Lamar E. Cooper, Sr.

Lamar E. Cooper, Sr.

Senior Professor of Old Testament & Archaeology and Graduate Dean Emeritus

Contact Information

Office:  214.818.1322
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Education

  • 1982 (summer) Additional studies in archaeology with Amnon Ben Tor at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and was a participant in excavations at Tel Yoqune'am, Israel
  • 1975 Th.D. (Old Testament), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1971-1972 Additional studies completed at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, in field of public education; at Louisiana State University (now University of New Orleans) in foreign languages
  • 1969 Th.M. (Honors Program), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1969 (summer) Additional studies in archaeology with Dr. Yohanan Aharoni at Tel Aviv University and was a participant in initial excavations at Beersheba, Israel
  • 1963 B.A. (Major: Bible; Minor: Psychology), Louisiana College

Employment History

  • 2011-Present Senior Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology and Graudate Dean Emeritus, Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • 2010-2011 Executive Vice President and Provost, Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • 2008-2010 Interim President, Criswell College, Dallas, TX
  • 2003 Acting President, Criswell College. Served as Acting President upon the resignation of Dr. Richard Wells and continued to serve as Executive Vice President and Provost during this same period.
  • 1997-2012 Executive Vice President and Provost, Criswell College
  • 1997 (Apr-Jul) Vice President for Academic Affairs, Criswell College
  • 1995-1997 Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO
  • 1989-1995 Director of Denominational Relations, Christian Life Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, TN
  • 1980-1989 Dean of Graduate Studies, Criswell College
  • 1983-1984 Interim Pastor, Meadowbrook Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX
  • 1978-1989 Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Criswell College
  • 1974-1978 Pastor, First Baptist Church, Madisonville, TX
  • 1971-1974 Professor of Old Testament, New Testament, and Greek, Evening Division, Union Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • 1971-1974 Graduate Fellow, Old Testament Department, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA
  • 1971-1974 Pastor, Clifton Baptist Church, Franklinton, LA
  • 1970 (half year) Classroom Teacher, 5th and 6th grades, Dekalb, TX
  • 1969-1971 Pastor, Malta Baptist Church, Dekalb, TX
  • 1966-1969 Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Franklinton, LA
  • 1963-1966 Associate Pastor and Minister of Music, Expressway Baptist Church, Gretna, LA
  • 1963-1966 Classroom Teacher, 5th and 6th grades, Jefferson Parish, LA

Scholarship

  • "Qumran - The Pottery Factory Revisited," Evangelical Theological Society, Near East Archaeological Society, November 2013.
  • "Predestination as an Exegetical Question," Criswell Theological Review, n.s. 10, no 1 (Fall 2012).
  • Cooper, Lamar E. Sr. "The Second Coming of Messiah in the Old Testament," in The Return of Christ, ed. David L. Allen and Steve Lemke. Nashville, TN: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2011 (160-205).
  • "Qumran, the Essenes, and Messianic Hope." Criswell Theological Review, n.s. 7, no. 2 (Fall 2009).
  • "Ezekiel." In Apologetics Study Bible. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2007.
  • "Qumran and the Messianic Hope." Address presented at the annual meeting of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism-North America, San Antonio, TX, April 16, 2007.
  • "Qumran and the Bible." Lecture given to the Criswell Bible Class, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, January 21, 2007.
  • "Pathos, Ethos, and Logos: Preaching as the Centerpiece of the Ministry of W. A. Criswell." Criswell Theological Review n.s. 1, no. 1 (Fall 2003).
  • "Ezekiel." In The Message, ed. Eugene Peterson. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2002.
  • "Defining Strong Pastoral Leadership." Lecture given at Criswell College, Dallas, TX, 2002.
  • "Deciphering Theological Turnspeak." SBC LIFE (Dec 2001): 6.
  • "Moral Sanity for the Third Millennium." Chapel address delivered at the annual Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention conference, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, March 12, 1997.
  • "Resetting Our Moral Compass." Annual Convocation Address delivered at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, August 29, 1996.
  • "Book review of Ezekiel & the Leaders of Israel by Iain M. Duguid." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (1996).
  • "Interpreting the Poetical Books for Preaching," Faith and Mission 13, no. 1 (Fall 1995).
  • Ezekiel. New American Commentary 17. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994.
  • "Gambling" (anti-gambling article on biblical perspective on gambling). In Family Worship Bible. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 1991.
  • Contributing Editor, The Believers Study Bible, study notes on Numbers, Ezekiel, edited notes on Zechariah. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.
  • "The Literary Contributions of W. A. Criswell," Criswell Theological Review n.s. 1, no. 2 (Spring 1987); also printed in The Church at the Dawn of the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of W. A. Criswell. Dallas, TX: Criswell Publications, 1989.
  • "Hebrew Hints" column on insights and illustrations on biblical words, Southern Baptist Advocate, 1984 -1986.
  • "The Biblical Doctrine of the Believer's Security." Shophar 8, no. 1 (1984).\
  • Contributing editor, Criswell Study Bible, study notes on Numbers and Ezekiel. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1979.
  • "The Davidic Kingdom in an Understanding of the Kingdom of God." Th.D. diss., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA, 1975.
  • "Joshua: Model of Obedience." Adult Family Bible Study Leader Guide. Nashville, TN: LifeWay Christian Resources, Sept. 2001.
  • "Before Christ: Promise and Prophecy." Adult Family Bible Study Leader Guide. Nashville, TN; LifeWay Christian Resources, Oct-Nov 2000. 
  • "Affluenza: Causes and Cure." Stewardship Journal (Fall 1998).
  • "Making a Difference." Advanced Bible Study. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Oct-Dec 1998.
  • "Issues of Life and Death." Advanced Bible Study. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Jan 1998.
  • "Finding Help for Life's Crises." Directions, Adult Life and Work Quarterly and Pursuits, Adult Life and Work Quarterly. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, July 1997.
  • "Helping the Compulsive Gambler." Caregiving 4, no. 3 (Apr-May 1997).
  • "The Impact of Gambling on the American Family." Address delivered to the Mayor's Conference on Gambling, Branson, MO, September 13, 1996; and Christian Life Commission Seminar, Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY, March 4, 1997.
  •  "Ecclesiastes, Proverbs, and Hebrews." Ventures, Life and Work Adult Quarterly. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Jul-Sept 1996.
  • "The Ways of Death, Proverbs 14:12." Nashville, TN: Christian Life Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, 1996.
  • "Superficial Religion." Proclaim (Oct, Nov, Dec 1995): 27-28.
  • "The Power of Buying." Royal Service (Sept 1995).
  • "Alcohol and Drugs: Danger-Be Wise!" Pursuits Adult Teacher and Ventures & Pathways Adult Life & Work Teacher. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Aug 1995.
  • "Champion a Cause!" Royal Service (Aug 1995).
  • "Create Awareness!" Royal Service (July 1995).
  • "Seek Legal Change." Royal Service (June 1995): 25.
  • "Networking Isn't Just for Computers." Royal Service (May 1995): 24.
  • "The Power of Personal Appeal." Royal Service (Apr 1995): 26.
  • "Write That Letter!" Royal Service (Mar 1995): 24.
  • "Do Legislators Listen? Royal Service (Feb 1995)
  • "Everyone Does Have a Prayer." Royal Service (Jan 1995): 25.
  • "Protecting the Helpless," Sanctity of Human Life Lesson, The Adult Teacher. Convention Uniform Series. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Jan 1995.
  • "Gambling Myths vs. The Hidden Realities." Nashville, TN: Christian Life Commission, 1995.
  • "Gambling Myths vs. The Hidden Realities." In Gambling: America's Hidden Addiction. Fort Lauderdale, FL: Coral Ridge Ministries, 1995.
  • Executive Producer, "Gambling: The Hidden Realities" (video). Christian Life Commission with positive Productions, Nashville, TN, 1995.
  • "Gambling Violates Biblical Principles." In Gambling, ed. Charles P. Cozic and Paul A. Winters, 23-29. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1995.
  • Sermon Series published by the Christian Life Commission, 1995.
     "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" (Ps 139:13-16)
     "God Loves the World" (John 3:16)
     "The Sting of the Serpent" (Prov 23:31-15)
     "Peril of the American Dream" (Ezek 16:1-63)
     "God's Cure for National Crisis" (1 Kgs 17:1-7; 18:1-40)
     "Prayer: Key to World Peace" (Eph 6:18-20)
     "Grace Giving to Feed the Hungry" (2 Cor 8:1-15; 9:6-9)
     
  • Series of twelve articles for Women's Missionary Union on "How One Person Can Make a Difference" in their community, 1994-1995.
  • "On Taking the Ostrich Approach." Royal Service (Dec 1994): 20.
  • "Hitting the Target." Royal Service (Nov 1994): 25.
  • "On Being Salt and Light." Royal Service (Oct 1994): 24.
  • "For the Little Ones: What Can One Person Do? part 2." Royal Service (Sept 1994): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: What Can One Person Do in the Local Community? part 1." Royal Service (Aug 1994): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: William Bennett's Cultural Index." Royal Service (June 1994): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: Problem of Child Pornography in America." Royal Service (May 1994): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: Public School Promotion of Sexual Diversity." Royal Service (Apr 1994): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: Screening Process for Children's Workers." Royal Service (Mar 1994): 31.
  • "For the Little Ones: US Attorney General's Report on Pornography." Royal Service (Feb 1994): 28-29.
  • Sermon Series published by The Christian Life Commission, 1994.
     "The Principle of Life" (Exod 20:13)
     "Reclaiming Racial Justice" (Eph 2:11-22)
     "Deciding About Questionable Conduct" (Rom 14:1-15:6)
     "Render to Caesar and to God" (Matt 22:21)
     "The Decline and Fall of America" (Lam 1:1-5:22)
     "Praying for Peace and Renewal" (Neh 9:1-10:30)
     "Faith and the Hungry Heart" (Jas 2:14-26)
     
  •  "For the Little Ones: Protecting Your Child from Abuse." Royal Service (Dec 1993): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: Reisman Report on Child Sexual Abuse and Soft Porn." Royal Service (Nov 1993): 28-29.
  • Isaiah and Luke Adult Teacher. Life and Work Series. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Oct- Dec 1993.
  • "For the Little Ones: Pervasiveness of Child Abuse." Royal Service (Oct 1993): 28-29.
  • "For the Little Ones: Getting Professional Help for Abused Children." Royal Service (Aug 1993): 13.
  • "For the Little Ones: Identifying Abused Children." Royal Service (July 1993): 13.
  • "For the Little Ones: Computers, Photographs and Child Sexual Abuse." Royal Service (June 1993): 13.
  • "It is Good Neither to Drink Wine, Romans 14:21." Light (Mar-Apr, 1993): 5.
  • "Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children." Light (Mar-Apr, 1993): 3.
  • "Gambling is a Bad Bet." ESA Advocate (March 1993): 1-4.
  • "For the Little Ones" (a sixteen-part series on child abuse, child sexual abuse, and child pornography). Royal Service (Jan 1993): 13.
  • Sermon Series published by The Christian Life Commission, 1993
     "Choosing Life: A Godly Choice" (Deut 30:15-20)
     "The Ideal of Abstinence" (Dan 1:1-21)
     "One Nation Under God" (Ps 33:12)
     "Stand Fast in Liberty" (Gal 5:1, 13)
     "The Profit of Prayer" (1 Kgs 18:41-46)
     "Selfless Service for the Hungry" (Isa 58:1-12)
     
  • "How a Local Church Can Begin a Recycling Program, Recycling: A Christian Stewardship." In The Earth is the Lord's, ed. Richard D. Land and Louis Moore. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1992.
  • Sermon series published by The Christian Life Commission, 1992.
     "Sanctity of Human Life" (Ps 8:1- 9)
     "Avoiding Alcohol and Drugs" (Prov 21:17; 23:19-35)
     "The Christian's Commitment to Government" (Rom 13:1-14)
     "A Declaration of Dependence" (Josh 24:1-28)
     "Praying for Peace" (Ps 122:1-9)
     "The Blight of World Hunger" (Amos 8:1-8; Jas 2:14-16)
     
  • 1 and 2 Kings Adult Quarterly. Life and Work Series. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, July-Sept 1991.
  • "State Sponsored Gambling." Testimony delivered to the Senate of the State of Tennessee in opposition to the repeal of state ban on gambling, Nashville, TN, February 23, 1991.
  • "The Anti-War Protestors." The Tennessean. January 20, 1991.
  • "Helping the Hungry by Contending with Conflict." In Hunger. Nashville, TN: The Christian Life Commission, 1991.
  • "Reclaiming Racial Justice." In Race Relations Guide of the Christian Life Commission, 6. Nashville, TN: Christian Life Commission, 1990. Also published separately by the Christian Life Commission. 
  • "Protection and Provision for the Poor." In Endangered Earth. Nashville, TN: The Christian Life Commission, 1990.
  • Exodus 1 and Matthew Adult Quarterly. Life and Work Series. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Oct-Dec 1990.
  • Psalms and Proverbs Adult Teacher. Life and Work Series. Nashville, TN: Baptist Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention, July-Sept 1989.
  • Stewardship Sunday School Lessons series published by First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX: 
     "The Blessing of Giving" (Exod 35:20-29; 36:4-7; Mal 3:10-11), Fall 1980
     "Glorifying God Through Generous Giving" (1 Kgs 17:1ff.), Fall 1981
     "In Remembrance of Me . . . Tithe" (1 Cor 11:23-26), Fall 1983
     "One Somebody You . . . Tithe" (1 Cor 16:1-9; 2 Cor 8:1-15), 1986.
     
  • Expedition into Eternity: A Study of the Book of Exodus. Madisonville, TX: First Baptist Church, 1977.
  • From Bereshith to Babel: A Study of Genesis 1:11. Madisonville, TX: First Baptist Church, 1976.
  • The Book of Revelation: An Interpretive Outline and Study Notes. Madisonville, TX: First Baptist Church, 1975; rev. and exp., 1985.

Significant Activities of Service

To the College:

  • Area Supervisor, Qumran Excavation, May-June 2012.
  • Director, Criswell College Archaeological Expedition, Temple Mount Salvage Project, in cooperation with Professor Gabriel Barkay and Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Mar 2008.
  • Director, Criswell College Archeological Expedition, Sepphoris, Israel June 21-July 24, 2007 with Hebrew University, Zeev Weiss, Director of Sepphoris Excavations.
  • Host, Criswell College Tour of Israel and Petra, Jordan, May 2007.
  • Assistant Director and Photographer, Qumran Plateau Archaeological Expedition, Israel, Dec 2006.
  • Assistant Director and Photographer, Qumran Plateau Archaeological Expedition, Israel, June 2006.
  • Co-host, Criswell College Israel Tour, May 2005.
  • Co-host, Criswell College Israel Tour, May 2001.
  • Co-host, Criswell College Israel Tour, March 1999.
  • Chairman, Steering Committee for the Ten-year Review and Renewal of Accreditation with SACS, 1998-2000.
  • Faculty Lecturer, Criswell College Israel Study Tour, June 1987 and July 1988.
  • Director, Videotape Expedition to Israel, June 1987.
  • Director, Criswell College Missions Study Tour, Brazilian Baptist Convention, 1984 and 1986.
  • Director, Photographic Expedition to Jordan and Israel (over 2,000 slides taken to update slide library), 1984.
  • Director, Photographic Expedition to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria (over 1,800 slides taken to update materials for slide library), May-June 1983.
  • Director, Criswell College Archaeological Expedition, Yoqune'an in the Western Jezreel Valley.
  • Director, Criswell College Study Tour of Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and Israel, 1981.
  • Director, Photographic Expedition to Israel and Sinai (over 10,000 slides taken).
  • Co-host, Criswell College Mediterranean cruise and Israel Tour, 1979.
  • Chairman, Accreditation Committee, Criswell College, 1978-1989.

To the Community:

  • Teacher, Criswell Bible Class, First Baptist Church, Dallas, 2006-present.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Premier Foundation, Dallas, TX, 2003-present
  • Theologian in Residence, Criswell Bible Class, First Baptist Church, Dallas, 1997-2006.
  • Class Minister for the 650-member Bible One Division Class taught by Mrs. W. A. Criswell, 
  • First Baptist Church, Dallas, 1985-1988.
  • Co-host of "Today in Dallas" and "Talk, etc.", KCBI and Criswell Radio Network, 1980-1988.

 To the Professional Discipline:

  • Lecturer at the Ministry of Science of the Russian Federation, Obninsk, Russia on Biblical Backgrounds, Archaeology, and Ancient near East History, March 1994.
  • Lecturer at the Ministry of Science of the Russian Federation, Obninsk, Russia on Biblical Geography and Archeology, March 1993.

Teaching

  • Field Archaeology: Temple Mount Jerusalem
  • Topics in Field Study: Israel Temple Mount Salvage
  • Old Testament Survey 1
  • Old Testament Survey 2
  • Old Testament Intensive: Genesis
  • Old Testament Intensive: Exodus
  • Old Testament Theology

Awards

  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Criswell College, May 2004
  • Listed in Men of Achievement, 4th edition, 1976-1977.
  • Listed in Who's Who in Religion in America, 1st and 2nd editions, 1976-1977, 1977-1978, 2004.
  • Member of Alpha Chi, National Honor Society for students in top 10 percent of college graduation class, Louisiana College.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Higher Education (AAHE)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)
  • Institute for Biblical Research (IBR)
  • Near East Archaeological Society (NEAS)