Dr. John A. Cook

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages Director of Hebrew Instruction

John A. Cook came to Asbury in 2007 from Eisenbrauns, an academic publisher specializing in the ancient Near East and biblical studies, where he served as acquisitions editor. Over the past 25 years he has taught courses in Bible and biblical languages at the undergraduate and graduate level at a variety of institutions including Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines, where he was a full-time faculty member from 1993 to 1996, the University of Wisconsin (Madison and Milwaukee campuses), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton College, and Grace College, Moscow Evangelical Seminary, Asia Graduate school of Theology, and Baptist Theological Seminary, Singapore. He has also served as external reader/examiner for dissertations related to Ancient Hebrew language and linguistics for Dallas Theological Seminary, Uppsala University (Sweden), the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Master’s Seminary, and the Asia Graduate School of Theology.

Professor Cook’s research goal is to bring insights from the field of linguistics to the disciplines of Biblical Hebrew philology and exegesis. His publications include Time and the Hebrew Verb: the Expression of Tense, Aspect, and Modality in Biblical Hebrew (Eisenbrauns, 2012), Beginning Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader (co-authored with Robert D. Holmstedt; Baker 2013), Intermediate Biblical Hebrew: A Grammar and Illustrated Reader (co-authored with Robert D. Holmstedt; Baker forthcoming), Qohleleth: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (co-authored with Robert D. Holmstedt and Phillip S. Marshall; Baylor 2017), Aramaic Daniel and Ezra: A Handbook on the Aramaic Text (Baylor forthcoming), articles in Zeitschrift für Althebraistik, Journal of Semitic Studies, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of the Near Eastern Society, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, Bulletin for Biblical Research, The Dictionary of Old Testament (IVP), The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Lingusitics (Brill), and in several volumes of collected essays (offprints of some available at ancienthebrewgrammar.wordpress.com). He has delivered papers at various scholarly conferences including regional and annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and the International Organization for the Study of Hebrew. He has served on the steering committee for the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew program unit of SBL and on the editorial board for the Journal of Biblical Literature. He periodically writes reviews for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Bulletin for Biblical Research, and Hebrew Studies. His current research projects include Linguistics for Hebraists (co-edited with Robert D. Holmstedt; Eisenbrauns), The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System: a Linguistic Sketch (Baker), Isaiah 40–55: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (co-authored with Robert D. Holmstedt; Baylor), and a Valency Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.

Professor Cook is passionate about teaching students how to read God’s Word and to strive after wisdom and holiness by seeing how the world of the text interprets the world outside the text and then by living out that interpretation. Professor Cook regularly teaches Advanced Hebrew grammar, Biblical Aramaic, Introduction to Old Testament, exegesis courses on the book of Psalms, on wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes), and occasionally exegesis of Ezekiel and of the minor prophets. He also speaks in churches on the Old Testament and the book of Psalms and periodically serves as pulpit supply.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Wilmore and have four sons and two daughters-in-law.

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