Eugene H. Merrill

Old Testament Scholar-in-Residence
Eugene H. Merrill 214.818.1363


  • 1985 Ph.D. (Ancient Near Eastern Languages & Literatures), Columbia University
  • 1963 Ph.D. (Old Testament Interpretation), Bob Jones University
  • 1977 M.Phil. (Old Testament Interpretation), Columbia University
  • 1970 M.A. (Judaica), New York University
  • 1960 M.A. (Bible), Bob Jones University
  • 1957 B.A. (Speech), Bob Jones University
  • Additional studies, Michigan State University (1960-61); Post-doctoral research, Tyndale House, Cambridge, England (1989-90)

Employment History


  • 2013-Present Old Testament Scholar-in-Residence, Criswell College
  • 2013-Present Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies Emeritus, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 2006-Present Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1999-2013 Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 1985-1999 Professor of Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 1982-1985 Associate Professor of Semitics & Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 1975-1982 Assistant Professor of Semitics & Old Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
  • 1968-1975 Professor of Old Testament, Berkshire Christian College
  • 1966-1968 Assistant Professor, Northeastern Bible College
  • 1966-1968 Teacher, Barnard School for Boys
  • 1963-1966 Professor of Old Testament, Bob Jones University
  • 1958-1960 Graduate Assistant, Bob Jones University


  • Short-term Ministry, Bahama Islands (1956); India (1978); Brazil (1981, 1985); Russia (1993, 1995); Ukraine (1996); Jordan (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004); Israel (2004)
  • Assistant pastor, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (1957-58)
  • Interim pastor, South Carolina; Georgia; Connecticut; Massachusetts; Israel


  • Selected as Visiting Scholar at Union Theological Seminary, New York (summers of 1963, 1964)
  • Awarded U.S. State Department Study/Travel Grant to Israel (summer, 1965)
  • Teacher of the Year by Berkshire Christian College (1972-73)
  • Listed in Outstanding Educators of America (1971, 1973, 1975)
  • International Scholars Directory (1973)
  • Who’s Who in Religion (1976-77, 1978-79, 1985-86, 1990-91, 1992-93)
  • Who’s Who in the Southwest (1981-82)
  • Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology (1986-87, 1992-93)
  • Recipient of David L. Edwards Servant-Leadership Award, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1997


  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, 1995
  • The Master’s Seminary, Sun Valley, CA, Jan 8-13, 2001
  • Conference on Prophecy and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, May 30, 2012
  • David Dorsey Honorary Lectureship, Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, PA, Feb 21, 2013
  • The People, the Land, and the Future of Israel Conference, Calvary Baptist Church, New York, NY, Oct 3, 2013
  • Joshua’s Ai Exhibit, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX, Feb 8, 2014
  • The Gerhard F. Hasel Lectureship, Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN, March 19-20, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Doctoral dissertation (Bob Jones University), “The Person and Work of the Old Testament Prophet of God;”
  • Master’s thesis (New York University), “An Analysis of the Doctrine of Predestination in the Qumran Thanksgiving Hymns;”
  • Textbook, An Historical Survey of the Old Testament (Baker Book House, 1966, revised 1991)
  • Qumran and Predestination: A Theological Study of the  Thanksgiving Hymns; Vol. VIII inStudies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah (E. J. Brill, 1975)
  • Contributing editor of Religious and Theological Abstracts; associate editor of Henceforth. . .
  • More than forty scholarly articles published in periodicals and journals includingBibliotheca Sacra, Christianity Today, Grace Theological Journal, Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, and Westminster Theological Journal
  • Translator of “Jeremiah” in the New King James Bible (Thomas Nelson, 1982)
  • Contributor to Nelson’s Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament (Thomas Nelson, 1980)
  • Doctoral dissertation (Columbia University), “The Language and Literary Characteristics of Isaiah 40-55 as Anti-Babylonian Polemic.”
  • Author of “Numbers,” “1 and 2 Samuel,” and “1 and 2 Chronicles” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Victor Books, 1985)
  • Consulting editor, The Bible Knowledge Commentary
  • Author of Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel (Baker Book House, 1987)
  • Revision editor, Unger’s Bible Dictionary (Moody Press, 1988)
  • Author of “1, 2 Chronicles” in the Bible Study Commentary (Zondervan, 1988)
  • Contributor to Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (Baker Book House, 1989)
  • Author of or contributor to the following books: Holman Bible Handbook, Believers Study Bible, New King James Study Bible, New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology, Living Bible (revision), New Dynamic Translation; Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi(Baker, 1994); Deuteronomy in New American Commentary (Broadman/Holman, 1994); Associate editor, New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis(Zondervan, 1997); Old Testament Explorer (Word, 2000); Old Testament editor, The Bible Knowledge Key Word Study (Cook, 2000–); Translator and editor, Holman Christian Standard Bible (2004); Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament (B & H Publishing Group, 2006); Kingdom of Priests: A History of Old Testament Israel, 2nd ed. (Baker, 2008); “Haggai, Malachi,” The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. Rev. Ed. Ed. Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008); with Mark F. Rooker and Michael A. Grisanti, The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament.Nashville: B & H, 2011

Professional Memberships

  • American Oriental Society
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Evangelical Theological Society (President, 2009-2010)
  • Near Eastern Archaeological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature