J. Andrew (Andy) Dearman

Associate Dean for Fuller Seminary Texas and Professor of Old TestamentSchool of Theology

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BA, University of North Carolina
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD, Emory University

John Andrew (Andy) Dearman is associate dean for Fuller Texas and professor of Old Testament. Dr. Dearman joined Fuller’s faculty in 2009 after several years of connection to the seminary, including teaching as an adjunct professor at two regional campuses. Before coming to Fuller, he taught Old Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for 27 years, serving as its academic dean from 1997 to 2003. Additionally, Dearman spent time on faculty at Louisiana State University and has served as a visiting professor at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany; Stellenbosch University, South Africa; the University of South Africa; and Justo Mwale Theological College, Zambia. A respected archaeological researcher, he has held staff positions on archaeological surveys and excavations in Israel and Jordan.

Dearman has written several books, including Hosea (NICOT, 2010), Jeremiah and Lamentations (NIV Application Commentary series, 2002), The Land that I Will Show You: Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (editor and contributor, 2001), Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel (1992), Harper’s Bible Pronunciation Guide (editor and contributor, 1989), Studies of the Mesha Inscription and Moab (editor and contributor, 1989), and Property Rights in the Eighth-Century Prophets: The Conflict and Its Background (1988). Dearman serves on the editorial board of the NIV Application Commentary series by Zondervan. Additionally, he participated in two Bible translation projects, contributing to The Voice (Thomas Nelson) and serving as a translation editor for the Common English Bible (Abingdon).

Dearman, who also holds an honorary ThD from the Reformed Theological Academy of Debrecen in Hungary, is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research, and is an honorary member of the Old Testament Society of Southern Africa. He is ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Courses Taught

  • OT500: Writings as Introduction to the Old Testament
  • OT501: Pentateuch
  • OT502: Hebrew Prophets
  • OT504: Writings
  • OT506: Old Testament Exegesis: Jeremiah
  • OT507: Old Testament Exegesis: Esther and Ruth
  • OT507: Old Testament Exegesis: Writings
  • OT534: Old Testament Theology
  • OT567: Jeremiah (English Text)

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Old Testament, biblical studies, history and archaeology of the Ancient Near East



  • Property Rights in the Eighth-Century Prophets. The Conflict and its Background (SBLDS 106; Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988).
  • Studies in the Mesha Inscription and Moab (Archaeology and Biblical Studies 2; Atlanta: Scholars Press: 1989); Editor and contributor.
  • Harper’s Bible Pronunciation Guide (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1989). Associate Editor and contributor.
  • Religion and Culture in Ancient Israel (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1992).
  • The Land That I Will Show You. Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (JSOTSS 343; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001); Editor and contributor.
  • Jeremiah & Lamentations (NIVAC; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002).
  • Hosea (NICOT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010).

Articles and Chapters

  • “Some Observations on Early Hebrew Works and Teachers in America: 1726-1823,” Hebrew Studies 20-21 (1979-80) 195-198;
  • “Hebrew Prophecy and Social Criticism: Some Observations for Perspective,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 9 (1983) 131-144;
  • “The Melqart Stele and the Ben Hadads of Damascus,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 115 (1983) 95-96;
  • “The Problem of War in the Old Testament; War, Peace and Justice,” Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Bulletin 99 (1983) 5-14.
  • “The Location of Jahaz,” Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina Vereins 100 (1984) 122-126.
  • “Prophecy, Property and Politics,” Society of Biblical Literature Seminar Papers (ed. K. Richards; Chico: Scholars Press, 1984) 385-397.
  • “The Psalms as Prayers,” Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Bulletin 101 (1985) 25-30.
  • “On Record Keeping and the Preservation of Documents in Ancient Israel (1000-587 B.C.E.),” Journal of Libraries & Cultures 24/3 (1989) 344-56.
  • “The Blessing in Torah: Preaching the Gospel Beforehand,” Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Bulletin 105 (1990) pp. 33-50.
  • “The Levitical Cities of Reuben and Moabite Toponymy,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 276 (1989) pp. 55-66.
  • “My Servants the Scribes: Composition and Context in Jer 36,” Journal of Biblical Literature 109 (1990) 403-21.
  • “Edward Robinson: Scholar and Presbyterian Educator,” American Presbyterians (formerly Journal of Presbyterian History) 69/3 (1991) 163-74.
  • “The Moabite Sites of Horonaim and Luhith,” Palestine Exploration Quarterly 122 (1990) 41-46.
  • “Settlement Patterns and the Beginning of the Iron Age in Moab,” Early Edom and Moab. The Beginning of the Iron Age in Southern Jordan (ed. P. Bienkowski; SAM 7; Sheffield: J. R. Collis, 1992) 65-75.
  • “Baal in Ancient Israel: The Contribution of Some Place Names and Personal Names to the Understanding of Early Israelite Religion,” in History and Interpretation. Essays in Honour of John H. Hayes (ed. M. Patrick Graham, et al; JSOTS 173; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993) 173-91.
  • “Edomite Religion: A Survey and an Examination of Some Recent Contributions,” in You Shall Not Abhor an Edomite For He is Your Brother. Edom and Seir in History and Tradition (ed. by D. Edelman, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1995) 119-36.
  • “Some Patterns in the Language of Divine Uniqueness in the Old Testament,” Insights 110 (1995) 23-33.
  • “Marriage in the Old Testament,” in Biblical Ethics & Homosexuality. Listening to Scripture (ed. R. Brawley; Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1996) 53-67.
  • “The Tophet in Jerusalem: Archaeology and Cultural Profile,” in Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 22 (1996) 59-71.
  • “The Son of Tabeel (Isaiah 7:6),” in Prophets and Paradigms. Essays in Honor of Gene M. Tucker (ed. by S. B. Reid; JSOTS 229; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996) 33-47.
  • “The ‘Border’ Area Between Ammon, Moab and Israel in the Iron Age,” in Old Testament Essays 9/2 (1996) 204-12.
  • “Roads and Settlements in Moab,” Biblical Archaeologist 60/4 (1997) 205-13.
  • “The Family in the Old Testament,” Interpretation 52/2 (1998) 117-29.
  • “YHWH’s House: gender roles and metaphors for Israel in Hosea,” Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages 25/1 (1999) 97-108.
  • “J. Maxwell Miller, Teacher and Scholar: A Sketch,” in The Land That I Will Show You. Essays on the History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honor of J. Maxwell Miller (ed. by J. Andrew Dearman, M. Patrick Graham; JSOTSS 343; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001) 16-35.
  • “Interpreting the religious polemics against Baal and the Baalim in the book of Hosea,” Old Testament Essays 14/1 (2001) 9-25.
  • “Theophany, Anthropomorphism, and Imago Dei: Some Observations about the Incarnation in the Light of the Old Testament,” The Incarnation. An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Incarnation of the Son of God (ed. by Stephen T. Davis, Daniel Kendall, and Gerald O’Collins; New York: Oxford University Press, 2002) 31-46.
  • “Building an OT Library: Hosea–Malachi,” Catalyst. Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians 31/4 (2005) 7-8.
  • “Putting Ruth in Her Place: Some Observations on Canonical Ordering and the History of the Book’s Interpretation,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 27/1 (2005) 59-86.
  • “Moab and Ammon: Some Observations on Their Relationship in Light of a New Moabite Inscription,” in Studies on Iron Age Moab and Neighbouring Areas in Honour of Michèle Daviau (ed. by Piotr Bienkowski; Leuven: Peeters, 2009) 97-116.
  • “A New Day in Biblical Interpretation,” in Studia Theologica Debrecinensis 1 (2009) 85-88.
  • “Daughter Zion and Her Place in God’s Household,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 31/2 (2009) 144-159.
  • “Observations on ‘Conversion’ and the Old Testament,” Ex Auditu 25 (2009) 22-36.
  • “Psalms 6-10, Translation and Commentary,” in R. Mark Shipp, ed., Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today (vol. 1; Abilene: Abilene Christian University Press, 2011).
  • “Building an Old Testament Library: Hosea — Malachi,” Catalyst (2014). Online: http://www.catalystresources.org/building-an-old-testament-library-hosea-malachi-5/.
  • “David, the Book of Ruth, and Its Place in a Larger National Storyline,” Southeastern Theological Review 5/2 (2014) 157-70.
  • “David, the Book of Ruth, and Its Place in a Larger National Storyline,” Southeastern Theological Review 5/2 (2014) 157-70.
  • “Middle East: History, Beliefs, Practices,” pp. 320-326; “Middle East: Christian Contacts,” pp. 327-331; “Middle East: Current Issues,” pp. 332-342, in Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices, edited by Terry C. Muck et al. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic 2014).
  • “The Exodus and Wilderness Wandering Traditions in Amos and Micah,” in James K. Hoffmeier, Alan Millard, and Gary Rendsburg, ed., “Did I Not Bring Israel Out of Egypt?” Biblical, Archaeological, and Egyptological Perspectives on the Exodus Narratives. (Institute for Biblical Research Monograph Series; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).

Entries in Reference Works

  • The Revised Harper's Dictionary of the Bible (ed. P. Achtemeier; Harper & Row, 1985; 2nd, 1996).
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary (ed. D. N. Freedman; Doubleday, 1992).
  • Historical Handbook of Major Biblical Interpreters (ed. D. McKim; InterVarsity Press, 1998).
  • Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (ed. J. H. Hayes; Abingdon Press, 1999).
  • Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (ed. H. G. M. Williamson; InterVarsity Press, 2005).
  • New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible (K. D. Sakenfeld, general editor; Abingdon Press, 2006-2009).
  • The Harper-Collins Study Bible (NRSV), notes to Amos.
  • Common English Study Bible, notes to Hosea, Amos, Joel, and Obadiah.


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