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Mark W. Hamilton

Robert and Kay Onstead 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 29434
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.  

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 divine kingship in ancient Israel and its neighbors.

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.  During the fall of 2014, he was Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.  In Spring, 2015 he will lecture at institutions in South Korea.

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 The Transforming Word: A One-Volume Bible Commentary (ACU Press, 2009; Croatian translation in progress).  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.  He served for six years as  Secretary-Treasurer of the Southwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature and currently serves on committees for SBL, as well as on the boards of Review of Biblical Literature, Restoration Quarterly, Stone-Campbell Journal, and Kairos (Croatia). 

Church Life: Mark preaches widely in churches in the United States and other countries, as well as serving as an elder at the University Church of Christ.


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