Dr. Bill T. Arnold
Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
- Ancient Near Eastern History & Culture
- Criticism & Interpretation of the Pentateuch
- Genesis in contemporary thought
- Hebrew and cognate languages
- Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
- M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
- B.A., Asbury University
Dr. Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation. He joined Asbury Theological Seminary’s faculty in 1995. While at Asbury, Dr. Arnold has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Area of Biblical Studies and Director of Hebrew Studies.
Dr. Arnold has written or edited twelve books, including most recently Introduction to the Old Testament (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). This volume approaches the Hebrew Scriptures through the interpretive lenses of monotheism for secular classrooms, aiming to show the relevance of the Old Testament for Jews, Christians, Muslims, and secularists. Other recent works include Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources (edited with Richard S. Hess; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2014), Seeing Black and White in a Gray World (Franklin, Tenn.: Seedbed, 2014), and Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series; Cambridge University Press, 2009). Other works have appeared in the following journals: Archiv für Orientforschung, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, Vetus Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.
Arnold served as editor of the Old Testament notes for The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011).
In 2010, Dr. Arnold was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for his proposal to study the oneness or singularity of God in the Old Testament. In 2003, he was named alumnus-in-residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Arnold is an elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored churches for six years before moving into Extension Ministry. He holds his ordination with the Kentucky Annual Conference of the UMC. His current Charge Conference is First United Methodist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Dr. Arnold and his wife, Susan, have three grown sons.