Eric Ortlund, PhD

Eric Ortlund
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


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.


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.


  • “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.

    Book Reviews
  • Review of Bruce Waltke, The Book of Proverbs (NICOT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), in Review of Biblical Literature
  • Review of Barry Webb, Five Festal Garments: Christian Reflections on the Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther (New Studies in Biblical Theology 10; Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2000), for
  • Review of Alec Moyter, Look to the Rock (Leicester: IVP, 1996; reprint, 2000), for
  • Review of Craig Blomberg, Contagious Holiness: Jesus’ Meals with Sinners (NSBT 19; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005), for
  • Review of Clare Amos, The Book of Genesis: Epworth Commentaries (Peterborough: Epworth, 2004), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of Herbert Lockyer, Jr., All the Music in the Bible: An Exploration of Musical Expression in Scripture and Church Hymnody (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2004), in Expository Times 117 (2005): 121-22
  • Review of Louis Stulman, Jeremiah (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005), in Expository Times 117 (2006): 191
  • Review of Daniel J. Simundson, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah (Nashville: Abingdon, 2005), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of Daniel Bodi, The Michal Affair: From Zimri-lim to the Rabbis (Sheffield: SheffieldPhoenix, 2005), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of David Tsumura, Creation and Destruction: A Reappraisal of the Chaoskampf Theoryin the Old Testament (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2005), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of Luke Emehiele Ijezie, The Interpretation of the Hebrew Word (People) in Samuel-Kings (Peter Lang AG, 2005), in Expository Times (forthcoming).
  • Review of Lester L. Grabbe, ed., Good Kings and Bad Kings: The Kingdom of Judah in the Seventh Century BCE (London: T&T Clark Continuum, 2007), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of Barry Bandstra, Genesis 1-11: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Baylor University Press, 2008), in Expository Times (forthcoming)
  • Review of John Barton, The Old Testament: Canon, Literature, and Theology (Ashgate: 2007), in Expository Times (forthcoming)


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