David L. Petersen

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David L. Petersen is the Franklin Nutting Parker Professor of Old Testament in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is also an ordained Presbyterian minister.

Dr. Petersen received his Bachelor of Arts in 1965 from College of Wooster, a small Ohio liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. In 1968 he earned a Bachelors in Divinity at Yale University followed by a Masters in Philosophy in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1972 from the same school.

Since that time he has specialized in Old Testament studies, particularly research on the Book of Genesis and the writings of the Hebrew Prophets. Petersen has written and co-authored numerous books and articles. He was the senior Old Testament editor for The New Interpreter's Study Bible and has served as President of the Society of Biblical Literature. He served as Old Testament editor on the new Common English Bible,[1] published in 2011.


Dr. Petersen's writings include:

  • A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (Abingdon Press 2005)
  • The Prophetic Literature: An Introduction (Westminster John Knox Press 2002)
  • HarperCollins Bible Commentary (HarperOne 2000)
  • Old Testament Interpretation (Abingdon Press 1995)
  • Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi (Presbyterian PUblishing Corporation 1995)
  • Interpreting Hebrew Poetry (Ausburg Fortress Publishers 1992)
  • Canon, Theology, and Old Testament Interpretation (Fortress Press 1988)
  • Prophecy in Ancient Israel (Fortress Press 1987)
  • Haggai and Zechariah 1-8 (Westminster John Knox Press 1984)
  • The Roles of Israel's Prophets (Almond Press 1981)
  • Late Israelite Prophecy (Society of Biblical Literature 1977)


  1. ^ Common English Editor Page

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