Bill T. Arnold

Bill T. Arnold

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, where he has served on faculty for 23 years. While at Asbury, Dr. Arnold has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Area of Biblical Studies and Director of Hebrew Studies.

Dr. Arnold has written or edited fourteen books, including most recently The World around the Old Testament: People and Places of the Ancient Near East (coedited with Brent A. Strawn; Baker, 2016). Other recent works include Ancient Israel’s History: An Introduction to Issues and Sources (edited with Richard S. Hess; Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2014), and Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series; Cambridge University Press, 2009). His scholarly contributions have appeared in the following journals: Archiv für OrientforschungCatholic Biblical QuarterlyJournal of Biblical LiteratureJournal of the American Oriental SocietyJournal of Theological InterpretationJournal of Northwest Semitic LanguagesVetus TestamentumZeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft.

Arnold served as editor of the Old Testament notes for The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011).

In 2010, Dr. Arnold was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for his proposal to study the oneness or singularity of God in the Old Testament. In 2003, he was named alumnus-in-residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Arnold is an elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored churches for six years before moving into Extension Ministry. He holds his ordination with the Kentucky Annual Conference of the UMC. He has represented Kentucky Methodism at three of the denomination’s General Conferences (2008, 2012, and 2016).

Dr. Arnold and his wife, Susan, have three grown sons.

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Israel in, among, or against Its Neighbors? A Singular Israel in a Pluralistic World

The late 1800s dropped a stunning realization on readers of the Bible – Israel was not alone in the ancient world. Suddenly, we became aware of other peoples besides the Israelites in antiquity. Lots of others: Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Phoenicians, Moabites, Hurrians, Edomites, Moabites, and on and on. Interpreters of the Bible went through […]