Potter’s Wheel Bible Institute

The Potter’s Wheel Bible Institute Presents

“”Introduction to the Old Testament”


Dr. Richard S. Hess

Old Testament Professor at Denver Seminary


16 Classes – Starting Tuesday, January 17, 2017

PROFESSOR DR. RICHARD S. HESS, professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages, joined the faculty in 1997. He is the editor of the Denver Journal, Denver Seminary’s online theological review journal, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research.
Dr. Hess earned a PhD from Hebrew Union College, an MDiv and a ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Wheaton College. He has done postdoctoral research at universities in Chicago, Jerusalem, Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and has held National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, and Tyndale House (Cambridge) postdoctoral fellowships and grants. He was lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at International Christian College, Scotland, and Reader in Old Testament at Roehampton University, London. Having lectured at more than one hundred scholarly societies, universities, and colleges, he has recently given invited lectures at SAIACS, Bangalore; Min Zu University, Beijing.
Dr. Hess is a member of the Committee on Bible Translation for the New International Version. He serves as Old Testament and archaeology editor for the forthcoming NIV Study Bible. Dr. Hess has also worked for the New International Version, the New American Bible, the Holman Standard Christian Bible, the English Standard Version, and The Common English Bible translations of the Old Testament. He is an editor of a series of commentaries on the Septuagint and has translated books of the Septuagint for Logos Bible Software.
Dr. Hess has authored 8 books, including volumes on religion (Israelite Religions: A Biblical and Archaeological Survey), ancient Near Eastern subjects (Amarna Personal Names and Names in the Study of Biblical History), Genesis (Studies in the Personal Names of Genesis 1-11), and commentaries on Leviticus, Joshua, and the Song of Songs. He has edited 14 books, most recently R. Hawkins’ The Iron Age I Structure on Mount Ebal and a collection of studies, Critical Issues in Early Israelite History; and commentaries on Septuagint texts such as 1 Esdras and Genesis. In addition to several hundred book reviews and dictionary articles, Dr. Hess has published more than 100 scholarly articles in collected essays and journals such as Biblica, Biblical Archaeologist, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Themelios,Tyndale Bulletin, Vetus Testamentum, and Zeitschrift fuer die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft. Current research projects include commentaries on the books of Genesis and Kings, an Introduction to the Old Testament, Hebrew grammar, and the study of ancient Near Eastern texts related to the Old Testament.
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide a broad survey of the Old Testament. The course outlines the general direction of its historical narrative against its ancient Near Eastern background, develops its fundamental theological themes, and probes its potential contributions to Christian mission today.
The 2017 Spring Semester course will be held at The Potter’s House of Denver on 16 Tuesdays nights from 6:30pm – 8:00pm on the following dates:

  • January 17, 24, 31st
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 14, 21
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9, 16

Online Tuition: $250.  (Tuition does not cover the cost of textbooks).
Textbook for the Course:
Andrew E. Hill and John H. Walton, A Survey of the Old Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2009. (Most students find this textbook through online book stores).
(Most students are able to purchase textbooks through online bookshops)


Registration for “The Potter’s Wheel Bible Institute” is now OPEN.