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Dr. Joel Harlow

  • Visiting Professor of Biblical Languages

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • B.A. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
  • MTS (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)


Dr. Harlow has pastored several churches, served in Papua New Guinea as a translator with Wycliffe Bible Translators and taught Greek and Hebrew since the mid 1990s, both in the classroom and online.

He has long been associated with the Charlotte campus. He began as a student in 1993 and joined the staff in 1994. He was in the first masters-level graduating class in 1996 and began teaching Greek and Hebrew in Charlotte at that time. Dr. Harlow came back to Gordon-Conwell in 2009 after nine years at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, where he taught nearly 1,000 students Greek and Hebrew through their virtual campus.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Dr. Harlow is involved in missions in Latin America. He has taught Old Testament at Seminario Bíblico de México in Atizapán, México and taught courses for Laurel University (formerly Universidad FLET) online and in Haiti. He also works with Wycliffe Bible Translators / The Summer Institute of Linguistics in Latin America, training indigenous Old Testament translators in Hebrew, hermeneutics and exegesis, as well as developing online tools for translation consultants.

With his Ph.D. in Adult Education and his MTS in Biblical Languages, Dr. Harlow’s scholarly interests range from Greek and Hebrew language and linguistics to technology and pedagogy, adult education and motivational theory.

His professional interests include being a member of the Society for Biblical Literature—where he has been a frequent presenter on the topic of biblical language instruction and technology—and having served on the Consultation for Spiritual Formation in Distance Education.

His personal interests include tennis and golf.