Bruce Waltke

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Bruce Waltke
Born (1930-08-30) August 30, 1930 (age 86)
New Jersey
Title Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
Board member of Translation committee of the New American Standard Bible
Religion Christian (Reformed evangelical)
Academic background
Education Houghton College, Dallas Theological Seminary
Alma mater Harvard University (PhD)
Thesis title Prolegomena to the Samaritan Pentateuch
Thesis year 1965
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Institutions Dallas Theological Seminary
Regent College
Westminster Theological Seminary
Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida
Knox Theological Seminary
Notable works Proverbs (NICOT)

Bruce K. Waltke (born August 30, 1930) is a Reformed evangelical professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. He has held professorships in the Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Waltke was born in New Jersey to parents in the Mennonite Brethren tradition. He received an A.B. from Houghton College, a Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, was on the translation committee of the New American Standard Bible[1] and New International Version,[2] and is an honorary member of the committee responsible for Today's New International Version.[3]

Waltke's books include Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? (Eerdmans, 2016; ISBN 978-0802872678), Creation and Chaos, and commentaries on Proverbs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 2 vols.), Micah (Tyndale Commentary Series), and with C. J. Fredricks Genesis (Zondervan 2001, ISBN 978-0-310-22458-7), which was a winner of the 2002 Gold Medallion Book Award.[4] He was co-editor for the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, and he was the Old Testament editor for the Expositor's Bible Commentary series, the New Geneva Study Bible, and the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible. He wrote An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach, which received an ECPA Christian Book Award in 2008.[5]

Waltke has travelled widely as a Bible expositor, as an area supervisor for excavations at Gezer, Israel, and as the director of field study trips to the Middle East and the Classical world. He is married and has three grown children.[6]

A festschrift entitled The Way of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Bruce K. Waltke (Zondervan, 2000; ISBN 0-310-22728-3) was edited by J. I. Packer and Sven K. Soderlund.

In April 2010, news reports emerged alleging that Waltke was asked to resign his professorship at the Reformed Theological Seminary because he advocated that evolution and Christianity were compatible in a video on the Biologos Foundation's website.[7][8] However, the RTS chancellor, Ric Cannada, later stated that this was not the case and that Waltke had submitted his resignation without solicitation.[9] Waltke himself clarified things: "Ric's acceptance of my resignation has only added to the emotional turmoil; I have received letters from many quarters condemning RTS for his action. In fact, I was asked to be interviewed about my resignation on ABC News with Diane Sawyer! Of course, I refused because I am certain it would have been spun to reflect negatively on RTS and the church. I find no fault with the RTS administration; in fact, I think they did the right thing."[10][11]

Waltke now serves as an Anglican priest at an ACNA parish in Washington.[12]



  • Waltke, Bruce K. (1965). Prolegomena to the Samaritan Pentateuch (Ph.D.). Harvard University. 


Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (1979). "The Book of Proverbs and Ancient Wisdom Literature". Bibliotheca Sacra. 136 (543): 222–238. 
  • ——— (1988). "Micah". In Wiseman, Donald J. Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries. 26. Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press. ISBN 978-1-783-59263-0. 
  • ——— (Spring 1989). "Aims of OT Textual Criticism". Westminster Theological Journal. 51 (1): 93–108. 
  • ——— (1988). "Oral Tradition". In Conn, Harvie M. Inerrancy and Hermeneutic. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. pp. 117–36. 
  • ——— (Fall 1990). "The Date of the Conquest". Westminster Theological Journal. 52 (2): 181–200. 
  • ——— (1979). "The Book of Proverbs and Old Testament Theology". Bibliotheca Sacra. 136 (544): 302–317. 
  • ——— (Autumn 1996). "Does Proverbs Promise Too Much". Andrews University Seminary Studies. 34 (2): 319–336. 
  • ——— (Fall 2008). "Righteousness in Proverbs". Westminster Theological Journal. 70 (2): 225–237. 



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