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Dr. Richard E. Averbeck (B.A. Calvary Bible College; M.Div. Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning) is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages and Director of the Ph.D. program in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. 

Prof. Averbeck is co-editor (with Mark W. Chavalas and David B. Weisberg) of Life and Culture in the Ancient Near East (CDL Press, 2003) and (with Gordon D. Young and Mark W. Chavalas) of Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons (CDL Press, 1998). He has contributed numerous essays that elucidate the ancient Near Eastern background of the Genesis creation narratives, including "The Sumerian Historiographic Tradition and Its Implications for Genesis 1-11," in Faith, Tradition, and History (Eisenbrauns, 1994); "Factors in Reading the Patriarchal Narratives: Literary, Historical, and Theological Dimensions," in Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts (Kregel, 2003); "Ancient Near Eastern Mythography as it relates to Historiography in the Hebrew Bible: Genesis 3 and the Cosmic Battle," in The Future of Biblical Archaeology: Reassessing Methodologies and Assumptions (Eerdmans, 2004); and "Temple Building among the Sumerians and Akkadians (Third Millennium)," in From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Essays on Temple Building in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible (Ugarit-Verlag, 2010). He and his wife Melinda reside in Pleasant Prairie, WI, and have two sons and two grandchildren.


Dr. Todd Beall (B.A. Princeton University; Th.M. Capital Bible Seminary; Ph.D. The Catholic University of America) is Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Department of Old Testament Literature and Exegesis at Capital Bible Seminary.

Prof. Beall is co-author (with William A. Banks and Colin Smith) of Old Testament Parsing Guide (B & H, [rev.] 2000) and author of Josephus' Description of the Essenes Illustrated by the Dead Sea Scrolls (Cambridge University Press, 1988). He contributed "Contemporary Hermeneutical Approaches to Genesis 1-11," a chapter in the volume Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth, edited by Terry Mortenson and Thane Ury (Master Books, 2008). He and his wife Sharon reside in Maryland. They have two married children and three grandchildren.


Dr. C. John Collins (B.S. and M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.Div. Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary; Ph.D. University of Liverpool) is Professor of Old Testament in the Department of Scripture and Interpretation at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, where he has taught since 1993.

Prof. Collins has been a research engineer, a church-planter, and, since 1993, a teacher. His early work focused on the grammar of Hebrew and Greek, but he has branched out into studies in science and faith, in how the New Testament uses the Old, and in Biblical theology. He was Old Testament Chairman for the English Standard Version of the Bible, and Old Testament Editor for the English Standard Version Study Bible. He is the author of The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God's Action in the World (Crossway, 2000); Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? (Crossway, 2003); and Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary (P & R Publishing, 2006). His recent contribution on the historicity of Adam to the theme issue "Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics, and Evolutionary Science" appeared in the September 2010 issue of the journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. His forthcoming book, Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why It Matters, will be published by Crossway. He and his wife have been married since 1979 and have two children.


Dr. Victor P. Hamilton (B.A. Houghton College; B.D. and Th.M. Asbury Theological Seminary; M.A. and Ph.D. Brandeis University) was professor of Old Testament studies at Asbury University for 36 years. Since his retirement in 2007, Asbury has appointed him as a scholar-in-residence at the University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Asbury Theological Seminary.
 
Prof. Hamilton’s first book, Handbook on the Pentateuch (Baker Academic, 1982 and 2005), has been translated into Russian, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese. His other books include The Book of Genesis, New International Commentary on the Old Testament, two volumes (Eerdmans, 1990; 1995); Handbook on the Historical Books (Baker Academic, 2002); and Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary (Baker Academic, 2011). Prof. Hamilton served on the translation team for two modern Bible versions, the New King James Version (Thomas Nelson, 1982), and the New Living Translation (Tyndale House, 1996 and 2004). Additionally, he has contributed chapters and entries to numerous other publications such as Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, The Anchor Bible Dictionary, An Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, and the Asbury Bible Commentary. He has been married for 45 years and has four married children and thirteen grandchildren.


Dr. Tremper Longman III (B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University; M.Div. Westminster Theological Seminary; M. Phil. and Ph.D. Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College.

Prof. Longman has authored, co-authored, or co-edited over 20 books, including commentaries on Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and Nahum; An Introduction to the Old Testament (2nd ed.; InterVarsity Press, 2007); Foundations of Contemporary Interpretation (Zondervan, 1996); and Reading the Bible with Heart and Mind (NavPress, 1997). In addition, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other popular translations of the Bible including The Message, The New Century Version, and the Holman Standard Bible. He has also edited and contributed to numerous Study Bibles, Bible Dictionaries, and Old Testament reference works. He is co-editor (with Peter Enns) of Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings (InterVarsity Press, 2008) and serves as the Old Testament editor of the Expositor's Bible Commentary, revised edition (Zondervan). His most recent book (with physicist Richard Carlson) is Science, Creation, and the Bible (InterVarsity Press, 2010). He and his wife Alice have three sons and two granddaughters.


Dr. John H. Walton (B.A. Muhlenberg College; M.A. Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and the Wheaton Graduate School. Previously, he served as Professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute from 1981 until 2001.

Prof. Walton is author of The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate (InterVarsity Press, 2009); Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament (Baker, 2006); and Genesis, NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 2001); he is co-author (with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas) of the IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (InterVarsity Press, 2000); and he is the general editor of the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary: Old Testament (Zondervan, 2009). He has served on the translation team of the popular New Living Translation (Isaiah), The New Century Version (1 & 2 Samuel), and The Message (1 & 2 Samuel) and has contributed to numerous Old Testament reference works, including The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis, ed. W. VanGemeren (Zondervan, 1997). More recently, Prof. Walton contributed the essays "Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3 and the Ancient Near East: Order out of Disorder after Chaoskampf" and "Interpreting the Bible as an Ancient Near Eastern Document" to the Calvin Theological Journal (vol. 43, 2008) and Israel: Ancient Kingdom or Late Invention? Archaeology, Ancient Civilizations, and the Bible (ed. Daniel Block, Broadman & Holman, 2008) respectively. His forthcoming book, Genesis One as Ancient Cosmology, will be published by Eisenbrauns. He and his wife Kim have three children.