John H. Walton

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John H. Walton
Nationality United States of America
Education Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, M.A. Biblical Studies: Old Testament, Wheaton Graduate School
Occupation Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College
Religion Christian

John H. Walton is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College. He formerly was a professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years.[1] His primary focus is in areas of comparison between the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, particularly Genesis. He espouses a view of creation that resonates with ancient Near Eastern mindsets, much like a temple dedication ceremony, and not a strictly material account of cosmological origins. He uses a restaurant as an analogy, arguing that a restaurant does not begin to exist when the material building is completed, but when the owner declares the restaurant open for business.[2]



  • The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate (IVP, 2015)
  • The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority (with: D. Brent Sandy, IVP, 2013)
  • Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology (Eisenbrauns, 2011)
  • The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (IVP, 2009)
  • Jonah (Expositor's Bible Commentary, Zondervan: 2008)
  • Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Baker: 2006)
  • Essential Bible Companion (Zondervan: 2006)
  • Old Testament Today (Zondervan: 2004)
  • Genesis (NIV Application Commentary, Zondervan: 2001)
  • Ancient Israelite Literature in its Cultural Context, A Survey of Parallels Between Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Texts (Zondervan: 1989)


  • "The Anzu Myth as relevant Background for Daniel 7?" The Book of Daniel: Composition and Reception, Vetus Testament Supplement, FIOTL 2, ed. John Collins and Peter Flint (Brill, 2000)
  • "Recovering the Vitality of the Old Testament in Preaching" (2001) 17.
  • "Equilibrium and the Sacred Compass: The Structure of Leviticus" Bulletin for Biblical Research 11.2 (2001) 1-12.
  • “Inspired Subjectivity and Hermeneutical Objectivity” The Master’s Seminary Journal 13/1 (2002) 65-77.
  • “The Imagery of the Substitute King Ritual in Isaiah’s Fourth Servant Song” Journal of Biblical Literature 122 (2003) 734-743.
  • “Creation in Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf,” Calvin Theological Journal 43 (2008): 48-63.


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  2. ^ “Creation in Genesis 1:1 - 2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf,” Calvin Theological Journal 43 (2008): 61-63.

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