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John Goldingay

Senior Professor of Old Testament and David Allan Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Old Testament

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, University of Oxford
PhD, University of Nottingham
DD, Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth

Courses Taught

OT500: Introduction to the Old Testament
OT517: Isaiah
OT517: Psalms
OT556: Old Testament Hermeneutics
OT551: Old Testament Ethics
BI500: Interpretive Practices

Campus Affiliations

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise

Old Testament exegesis and theology

Current Research

Ezekiel, Joshua, Proverbs

“I want to see things through the eyes of Genesis or Isaiah or Lamentations. My Christian faith will sometimes enable me to perceive things in the Old Testament that I might otherwise miss. . . . but I want the Old Testament to correct my Christian assumptions.”


Dr. Goldingay, in his book Introduction to the Old Testament: Exploring Text, Approaches & Issues. Glimpse his daily routine in this video.


John Goldingay is senior professor of Old Testament and David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament Emeritus in the School of Mission and Theology and has been at Fuller since 1997. 

Before coming to Fuller, Goldingay was principal and a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at St John’s Theological College in Nottingham, England. He studied theology at Oxford and was ordained and worked in a church in London, and has also been priest-in-charge of a church in Pasadena.

Goldingay’s publications include the 17-volume Old Testament For Everyone series (Westminster John Knox/SPCK), which provides brief comment on all the Old Testament Scriptures, a Biblical Theology (InterVarsity Press), and a three-volume Old Testament Theology (InterVarsity Press). He has also written commentaries on Daniel, Isaiah, and Psalms, and he has a commentary coming out on Proverbs. His most recent books include The Lost Letters to the Twelve Prophets: Imagining the Minor Prophets’ World and commentaries on Jeremiah, Ecclesiastes, and Joshua.

He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for Old Testament Study, and serves on the editorial board for the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies and on the Oxford Interfaith Forum.

His webpage is and includes many articles and blogposts on aspects of the Old Testament and of Christian faith.

On his webpage vita Goldingay says, “For me, being a professor is a subset of being a pastor.” He was married to Ann for 43 years until she died in 2009 and he has two married sons. He is now married to Kathleen Scott.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Closed Wombs and Failed Harvests

    May 29, 2023

    John has written “Closed Wombs and “Failed Harvests” (1 Samuel 1-2 and 2 Samuel 21-24) This is an intertextual study of th... Read More

  • Israel in the Christian Bible

    February 9, 2023

    John has written an encyclopedia article on Israel as a theological theme. You can find it posted here on the Theology page. (14,000 words.)... Read More

  • Law

    January 10, 2023

    John is responding to questions from you about Law in a paper you can find on the Pentateuch page:A basic 4000-word introduction to Law: in ... Read More

Featured Publications

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