David W. Baker, PhD

David W. Baker, PhD

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Dr. David W. Baker, PhD is a prolific scholar and editor.  His books include Genesis 37-50: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text (Baylor University Press, 2014); Isaiah (Zondervan, 2012); Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (Zondervan, 2009); Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (ed. with T. D. Alexander; InterVarsity Press, 2003); More Light on the Path: Daily Scripture Readings in Hebrew and Greek (with E. A. Heath; Baker, 1999); and The Face of Old Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches (ed. with B. T. Arnold; Baker, 1999).  In addition to serving as Professor of Old Testament and Semitics at Ashland, he has taught in a visiting capacity at institutions in Australia, South America, and Europe. Dr. Baker works extensively with Mobile Ed.  His courses include “Introducing the Old Testament: It Poetry and Prophecy” (OT 102); “A Survey of Amos, Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi” (OT 232); and “Theology of Genesis” (OT 303), with further courses projected on “Introducing the Old Testament: The Pentateuch,” “The Literary World of the Old Testament,” and “The Social World of the Old Testament.” 

Dr. Baker is a brilliant professor, whose classes are stretching and informative. He is the author of a long list of works and is recognized as an international Old Testament scholar. One of his most fulfilling academic achievements is as an editor, helping others achieve publishing success.

In his 25+ years at Ashland Theological Seminary, Dr. Baker finds that he most appreciates the diversity of ATS. In one of his hermeneutics classes, he had the privilege of studying with Protestant, Catholic and Greek Orthodox students. Discussing a topic such as canon was enriched through having at least three different canons and perspectives within the same class.

Dr. Baker had an interesting journey leading up to his position at ATS. At the end of the apartheid era, Dr. Baker was teaching in South Africa. Unfortunately, the social and political situation was deteriorating and he feared for the safety of his family. That's when God opened the door for them to migrate to Ashland, where, among cornfields and Amish buggies, there wasn't much of a safety threat!

Beyond teaching and writing, Dr. Baker enjoys traveling, particularly to New Zealand, the Pacific Northwest and Salzburg, Austria. He also finds time to watch British dramas and police procedurals, read, listen to a bit of classical or soft rock music and spend time with his family, including three adorable granddaughters.

Contact dbaker@ashland.edu
Denomination Brethren in Christ
Education PhDSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London MPhilSchool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London DipCSRegent College MCSRegent College BATemple University Additional StudiesWashington State University, Tel Aviv University, Dropsie College, Cambridge University
Current Classes OTS 5502 Biblical Hebrew 2

David's Published Books

"Isaiah" in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary) ISBN: 978-0310255765 View on Amazon
"Language and Text of the Old Testament" in Interpreting the Old Testament: A Guide for Exegesis ISBN: 978-0801022715 View on Amazon
"Obadiah," "Habakkuk," "Zephaniah" in New Bible Commentary ISBN: 978-0830814428 View on Amazon
"Piety in the Pentateuch" in Alive to God: Studies in Spirituality ISBN: 978-0830817672 View on Amazon
"Studying the Original Texts: Effective Learning and Teaching of Biblical Hebrew" in Make the Old Testament Live: From Curriculum to Classroom ISBN: 978-0802844279 View on Amazon
Biblical Faith And Other Religions: An Evangelical Assessment ISBN: 978-0825420269 View on Amazon
Daily Dose of Knowledge Bible (Contributor) ISBN: 978-1412752930 View on Amazon
Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch (The IVP Bible Dictionary Series) ISBN: 978-0830817818 View on Amazon
Faith, Tradition, and History: Old Testament Historiography in Its Near Eastern Context ISBN: 978-1575061894 View on Amazon
Joel, Obadiah, Malachi (The NIV Application Commentary) ISBN: 978-0310207238 View on Amazon View on iTunes
Leviticus (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) ISBN: 978-0842334280 View on Amazon
Looking Into the Future: Evangelical Studies in Eschatology ISBN: 978-0801022791 View on Amazon
More Light on the Path: Daily Scripture Readings in Hebrew and Greek ISBN: 978-0801021657 View on Amazon
Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) ISBN: 978-0877842491 View on Amazon
Obadiah: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) ISBN: 978-0877842750 View on Amazon
The Bible in World Christian Perspective: Studies in Honor of Carl Edwin Armerding ISBN: 978-1573834322 View on Amazon
The Face of Old Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches ISBN: 978-0801028717 View on Amazon
Windows into Old Testament History: Evidence, Argument, and the Crisis of Biblical Israel ISBN: 978-0802839626 View on Amazon