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Mark W. Hamilton

Professor of Old Testament
B.A., Freed-Hardeman College
M.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian University
Ph.D., Harvard University


ACU Box 29422
Abilene, TX 79699

Research Interests: Ancient Israelite and Near Eastern culture and religion, especially kingship and religion, portrayals of God, and practices of rhetoric.  Relating the ancient biblical texts to the ongoing life of the church.  

Personal Interests: Reading

Courses Taught: Hebrew and in biblical exegesis, including Job and the Literature of Faith and Doubt, Historical Books of the Old Testament, Teaching Scripture in Contemporary Contexts.

Some Publications:

  • Author of The Body Royal: The Social Poetics of Kingship in Ancient Israel and the Levant  published by Brill.
  • General Editor for The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary published by ACU Press.
  • Currently working on a textbook introducing the theological and literary dimensions of the Old Testament for Oxford University Press, as well as a monograph on rhetoric in the ancient Near East.

After ministering several years in congregations in Connecticut and Massachusetts and serving as a teaching assistant at Harvard and adjunct professor at Stonehill College, Mark moved to Abilene Christian University in 2000.  There he teaches courses in Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament and serves as Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology.  He has been a visiting professor at Pepperdine University, Lipscomb University, South Pacific Bible College (Tauranga, New Zealand), Heritage Christian College (Accra, Ghana), and the Institute for Theology and Christian Ministry (St. Petersburg, Russia) and has lectured in many parts of the United States.  He preaches regularly in churches and writes curricula for adult Christian education programs.  He also serves as an elder of the University Church of Christ in Abilene.

Mark is author of more than 100 articles, chapters in books, and reviews.  His books include The Body Royal: The Social Poetics of Kingship in Ancient Israel and the Levant (Brill, 2005; reprinted Society of Biblical Literature, 2007), On the Mountain with God (ACU Press, 2009), as a co-editor Renewing Tradition: Studies in Texts and Contexts (Pickwick, 2007), and as a co-author of God’s Holy Fire: The Nature and Function of Scripture (ACU Press, 2002).  He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (ACU Press, 2009; Croatian translation, 2011-).  He is also working on a book on Christian education (with Samjung Kang-Hamilton) and another on Israelite political theory.  His articles and reviews have appeared in Harvard Theological Review, Review of Biblical Literature, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Restoration Quarterly, Reviews in Religion and Theology, Vetus Testamentum, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Reviews in Religion and Theology, and Stone-Campbell Journal.  Prior to coming to ACU, he served as a consultant with “Nova” on PBS and as a freelance editor.  He is Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature and a board member of Restoration Quarterly and Kairos (Croatia). 


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