Dr. David W. Baker, PhD

Dr. David W. Baker, PhD

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Email: dbaker@ashland.edu

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 30+ 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 four adorable grandchildren. Since now his teaching is mainly online, he is able to reside near the beach in Wilmington, NC.

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