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Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr.

  • President Emeritus; Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Old Testament Ethics

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • A.B. (Wheaton College)
  • B.D. (Wheaton Graduate School of Theology)
  • M.A., Ph.D. (Brandeis University)


  • (Forward) Christ in the Old Testament: Old Testament Appearances of Christ in Human Form (Christian Focus Publishers, 2010)
  • Classical Evangelical Essays in Old Testament Interpretation (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2008)
  • Biblical Approach to Personal Suffering (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003)
  • The Preacher’s Commentary, Vol. 23, Micah-Malachi (Thomas Nelson, 2002)
  • The Uses of the Old Testament in the New (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001)
  • Revive Us Again: Biblical Insights for Encouraging Spiritual Renewal (Christian Focus Publishers, 2001)
  • Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations (Baker, 2000)
  • Haci una Teologia del Antiguo Testamento (Vida, 2000)
  • The Christian and the Old Testament (William Carey Library, 1998)
  • A History of Israel: From the Bronze Age Through the Jewish Wars (Broadman & Holman, 1998)
  • Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis For Preaching and Teaching (Baker, 1998)
  • Hard Sayings of the Bible (with Peter H. Davids, F.F. Bruce, Manfred T. Brauch, InterVarsity, 1996)
  • Psalms: Heart to Heart with God (Zondervan, 1995)
  • Proverbs: Wisdom for Everyday Life (Zondervan, 1995)
  • The Messiah in the Old Testament: A Glorious Future for Israel with God's Annointed One (Zondervan, 1995)
  • An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search For Meaning (Zondervan, 1994)
  • Five Views on Law and Gospel (with Greg L. Bahnsen, Douglas J. Moo, Wayne G. Strickland, Willem A. VanGemeren, Zondervan, 1993)
  • The Journey Isn't Over: The Pilgrim Psalms For Life's Challenges and Joys (Baker, 1993)
  • (Translator) That Mighty Sculptor, Time (with Marguerite Yourcenar, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992)
  • More Hard Sayings of the Old Testament (InterVarsity, 1992)
  • The Communicator's Commentary: Micah-Malachi, Vol. 21 (WordBooks, 1992)
  • The Case for Jesus the Messiah: Incredible Prophecies that Prove God Exists (with John Ankerberg, John Weldon, Harvest House, 1989)
  • Back Toward the Future: Hints for Interpreting Biblical Prophecy (Baker, 1989)
  • Have You Seen the Power of God Lately: Lessons for Today from Elijah (Here’s Life Publishers, 1987)
  • Toward Rediscovering the Old Testament (Zondervan, 1987)
  • (Translator) Two Lives and a Dream (with Marguerite Yourcenar, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1987)
  • Quality Living (Moody, 1986)
  • Quest For Renewal (Moody Press, 1986)
  • Malachi: God's Unchanging Love (Baker, 1984)
  • Toward Old Testament Ethics (Zondervan, 1983)
  • Ecclesiastes: Total Life (Moody Press, 1979)
  • Toward an Old Testament Theology (Zondervan, 1978)
  • The Old Testament in Contemporary Preaching (Baker, 1973)


Bible Translation, Biblical Archaeology, Covenant, Prophecy, Israel, Old Testament Studies, Eschatology/End Times, Theological Education


Dr. Kaiser is the Colman M. Mockler distinguished Professor of Old Testament and President Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell. He also served as the seminary’s President from 1997-2006.

Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Kaiser taught Bible and archaeology at Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois and taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in several capacities. In addition to teaching in the Old Testament Department, he was Senior Vice President of Education, Academic Dean, and Senior Vice President of Distance Learning and Ministries.

Dr. Kaiser currently serves on the boards of several Christian organizations. He has contributed to such publications as Journal for the Study of Old Testament, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Christianity Today, Westminster Theological Journal, and Evangelical Quarterly. He has also written numerous books, some of which are: Toward an Old Testament Theology; Ecclesiastes: Total Life; Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Preaching and Teaching; Hard Sayings of the Old Testament; Communicator's Commentary: Micah to Malachi; Leviticus in The New Interpreter's Bible; Exodus in the Expositor's Bible Commentary; The Messiah in the Old Testament; A History of Israel; and co-authored An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning.

His beloved wife of 56 years, Marge, passed away in 2013. Dr. Kaiser also has three sons, one daughter, four granddaughters, and three grandsons.