Dr. John Oswalt
John N. Oswalt is currently Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He received the B.A. degree from Taylor University, the B.D. and Th.M. degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Brandeis University with a concentration in Mediterranean Studies. His particular interest is Hebrew language and the formation of Hebrew religion against the background of the ancient Near East.
During his professional career Dr. Oswalt has held faculty positions at Barrington College, Asbury Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Wesley Biblical Seminary. In addition, he served a term as President of Asbury College.
He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books, including a two-volume commentary on Isaiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series. He was the Old Testament Editor of the Wesley Bible (Thomas Nelson Publishers) and served as Consulting Editor for the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan, 1997). He was a member of the New International Version translation team, and was Senior Translator, Prophets, for the New Living Translation (1996, 2004).
Dr. Oswalt and his wife, Karen, have three children. He is an ordained minister in the Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
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In a time of spiritual and political turmoil, the Prophet Isaiah spoke Yahweh’s message to his people in Judah. Surrounded by pagan enemies and facing unfaithfulness in their own nation, what could the faithful of Judah expect from God? Would he remain true to them while also judging the unrighteousness of his “treasured nation”? Could these people really become God’s servants to share his message with the world? Many of the answers in Isaiah ring startlingly true in our culture today. Old Testament scholar John N. Oswalt illuminates God’s warning to his people and his plan for their ultimate redemption.
During the Spring semester of 2012, Dr. John Oswalt led a 16-week Bible study through the entire book of Exodus. At the request of many of our long-distance friends, we have recorded and compiled the complete study into a series of 16 videos that are available to order from our Bookstore, or download the student guides, and watch the videos online now.