James K. Hoffmeier

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James K. Hoffmeier
Born (1951-02-13) February 13, 1951 (age 73)
OccupationOld Testament scholar
TitleProfessor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Toronto (PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineOld Testament studies

James K. Hoffmeier (born February 13, 1951) is an American Old Testament scholar, an archaeologist and an egyptologist.[1] He was Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

He specialises in issues of Old Testament historicity and archaeology.

Education and career[edit]

Hoffmeier has degrees from Wheaton College and a PhD, University of Toronto.[2]

During the period from 1975 to 1977, he worked on the Akhenaten Temple Project based in Luxor. He has been the Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College. He was director of excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai from 1998 to 2008. Additionally he is often called upon as a consultant for television programs made for the History, Discovery, Learning, and National Geographic Channels.[2]

Hoffmeier is a biblical maximalist and has often published works which defend the historicity of the Pentateuch.[3][4]



  • Hoffmeier, James K.; Williams, Ronald J.; Meltzer, E. S., eds. (1983). Egyptological Miscellanies: a tribute to Professor Ronald J. Williams. Ancient World. Vol. 6. Chicago, IL: Ares. OCLC 64103388.
  • ——— (1985). Sacred in the Vocabulary of Ancient Egypt: the term DSR, with special reference to dynasties I-XX. Orbis biblicus et orientalis. Vol. 59. Freiburg, Switzerland ; Göttingen: Universitätsverlag ; Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. ISBN 978-3-7278-0324-6. OCLC 12171356.
  • ———, ed. (1987). Abortion: a Christian understanding and response. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House. ISBN 978-0-801-04317-8. OCLC 16661376.
  • ———; Douglas, J. D., eds. (1991). New Commentary on the Whole Bible: based on the classic commentary of Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown (Old Testament volume) (Revised and reworked ed.). Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN 978-0-842-34739-6. OCLC 22956578.
  • ———; Millard, A. R.; Baker, David W., eds. (1994). Faith, tradition, and history : Old Testament historiography in its Near Eastern context. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-0-9314-6482-9. OCLC 29877702.
  • ——— (1996). Israel in Egypt: the evidence for the authenticity of the Exodus tradition. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-195-09715-3. OCLC 35068244.
  • ——— (1999). Barrett, David P. (ed.). The Books of the Old Testament. Quiknotes. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House. ISBN 978-0-8423-5983-2. OCLC 33079242.
  • ———; Millard, A. R., eds. (2004). The Future of Biblical Archaeology: reassessing methodologies and assumptions. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-82173-7. OCLC 612468568.
  • ——— (2005). Ancient Israel in Sinai: the evidence for the authenticity of the wilderness tradition. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-195-15546-4. OCLC 56526680.
  • ——— (2008). The Archaeology of the Bible (1st ed.). Oxford: Lion. ISBN 978-0-745-95226-0. OCLC 181069121.
  • ——— (2009). The Immigration Crisis: immigrants, aliens and the Bible. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-433-50607-9. OCLC 262891620.
  • ———; Magary, Dennis Robert, eds. (2012). Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: a critical appraisal of modern and postmodern approaches to Scripture. Wheaton, IL: Crossway. ISBN 978-1-433-52571-1. OCLC 730405288.
  • ———, ed. (2014). Tell el-Borg I: Excavations in North Sinai: the "Dwelling of the Lion" on the ways of Horus. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-1-575-06305-8. OCLC 890755746.
  • ——— (2015). Akhenaten and the Origins of Monotheism. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-199-79208-5. OCLC 883510631.
  • ———; Wenham, Gordon J.; Sparks, Kenton L. (2015). Halton, Charles (ed.). Genesis : history, fiction, or neither? : three views on the Bible's earliest chapters. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-51494-7. OCLC 898750289.
  • ———; Millard, Alan R.; Rendsburg, Gary A., eds. (2016). "Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?": Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-1-57506-429-1. OCLC 935055589.
  • ———, ed. (2019). Tell el-Borg II: Excavations in North Sinai. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns. ISBN 978-1-57506-988-3. OCLC 1079401092.
  • ——— (2021). The Prophets of Israel: Walking the Ancient Paths. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Academic. ISBN 978-0-8254-7011-0. OCLC 0825470110.
  • ———; Averbeck, Richard E.; Howard, J. Caleb; Zwickel, Wolfgang, eds. (2022). "Now These Records are Ancient": Studies in Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical History, Language and Culture in Honor of K. Lawson Younger, Jr. Ägypten und Altes Testament. Vol. 114. Münster: Zaphon. ISBN 978-3-96327-191-5. OCLC 3963271914.

Articles and chapters[edit]


  1. ^ Averbeck, Richard E.; Younger (Jr.), K. Lawson, eds. (2020). "An Excellent Fortress for His Armies, a Refuge for the People": Egyptological, Archaeological, and Biblical Studies in Honor of James K. Hoffmeier. Penn State Press. p. xvii. ISBN 978-1-57506-994-4.
  2. ^ a b "James K. Hoffmeier, PhD". Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Archived from the original on July 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  3. ^ Hoffmeier, James K. (1999). Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-19-988101-7.
  4. ^ Hoffmeier, James K. (2005). Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 22. ISBN 978-0-19-515546-4.