Eric Ortlund, PhD

Associate Professor of Old Testament


Faculty of Arts and Science


BA, Philosophy and Classics (double major), Hillsdale College, 1998
MA, Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2003
PhD, Hebrew and Old Testament, New College, University of Edinburgh, 2006

Areas of Specialization

Old Testament (Old Testament prophets, Old Testament exegesis and interpretation, Intertextual and canonical/literary methods, Ancient Near Eastern Myth, Hebrew (Biblical Hebrew and Ugaritic)


Eric, his wife, Erin, and their two children, Kate and Will, moved to Caronport in July 2006. He worked on an M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary in Chicago for two years and served as a youth pastor in a local Presbyterian church before sensing God's call to study the Old Testament. His interests focus in Isaiah and the Psalms, but he loves studying and teaching any part of the Hebrew Bible as well as the OT's Ancient Near Eastern environment, the history of interpretation, and the Hebrew language.

Research Interests

Eric Ortlund's research interests focus on two areas: critical issues in Isaiah and textual and hermeneutical problems in Job.  Isaiah fascinates me not only because of its profound theology and beauty, but also because I think many of the historical-critical arguments for dividing the book of Isaiah up among many authors misinterpret the text.  My research in Isaiah provides counter-readings and counter-arguments to these.  Job fascinates me because it is both so difficult to understand and so immediately relevant for suffering Christians; my research in this book attempts to understand and explain what it says to those who both trust God and suffer.

Notable Publications


  • "A Window of Appearance for Baal? Temples, Chaos, and Divine Appearance in Ugarit and Egypt," in Ugarit-Forschungen 36 (2004), 347-56
  • "An Intertextual Reading of the Theophany of Psalm 97," in Scandinavian Journal of Old Testament 20 (2006): 273-85.
  • "Intentional Ambiguity in OT and Ugaritic Descriptions of Divine Combat," in Ugarit-Forschungen 38 (2006): 543-57.
  • "Shame in Restoration in Ezekiel," Hiphil2010 (available online at

  • "Reversed (Chrono-)Logical Sequence in Isaiah 1-39: Some Implications for Theories of Redaction," inJournal for the Study of the Old Testament35.2 (2010): 209-224.

Memberships and Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature