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Robert B. Chisholm

Department Chair and Senior Professor of Old Testament Studies

BA, Syracuse University, 1973; MDiv, Grace Theological Seminary, 1976; ThM, 1978; ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1983

While Dr. Chisholm enjoys teaching the full breadth of Old Testament Studies, he takes special delight in the books of Judges, Samuel, Isaiah, and Amos. Dr. Chisholm has published seven books, with commentaries on Judges-Ruth and 1–2 Samuel forthcoming. He was translation consultant for the International Children’s Bible and for The Everyday Bible and is senior Old Testament editor for the NET Bible. Any discussion with Dr. Chisholm on the Old Testament, however, can be quickly sidetracked when mentioning Syracuse University basketball or the New York Yankees, teams which probably do not have a greater fan outside the state of New York, much to the chagrin of his colleagues.

Courses Taught

  • OT101 - Elements of Hebrew I
  • OT102 - Elements of Hebrew II
  • OT103 - Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction I
  • OT104 - Hebrew Exegesis and Old Testament Introduction II
  • OT405 - Exegesis of Genesis
  • OT430 - Exegesis of Isaiah
  • OT710 - Knowing God through the Old Testament
  • PM231 - Preaching OT Narrative
  • OT1005 - Exegesis in the Prophets

Interests

Academic Interests

Old Testament exegesis
Old Testament narrative
Old Testament prophetic literature
Hebrew language

Personal Interests

Reading (history)
sports (watching)
music (listening)

Books

DTS Voice Videos

Classic: Genocide in the Old Testament
Validating Genesis
Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bright: The Great Reversal
Chapel: Genocide in the Old Testament
When David Became Goliath
Genocide in the Old Testament
The New Testament View of Same-Sex Sexuality
Queen James Passages in the Old Testament
Historical Adam in the New Testament
Historical Adam in the Old Testament and Early Judaism
The Importance of the Historical Adam
Fear Not! I Am With You! The Privilege of Sharing the Good News
Current Issues in Christianity
Fatal Attraction: Naive Pete Meets Mrs. Robinson

DTS Voice Articles

Journal Articles

  • "Israel's Retreat and the Failure of Prophecy in 2 Kings 3." Bibliotheca Sacra (92). 2011. 70-80.
  • "Ehud: Assessing an Assassin." Bibliotheca Sacra (168). 2010. 274-82.
  • "Israel’s Retreat and the Failure of Prophecy in 2 Kings 3." Biblica (92). 2010. 70-80.
  • "What Went on in Jael’s Tent? The Collocation wtkshw bsmykh in Judges 4, 18." Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament 24 2010. 143-44.
  • "A Note on Judges 13:20-21: Sorting out the Syntax." Jewish Bible Quarterly (38.1). 2010. 10-12.
  • "In Defense of Paneling as a Clue to the Chronology of Judges: A Critique of Andrew Steinmann’s Reply." JETS (53). 2010. 375-82.
  • "When Prophecy Appears to Fail, Check Your Hermeneutic." JETS (53). 2010. 561-77.
  • "The Ethical Challenge of Jephthah’s Fulfilled Vow." Bibliotheca Sacra (167). 2010. 404-22.
  • "Identity Crisis: Assessing Samson’s Birth and Career." Bibliotheca Sacra (166). 2009. 147-62.
  • "How a Hermeneutical Virus Can Corrupt Theological Systems." Bibliotheca Sacra (166). 2009. 259-70.
  • "The Chronology of the Book of Judges: A Linguistic Clue to Solving a Pesky Problem." JETS (52). 2009. 247-55.
  • "What’s Wrong with This Picture? Stylistic Variation as a Rhetorical Technique in Judges." Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (34.2). 2009. 171-82.
  • "Yahweh Versus the Canaanite Gods: Polemic in Judges and 1 Samuel 1-7." Bibliotheca Sacra (164:654). 2007. 165-80.
  • "Anatomy of an Anthropomorphism: Does God Discover Facts?." Bibliotheca Sacra (164:653). 2007. 3-20.
  • Review of "Ancient Hebrew Inscriptions: Corpus and Concordance. 2." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 361-362.
  • Review of "Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. V 12." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 362-363.
  • Review of "Theological dictionary of the Old Testament. V 14." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 363-364.
  • Review of "1 Samuel." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 366-368.
  • "The Christological Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Servant Songs." Bibliotheca Sacra (163:652). 2006. 387-404.
  • Review of "Beginning Biblical Hebrew." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 357-357.
  • Review of "Old Testament Theology. Volume One, Israel's gospel." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 357-359.
  • Review of "Narrative Structure and Discourse Constellations: An Analysis of Clause Function in Biblical Hebrew Prose." Bibliotheca sacra (163:651). 2006. 360-361.
  • Review of "Punishment and Forgiveness in Israel's Migratory Campaign." Bibliotheca sacra (163:650). 2006. 245-246.
  • Review of "The Psalms: Strophic, Structure and Theological Commentary." Bibliotheca sacra (163:650). 2006. 246-248.
  • Review of "The Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 in Jewish and Christian Sources." Bibliotheca sacra (163:650). 2006. 248-249.
  • Review of "Bible (OT)." Bibliotheca sacra (163:649). 2006. 118-120.
  • Review of "Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary." Bibliotheca sacra (162:648). 2005. 496-496.
  • Review of "Now My Eyes Have Seen You: Images of Creation and Evil in the Book of Job." Bibliotheca sacra (162:648). 2005. 498-499.
  • Review of "Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From?." Bibliotheca sacra (162:647). 2005. 377-378.
  • Review of "The Twelve Prophets." Bibliotheca sacra (162:647). 2005. 378-379.
  • Review of "Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament. V 12." Bibliotheca Sacra (162:646). 2005. 241-242.
  • Review of "Eighth Century Prophets: a Social Analysis." Bibliotheca Sacra (162:646). 2005. 245-245.
  • Review of "Lamentations." Bibliotheca Sacra (162:645). 2005. 121-122.
  • Review of "Pocket Dictionary for the Study of Biblical Hebrew." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:644). 2004. 500-501.
  • Review of "Reading the Lines: a Fresh Look at the Hebrew Bible." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:644). 2004. 501-502.
  • Review of "The Prophetic Literature: an Introduction." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:644). 2004. 502-504.
  • Review of "Isaiah 40-55: a New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:644). 2004. 504-505.
  • Review of "Daily Life in Ancient Mesopotamia." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:643). 2004. 372-372.
  • Review of "Readings from the Ancient Near East: Primary Sources for Old Testament Study." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:643). 2004. 375-376.
  • Review of "A Hebrew Reader for Ruth." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:643). 2004. 376-376.
  • Review of "Social World of the Hebrew." Themelios (29:2). 2004. 58.
  • Review of "Exploring the Old Testament, Volume 4: The Prophets." Themelios (29:2). 2004. 59.
  • Review of "Genesis: the Story We Haven't Heard." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:642). 2004. 243-244.
  • Review of "The Character of God in the Book of Genesis: a Narrative Appraisal." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:642). 2004. 244-245.
  • Review of "Genesis: a Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 117-118.
  • Review of "1 Kings: a New Translation with Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 119-119.
  • Review of "Bible (OT)." Bibliotheca sacra (161:641). 2004. 119-119.
  • Review of "David's Secret Demons: Messiah, Murderer, Traitor, King." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 120-121.
  • Review of "Vain Rhetoric: Private Insight and Public Debate in Ecclesiastes." Bibliotheca Sacra (161:641). 2004. 121-122.
  • Review of "Determinism in the Book of Ecclesiastes." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 498-499.
  • Review of "The Conceptual Coherence of the Book of Micah." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 499-499.
  • Review of "Reading Biblical Narratives: Literary Criticism and the Hebrew Bible." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 491-492.
  • Review of "Leviticus As Literature." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 493-494.
  • Review of "In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 494-494.
  • Review of "Yahweh Versus Baalism: a Theological Reading of the Gideon-Abimelech Narrative." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 496-497.
  • Review of "Psalms. Part 2, and Lamentations." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:640). 2003. 497-498.
  • Review of "The Story of Joseph and the Family of Jacob." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:639). 2003. 376-376.
  • Review of "Encountering the Book of Psalms: a Literary and Theological Introduction." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 249-250.
  • Review of "Joel and Obadiah: a Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:638). 2003. 250-251.
  • Review of "Abraham and Family: New Insights into the Patriarchal Narratives." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 116-117.
  • Review of "The World of the Aramaeans. I, Biblical Studies in Honour of Paul-Eugène Dion." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 117-118.
  • Review of "Reading Isaiah: Poetry and Vision." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 118-119.
  • Review of "The Book of Jubilees." Bibliotheca Sacra (160:637). 2003. 119-119.
  • "A Rhetorical Use of Point of View in Old Testament Narrative." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 404-414.
  • Review of "Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, V 10." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 484-485.
  • Review of "Interpreting the Old Testament: a Guide for Exegesis." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 485-486.
  • Review of "Life in Biblical Israel." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 488-488.
  • Review of "The Religion of Ancient Israel." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 489-490.
  • Review of "Yahweh and the Gods and Goddesses of Canaan." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 490-491.
  • Review of "Abraham, Israel and the Nations: the Patriarchal Promise and Its Covenantal Development in Genesis." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 491-492.
  • Review of "Bible (OT)." Bibliotheca sacra (159:636). 2002. 492-493.
  • Review of "Proverbs 1-9: a New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:636). 2002. 492-493.
  • Review of "Ancient Israel's Faith and History: an Introduction to the Bible in Context." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:635). 2002. 373-374.
  • Review of "Israel Constructs Its History: Deuteronomistic Historiography in Recent Research." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:635). 2002. 375-375.
  • Review of "Israël Construit son Histoire." Bibliotheca sacra (159:635). 2002. 375-375.
  • Review of "Joel and Amos." Bibliotheca sacra (159:635). 2002. 376-376.
  • Review of "The Psalms: An Introduction." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 246-247.
  • Review of "Isaiah 1-39: a New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 247-248.
  • Review of "Micah: a New Translation with Introduction and Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:634). 2002. 248-250.
  • Review of "Bible (OT)." Bibliotheca sacra (159:634). 2002. 247-248.
  • Review of "Bible (OT)." Bibliotheca sacra (159:634). 2002. 248-250.
  • Review of "Minor Prophets, Pt 2." Bibliotheca Sacra (159:633). 2002. 124-125.
  • "God’s Faithfulness Through Time." Decision (45:1). 2002. 36-39.
  • Review of "Genesis." Bibliotheca sacra (159:633). 2002. 122-123.
  • "Pharaoh Don’t Know Diddly." Kindred Spirit (25:1). 2001. 3-5.
  • Review of "What Rough Beast? Images of God in the Hebrew Bible." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 492-494.
  • Review of "Introduction to the Composition of the Pentateuch." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 495-496.
  • Review of "Isaiah's Servant Poems According to the Septuagint: an Exegetical and Theological Study." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 496-497.
  • Review of "The Emergence of Yehud in the Persian Period: a Social and Demographic Study." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 498-499.
  • Review of "Zemah and Zerubbabel: Messianic Expectations in the Early Postexilic Period." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:632). 2001. 498-498.
  • Review of "Word Order and Time in Biblical Hebrew Narrative." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:631). 2001. 378-379.
  • Review of "Why Ask My Name: Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:631). 2001. 379-380.
  • Review of "Goddesses and Trees, New Moon and Yahweh: Ancient Near Eastern Art and the Hebrew Bible." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:631). 2001. 380-380.
  • Review of "On the Way to Nineveh : Studies in Honor of George M Landes." Bibliotheca Sacra (158:629). 2001. 124-125.
  • Review of "Proverbs: a Commentary." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 500-501.
  • ""Drink Water from Your Own Cistern": a Literary Study of Proverbs 5:15-23." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 397-409.
  • Review of "Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament, V 10." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 499-500.
  • Review of "A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:628). 2000. 500-500.
  • Review of "The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament, V 4: Sin-tav." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:627). 2000. 373-373.
  • Review of "Stories in Scripture and Inscriptions: Comparative Studies on Narratives in Northwest Semitic Inscriptions and the Hebrew Bible." Bibliotheca Sacra (157:627). 2000. 374-375.