About Dr. Richard Hess
  • Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages;

    Editor of the Denver Journal


    Dr. Richard Hess, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1997. He is the editor of the Denver Journal, Denver Seminary's online theological review journal, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research. He is also the founder and editor of the Bulletin's Supplement Series and is a member of a dozen scholarly societies.

    Dr. Hess earned a PhD from Hebrew Union College, an MDiv and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Wheaton College. He has done postdoctoral research at universities in Chicago, Jerusalem, Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and has held National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and Tyndale House (Cambridge) postdoctoral fellowships and grants. He was lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at International Christian College, Scotland, and Reader in Old Testament at Roehampton University, London.  Having lectured at more than one hundred scholarly societies, universities, and colleges, he has recently given invited lectures at Shandong University, Jinan; Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati; Whitely College, Melbourne; and the Korean Bible Society, Seoul.

    Dr. Hess has worked for the New International Version, the New American Bible, the Holman Standard Christian Bible, the English Standard Version, and OurNewBible translations of the Old Testament. He is an editor of a series of commentaries on the Septuagint and has translated books of the Septuagint for Logos Bible Software.

    Dr. Hess has authored 8 books, including volumes on religion (Israelite Religions: A Biblical and Archaeological Survey), ancient Near Eastern subjects (Amarna Personal Names and Names in the Study of Biblical History), Genesis (Studies in the Personal Names of Genesis 1-11), and commentaries on Leviticus, Joshua, and the Song of Songs. He has edited 13 books, most recently collections of studies on War in the Bible and Terrorism in the 21st Century, Issues in Bible Translation, and The Family in the Bible; and commentaries on the Septuagint texts of Genesis and Joshua. In addition to several hundred book reviews and dictionary articles, Dr. Hess has published more than 100 scholarly articles in collected essays and journals such as Biblica, Biblical Archaeologist, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Themelios, Tyndale Bulletin, Vetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift fuer die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. Current research projects include commentaries on the books of Genesis and Kings, an Introduction to the Old Testament, Hebrew grammar, and the study of ancient Near Eastern texts related to the Old Testament.


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