Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Nathan French

Meet Dr. Nathan French

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Divinity - Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East (University of Aberdeen)
  • M.A., Hebrew Bible and the Near East (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • B.A., Theological and Historical Studies (Oral Roberts University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Dr. Nathan French has served as an affiliate faculty member in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. (2018) in Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern Studies from the University of Aberdeen, which is located in Scotland. Between the years 2009-2011, French lived in Jerusalem, Israel, where he completed his M.A. (2012) in Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During that time, he was afforded the opportunity to learn from some of the most prominent scholars presently in the field.

Under their tutelage, French studied a host of ancient languages, including Akkadian, Ugaritic, Biblical Aramaic, Egyptian, Greek, and of course, ancient Hebrew. Also, he gained invaluable knowledge of the archaeology of Jerusalem and the land of Israel. French is very familiar with the land and has traveled extensively throughout it. He has maintained relationships with friends in the north of Israel, in Jerusalem, and in Bethlehem. His passion in the classroom is to inspire his students to engage the study of the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context. French and his wife have on son, and a wee Pug from Scotland. 

  • French, Nathan. A Theocentric Interpretation of הדעת טוב ורע: The Knowledge of Good and Evil as the knowledge for Administering Reward and Punishment. Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments 283. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2021.
  • French, Nathan. "Biblical Foundations (OT, NT, Inter-testamental) of Pneumatology," T&T Clark Encyclopedia of Christian Theology (forthcoming).
  • French, Nathan. Book Review: JSOT 42.5 (2018), pp. 206-2017, ARNOLD, BILL T. and BRENT A. STRAWN (eds.), "The World around the Old Testament: The People and Places of the Ancient Near East" Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic (2016).
  • French, Nathan. Book Review: JSOT 40.5 (2016), p. 133, ENG, MILTON and LEE M. FIELDS (eds.), Der bedrohte David. Eine exegetische und rezeptionsgeschichtliche Studie zu 1Sam 16-1Kon 2 Studies of the Bible and its Reception, 3 by Sarah Kipfer; Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter, (2015).