledge: Bible (co-author). Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, Ltd., 2008. 384 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4127-1541-6. [Wrote 120 short lessons on “Significant Events in the Old Testament” and “People of the Old Testament.”]
15. “A Gospel Declaration: A Call to Gospel-Informed Ministry.” ConvergePoint (Feb-Mar 2010): 7-10. Co-author.
16. “Reflections from Dr. David Howard Jr.” The Messenger [Newsletter of Emanuel University of Oradea] (Fall/Winter 2010), p. 5.
17. “Introduction” to “The Student, the Fish, and Agassiz,” in John Piper, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010, p. 205.
18. “Reading Psalms and Proverbs: A Conversation with David Howard,” in G. H. Guthrie, Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2011. Pages 111-130.
19. “The Historical Books,” in the Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Access at http://faithlifebible.com.
20. “Thoughts on Ezra’s Spiritual Leadership,” 60th Diamond Anniversary Magazine of the Malaysia Baptist Theological Seminary (November 2014), p. 85.
15. Works in Progress
1. The Psalms in Recent Research. Sources for Biblical and Theological Study. Editor (with Patrick D. Miller). Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.
2. Psalms 1-72. New American Commentary 12 (NAC). Nashville: Broadman & Holman.
9. Lectures/Lectureships/Invited Responses
1. "Understanding the Psalms," Founders Week Seminars, Bethel College and Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, January 27-29, 1987.
2. "Biblical Interpretation and Common Sense," National Bible Week Lectureship, The College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 30, 1988.
3. "The Philistines," Archaeology Conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, November 10, 1989.
4. "Wisdom and the Book of Proverbs," American Association of University Women, Minneapolis, Minnesota, February 5, 1990.
5. "In Search of the Historical David”: A Response to Robert Gordon, “In Search of David: The David Tradition in Recent Study," Archaeology Conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, November 1990.
6. “Proper Methodological Approaches to the Study of Ancient Societies”: A Response to James R. Hoffmeier, “The Evangelical Contribution to Understanding of the History of Ancient Israel,” Institute for Biblical Research National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 23, 1996.
7. “Qinah”: A Response in the Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section, National Meeting, Society of Biblical Literature, San Francisco, California, November 21, 1997 (panel discussion on “Poetic Features of the Genre of Lament in the Bible”).
8. “Speaking of Miracles: What Ever Happened to the Sun and the Moon? Hermeneutics and Interpretation in Joshua 10,” Ola Farmer Lenaz Lectureship, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, December 16, 1999.
9. “God’s Glory Revealed: The Miracles of Joshua 10,” Installation Address, Bethel Theological Seminary, February 2, 2001.
10. "'Surprised by Joy': Joy in the Christian Life and in Christian Scholarship," Presidential Address, Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 20, 2003.
11. “Can We Trust the Bible in Matters of History and Science?” Biblical Reliability Conference, University of Minnesota (sponsored by The MacLaurin Institute), February 19, 2005 (panel discussion with Craig Blomberg, Corinne Carvalho, and Philip Sellew).
12. “Transformation: Our Calling and Our Mission,” Deans’ Installation Service, Bethel Seminary, March 2, 2005.
13. “’Myth’ and History in Psalm 114 and Habakkuk 3”: A Response to Adele Berlin, “Myth and Meaning in Psalm 114,” International Symposium on the Psalms, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, May 18, 2006.
14. “Psalm 88 and the Rhetoric of Lament,” Biblical Studies Colloquium, Bethel University, October 11, 2007.
15. A Response to Gary A. Long, “Escaping the ‘Cult of Fact’: Reflections on History and History-Writing in Holy Writ.” Biblical Studies Colloquium, Bethel University, September 30, 2009.
16. “The Old Testament Law: Morality for Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow?” Paper presentation at the International Theology Conference, Emmanuel University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania, March 16, 2010.
17. A Response to Klaus Seybold, “The Psalter as a Book,” International Psalms Conference, Worcester College, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K., September 24, 2010.
18. “A Brief History of the English Bible,” International Society of Bible Collectors, Orlando, Florida, October 1, 2010.
19. “Stories of a Translator: My Experiences on the Translation Teams of the New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and Holman Christian Standard Bible,” International Society of Bible Collectors, Orlando, Florida, October 2, 2010.
20. “Divine and Human Kingship as an Organizing Motif in the Psalter,” Villa Aurora, Florence, Italy, March 21, 2011.
21. “Divine and Human Kingship as an Organizing Motif in the Psalter,” Paper presentation at the International Theology Conference, Emmanuel University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania, November 3, 2011.
22. “Divine and Human Kingship as an Organizing Motif in the Psalter,” Plenary-session presentation at the Ph.D. Seminar Week, Golden Gate Seminary, Mill Valley, California, January 2012.
23. “The Old Testament and the Book of Revelation,” Paper presentation at “The Book of Revelation and the End Times” Round Table Discussion, Golden Gate Seminary, Mill Valley, California, March 26, 2015.
10. Conference Speaking and Teaching
1. "The God of the Psalms," Conference speaker (6 messages), Cedar Lake Bible Conference Center, Cedar Lake, Indiana, July 1-5, 1992.
2. "Unsung Heroes of the Faith," Main platform speaker (7 messages), Camp-of-the-Woods, Speculator, New York, August 21-26, 1994.
3. “Unsung Heroes of the Faith,” Conference speaker (4 messages), Arrowhead Bible Camp, New Auburn, Wisconsin, May 24-27, 1996.
4. “Studies in the Book of Joshua,” Winter Bible Study, University Baptist Church, Eunice, Louisiana, January 9-10, 1999.
5. “Studies in the Book of Joshua,” Winter Bible Study, First Baptist Church, Raceland, Louisiana, January 23-24, 1999.
6. “Studies in the Book of Joshua,” Winter Bible Study, Montpelier Baptist Church, Montpelier, Louisiana, January 30, 1999.
7. “Studies in the Book of Joshua,” Winter Bible Study, Lakeview Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 5-7, 1999.
8. “Studies in Habakkuk,” Workshop at the Leadership Conference of the Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting, Glenarden, Maryland, June 25, 2003.
9. “The State of Evangelicalism,” Panel discussion (with Leith Anderson and Robert Ricker) at the Leadership Conference of the Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting, Glenarden, Maryland, June 25, 2003.
10. “Missionary Martyrs I Have Known: Jim Elliot and Ernie Fowler," Baptist General Conference Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, June 28, 2006.
11. Bible Seminar Teacher, Camp-of-the-Woods, Speculator, New York, Summers 1991-1994, 2005-2007, 2009, 2011.
12. Bible translators’ workshop on biblical exegesis, in a closed country, October 2011.
13. Bible translators’ workshop on Psalms, Chiang Mai, Thailand, January 2014.
14. Keynote speaker at a pastors’ conference on suicide prevention, Fairbanks, Alaska (scheduled for January 2016).
Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards
- Evangelical Theological Society, 1978 - present.
- Society of Biblical Literature, 1978 - present.
- Institute for Biblical Research, 1982 – 1992, 2001 - present.
Executive Committee Member, Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), 2001-2007.
- President of the ETS, 2003.
- President-Elect and Program Chair of the ETS, 2002.
- Vice President of the ETS, 2001
Hobbies and Interests
Hobbies: Music (mostly classical and folk), reading, live theater, photography, canoeing, biking, downhill skiing. Completed five marathons (Drake Relays: 1977; Twin Cities: 1983, 1986, 1989; Grandma’s: 1990).
Jer 9:23-24 ¶ Thus says the LORD: Do not let the wise boast in their wisdom, do not let the mighty boast in their might, do not let the wealthy boast in their wealth; Jer 9:24 but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the LORD; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the LORD.