Leslie C. Allen

Senior Professor of Old TestamentSchool of Theology

Contact Information
626-584-5241
Education
BA, MA, University of Cambridge
PhD, DD, University of London

Leslie Allen joined the School of Theology in 1983 as professor of Old Testament and served in that capacity until 2004. He is now senior professor of Old Testament.

Commentaries Allen has written include Jeremiah in the Old Testament Library, Psalms and Ezekiel in the Word Biblical Commentary, and “Chronicles” in The New Interpreter’s Bible. He has also been published in various books and scholarly journals, including the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal of Theological Studies.

In addition to mentoring PhD students, Allen teaches courses on the Hebrew Prophets, Writings, Psalms, and Lamentations. He is involved in associations in both the United Kingdom and the United States, including the Society for Old Testament Study, Tyndale Fellowship, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He was also the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant in 1988.

Classes Taught

  • OT502: Hebrew Prophets
  • OT504: Writings
  • OT507: Old Testament Exegesis: Lamentations
  • OT507 Old Testament Exegesis: Psalms

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing

Prophets, Psalms, Chronicles, Ezra-Nehemiah, Lamentations

Publications

Books and Commentaries

  • A Theological Approach to the Old Testament: Major Themes and New Testament Connections. Cascade Books, 2014.
  • A Liturgy of Grief: A Pastoral Commentary on Lamentations. Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Korean translation of Ezekiel 1–19. 2009 [English: Word Biblical Commentary 28, Word Books, 1994].
  • Korean translation of Ezekiel 20–48. 2008. [English: Word Biblical Commentary 29, Word Books, 1990].
  • Jeremiah: A Commentary. Old Testament Library. Westminster John Knox, 2008.
  • Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, by L. C. Allen and T. S. Laniak [Ezra, Nehemiah by Allen]. New International Biblical Commentary. Hendrickson, 2003.
  • Psalms 101–50, Revised. Word Biblical Commentary 21. Nelson, 2002.
  • Ezekiel 1–19. Word Biblical Commentary 28. Word Books, 1994.
  • “Joel.” Pp. 780-91 in New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition. IVP Academic, 1994.
  • Ezekiel 20–48. Word Biblical Commentary 29. Word Books, 1990.
  • 1, 2 Chronicles. The Communicator’s Commentary. Word Books, 1987; later issued in paperback with the series name The Preacher’s Commentary.
  • Psalms. Word Biblical Themes. Word Books, 1987.
  • Psalms 101–150. Word Biblical Commentary 21. Word Books, 1983.
  • The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah. New International Commentary on the Old Testament. Eerdmans, 1976.
  • The Greek Chronicles, Part 1: The Translator’s Craft; Part 2: Textual Criticism. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 25, 27. Brill, 1974.
  • “Romans.” In A New Testament Commentary, ed. F. F. Bruce et al. Pickering and Inglis, 1969.
Articles and Chapters
  • “Glory,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, Logos Bible Software (online), 2013.
  • “Jeremiah, Book of,” in Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets, IVP Academic, 2012.
  • “Immanuel” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, Logos Bible Software (online), 2012.
  • “Disputations in the Book of Jeremiah.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 35 (2008) 135-46.
  • “Psalms,” in Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation, ed. S. E. Porter, 293-95. Routledge, 2007.
  • “Types of Actualization in the Psalms,” in The Spirit and Spirituality. Essays in Honour of Russell P. Spittler, ed. W. Ma and R. P. Menzies, 18-27, Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series 24. T & T Clark International, 2004.
  • “Aspects of Spiritual Commitment and Challenge in Chronicles,” in The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph W. Klein, ed. M. P. Graham et al., 123-32, JSOTSup 371. T & T Clark International, 2003.
  • “Spirituality in the Psalms. 2. Spirituality in Normal Times.” (Cantonese) Chinese Missionary Seminary Journal 3 (2003) 139-53.
  • “Spirituality in the Psalms. 1. Spirituality and the Seasons of Life.” (Cantonese) Chinese Missionary Seminary Journal 2 (2002) 95-105.
  • “The First and Second Books of Chronicles,” in The New Interpreter’s Bible, 3:297-659. Abingdon, 1999.
  • “‘For He Is Good . . .’ Worship in Ezra-Nehemiah,” Worship and the Hebrew Bible, 15-34, JSOT Supplement 284, Sheffield Academic Press, 1999.
  • Contributions to New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, Zondervan, 1997.
  • “Psalm 73: Pilgrimage from Doubt to Faith,” Bulletin for Biblical Research 7 (1997) 1-10.
  • Nine chapters in Old Testament Survey, ed. D. A. Hubbard, 2nd edition, Eerdmans, 1996.
  • “Some Types of Textual Adaptation in Ezekiel,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 71 (1995) 5-29.
  • “The Structure and Intention of Ezekiel 1,” Vetus Testamentum 43 (1993) 145-61.
  • “Structure, Tradition and Redaction in Ezekiel’s Death Valley Vision,” in Among the Prophets: Language, Image and Structure in the Prophetic Writings, 127-42, JSOT Supplement 144, JSOT Press, 1993.
  • Contributions to The Anchor Bible Dictionary, Doubleday, 1992.
  • “The People of God in the Prophets,” in Studies in Old Testament Theology, ed. R. L. Hubbard et al., 149-68. Word Books, 1992.
  • “Some Prophetic Antecedents of Apocalyptic Eschatology and Their Hermeneutical Value,” Ex Auditu 6 (1990) 15-28.
  • “Annotation Clusters in Ezekiel,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 102 (1990) 408-13.
  • “The Rejected Sceptre in Ezekiel xxi. 15b, 18a,” Vetus Testamentum 39 (1989) 67-71.
  • “Kerygmatic Units in 1 and 2 Chronicles,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (1988) 21-36.
  • “Ezekiel 24:3-14: A Rhetorical Perspective,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 49 (1987) 404-14.
  • “A Textual Torso in Ezekiel 22:20,” Journal for Semitic Studies 31 (1986) 131-33.
  • “David as Exemplar of Spirituality: The Redactional Function of Psalm 19,” Biblica 67 (1986) 544-46.
  • “The Value of Rhetorical Criticism in Psalm 69,” Journal of Biblical Literature 105 (1986) 577-98.
  • “Psalm 45:7-8 (6-7) in Old and New Testament Settings,” Christ the Lord: Studies in Christology Presented to Donald Guthrie, 220-42. Inter-Varsity Press, 1982.
  • “Psalm 73: An Analysis,” Tyndale Bulletin 33 (1982) 93-118.
  • “Psalms 73-150,” A Bible Commentary for Today, ed. F. F. Bruce et al., 650-702. Pickering and Inglis, 1979.
  • “More Cuckoos in the Textual Nest,” Journal of Theological Studies 24 (1973) 69-73.
  • “Cuckoos in the Textual Nest,” Journal of Theological Studies 22 (1971) 143-50.
  • “Isaiah 53:1 Again,” Vetus Testamentum 21 (1971) 490.
  • “The Old Testament Background of (προ)ορίζειν in the New Testament,” New Testament Studies 17 (1968) 104-8.
  • “Further Thoughts on an Old Recension of Reigns in Paralipomena,” Harvard Theological Review 61 (1968) 483-91.

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