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Dr John N Oswalt


Old Testament studies

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B.A., Taylor University

B.D., Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary

M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University

Dr. John Oswalt returned to the Asbury Theological Seminary faculty in 2009 as visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament.

He served as research professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, Miss., since 1999. Prior to that, he was professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Asbury Seminary from 1989 to 1999. This was his second term on Asbury Seminary’s faculty, having first served from 1970 to 1982. In the interim, he was president of Asbury College (now Asbury University) from 1983 to 1986 and a member of the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., from 1986 to 1989.

Oswalt received a B.A. from Taylor University; a B.D. and Th.M. from Asbury Theological Seminary; and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

His writings have appeared in Bible encyclopedias, scholarly journals and popular religious periodicals. Many of his articles have dealt with the application of Biblical teachings to modern ethical questions. He has written more than eight books. His most recent book is Lectures in Old Testament Theology: Yahweh is God Alone with Dennis Kinlaw, 2010. He was the Old Testament editor of the Wesley Study Bible, a study Bible from the Wesleyan perspective published by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 1990. He also 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 is currently one of a six-member editorial team that has revised the Living Bible (New Living Translation, 1996), and is continuing the revision process with Tyndale House Publishers.

Oswalt is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, with membership in the Kentucky Annual Conference. He has served as a part-time pastor to congregations in New England and Kentucky, and is a frequent speaker in conferences, camps and local churches.

He is married to the former Karen Kennedy, and they have three children and four grandchildren.


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    • Ken Perdue on August 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm
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    Dear Dr. Oswald,

    A short time ago you worked with my father, Dr. Nelson Perdue, at the Indian Springs Campmeeting. He brought home recordings of your lessons on Ephesians for me to listen to and study along with. Even though I was not present at the campmeeting, I am very much enjoying your ministry through the recordings.

    My father also asked me to mail you a copy of his devotional book, “Holiness: Our Heritage.” Could you please email me the address to which you would like the book mailed?

    May the Lord continue to bless your rich ministry!

    In Christ,
    Ken Perdue

    1. Thanks, Ken. I am glad you are finding the study helpful. My address is 1288 Bethel Rd. Nicholasville, KY 40356.
      John Oswalt

    • Chris Thomas on November 21, 2015 at 10:14 am
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    I had the privilege of sitting under the teaching of Dr. John Oswalt for a study on the Old Testament. God really used Dr. Oswalt and His teaching to speak to my heart and to gain a deeper and fresher appreciation of the Old Testament. If you ever have the chance to hear Dr. Oswalt, I would encourage you to take it. You will be blessed. Before I began the Old Testament session with him, I was expecting a “dry bones” approach. However, within the first 10 minutes of the class, I was instantly inspired and hooked and ready for the journey ahead.

    Chris Thomas
    Belleview Community Church

    • Frank Greenlee on July 28, 2017 at 9:46 am
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    Does the “Wesley study bible ” come in any other version than the NRSV not a fan of this translation I really like the NASB , I sure enjoy Dr. Oswald’s writings and his devotional which I get by email thank you very much

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