Professor of Old Testament
David Howard teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses in the MDiv and MA programs. Previously, he taught for 18 years at Bethel Seminary, where he is now Professor of Old Testament Emeritus. He is the author of 7 books, served as the series editor for the Handbooks for Old Testament Exegesis, and numerous other articles. David was raised by missionary parents and lived in Costa Rick and Columbia. He is married to Jan, and they have two girls. He enjoys music, reading, live theater, photography, canoeing, biking, and downhill skiing.
- Fascinating Bible Facts: People, Places and Events. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International, Ltd., 1992.
- An Introduction to the Old Testament Historical Books. Chicago: Moody, 1993. ISBN: 0-8024-4127-0. [Re-typeset 2007: ISBN: 978-0-8024-4155-3]
- The Structure of Psalms 93-100. Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego 5. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1997. xvi + 231 pp. ISBN: 1-57506-009-4.
- Joshua. New American Commentary 5 (NAC). Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 1998. ISBN: 0-8054-0105-0.
- Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts. Edited (with Michael A. Grisanti). Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003. ISBN: 0-8254-2892-0.
- “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 467. Edited (with Robert L. Foster). New York: T & T Clark, 2008. ISBN: 0-567-02653-1.
- The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul. Edited (with Andrew J. Schmutzer). Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8024-0962-1.
- “Editorial Activity in the Psalter: A State-of-the-Field Survey.” In J. C. McCann, ed., The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. JSOT Supplement Series 159 (Sheffield: JSOT, 1993): 52-70 [reprint, with additions, of No. 2.3].
- “A Contextual Reading of Psalms 90-94.” In J. C. McCann, ed., The Shape and Shaping of the Psalter. JSOT Supplement Series 159 (Sheffield: JSOT, 1993): 108-23.
- “Philistines.” In A. J. Hoerth, G. L. Mattingly, E. M. Yamauchi, eds., Peoples of the Old Testament World (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994): 231-50.
- “All Israel’s Response to Joshua: A Note on the Narrative Framework of Joshua 1.” In A. Beck et al., eds., Fortunate the Eyes that See; David Noel Freedman Festschrift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995): 81-91.
- “Recent Trends in Psalms Study.” In D. W. Baker and B. T. Arnold, eds., The Face of Old
- Testament Studies: A Survey of Contemporary Approaches (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999): 329-68.
- “History as History: The Search for Meaning.” In D. M. Howard, Jr. and M. A. Grisanti, eds., Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2003): 25-53.
- “The Psalms and Current Study.” In P. Johnson and D. Firth, eds., Interpreting the Psalms: Issues and approaches (Carlisle, U.K / Downers Grove, IL: Apollos / InterVarsity, 2005): 23-40.
- “Psalm 88 and the Rhetoric of Lament.” In R. Foster and D. Howard, eds., “My Words Are Lovely”: Studies in the Rhetoric of the Psalms. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 467 (New York: T & T Clark, 2008): 132-46.
- “Il salmo 88: come lodare Dio nei tempi difficili.” [“Psalm 88: How to Praise God in Difficult Times.”] In Pietro Ciavarella and David M. Howard Jr., I Salmi: Un invito ad un rapporto più intimo con Dio (Firenze: BE Edizioni, 2010): 71-85
- “The Old Testament Law: Morality for Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow?” In C. C. Simut, ed., Ethics and Eschatology: Papers Presented at the Annual Theology Conference of Emanuel University, March 10, 2010. (Oradea, Romania: Emanuel University Press, 2011): 53-83.
- “Introduction to the Historical Books.” In W. Grudem, C. J. Collins, and T. R. Schreiner, eds., Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible: A Guide to Reading the Bible Well. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012): 40-49. Reprint of No. 7.3.
- “The Proto-MT Psalter, the King, and Psalms 1 and 2: A Response to Klaus Seybold.” In S. Gillingham, ed., Jewish and Christian Approaches to the Psalter: Conflict and Convergence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012): 182-89.
- “Divine and Human Kingship as Organizing Motifs in the Psalter.” In A. J. Schmutzer and D. M. Howard, Jr., eds., The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013): 197-207.
- “Psalm 88: Praising God in the Bad Times.” In A. J. Schmutzer and D. M. Howard, Jr., eds., The Psalms: Language for All Seasons of the Soul (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2013): 247-54.
- “Preaching the Darkest Psalm: Psalm 88.” In I. Stackhouse and O. Crisp, eds., Text Message: The Centrality of Scripture in Preaching. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2014): 54-66. [See also No. 2.12.]
- “Reflections on Charles Krahmalkov, the Teacher.” In Robert M. Kerr, Robert Miller II, & Philip C. Schmitz, eds., “His Word Soars Above Him”: Biblical and North-West Semitic Studies Presented to Professor Charles R. Krahmalkov. (Ann Arbor: 2018): 1-4.
- “Divine and Human Kingship as an Organizing Motif in the Psalter.” In the Conference Volume of the 2011 International Theology Conference, Emanuel University of Oradea, Oradea, Romania (in press).
- “‘Surprised by Joy’: Joy in the Christian Life and in Christian Scholarship,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society1 (Mar 2004): 3-20.
- “‘Moses’ in the Psalms,” Invited paper in the Pentateuch Section, National Meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 18, 2010.
- “Preaching the Darkest Psalm: Psalm 88,” Preaching magazine (Sep/Oct 2012): 38-43. [See also No. 3.15.]
- “Psalm 88: The Rhetoric of the Darkest Psalm,” Invited paper in the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry Section, Evangelical Theological Society, Baltimore, Maryland, November 20, 2013.
- “Reading the Psalms Christologically: Promises and Pitfalls,” Invited paper in the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry Section, National Meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, Texas, November 16, 2016.
- “Adopters and Adapters of Gerald Wilson’s Canonical Approach to the Psalms,” Invited paper in the Psalms and Hebrew Poetry Section, National Meeting, Evangelical Theological Society, Denver, Colorado, November 14, 2018.
- B.S. (Biology), Geneva College
- M.A. (Theological Studies: Old Testament), Wheaton College
- A.M. (Near Eastern Studies), University of Michigan
- Ph.D. (Near Eastern Studies), University of Michigan