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Dr. Donna Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament, Director of the Hebrew Language Program

Biography:

Dr. Petter is a graduate of the department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto (MA, PhD). Her thought-provoking dissertation on the relationship between Sumerian City Laments and the book of Ezekiel was published in the prestigious Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis series (Fribourg Academic Press/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht).  Over the years, her research and writing have blended interests in Hebrew exegesis and Biblical Theology.  Her most recent publications include the commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah in the popular NIVAC commentary series (co-written with her husband Tom) and the study notes on Ezekiel in the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible (edited by D.A. Carson). She is in the final stages of completing the commentary on Ezekiel in the Concise Bible Commentary Series for The Gospel Coalition.  Her current research project returns to a well-known topic: the declaration of the Divine Name (Exodus 34:6-7) and its expression in Ezekiel.  This long love affair with the topic of Yahweh’s hesed began when she wrote a Master’s thesis on Exodus 32-34 at Gordon-Conwell (1997).

A former missionary with Youth With A Mission, Dr. Petter has retained a strong relationship with the School of Biblical Studies at the main campus in Kona, Hawaii (where she and her husband directed the SBS in the early 1990’s) and the Lakeside, Montana campus.  She speaks at conferences, retreats, and churches in a wide range of settings including plenary speaker at ECO National Gathering, Hoffmantown Baptist Church in Albuquerque, First Presbyterian Church, Houston, and Trinitarian Congregational Church, Wayland MA, where her husband Tom serves as Senior Pastor.

Underlying her 35 years in Gospel ministry lies a passion for God and His Word.  Whether it was doing relief work at the garbage dump in Manila during her early twenties, providing biblical resources in China, or co-leading the SBS in Togo, West Africa (and surviving a life-threatening bout with malaria), Dr. Petter’s enthusiasm for Jesus and mentoring her students is contagious. She is married to Tom Petter. Their son Marcus studies economics at Gordon College. They live in Sudbury, MA.

Degrees

  • B.A. (University of the Nations)
  • M.A.R., M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • M.A. (University of Toronto)
  • Ph.D. (University of Toronto, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)

Publications

  • “The Book of Ezekiel” in The Concise Bible Commentary. The Gospel Coalition, forthcoming.
  • “Worship in Ezra” in Biblical Worship: Theology unto the Glory of God. Edited by Benjamin K. Forrest, Walter C. Kaiser, and Vernon M. Whaley. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, forthcoming.
  • Ezra-Nehemiah (co-written with Thomas Petter). The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, forthcoming.
  • “Ezekiel” in A Time for Sorrow: Recovering the Practice of Lament in the Life of the Church. Edited by Scott Harrower and Sean M. McDonough. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2019.
  • “Ezekiel” in the NIV Biblical Theology Study Bible. Edited by D. A. Carson. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015.
  • Ruth” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary. Edited by Gary Burge and Andrew Hill. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2012.
  • “Foregrounding of the Designation, The Wife of Uriah the Hittite in II Samuel xi-xii.” Vetus Testamentum 54 (2004): 403-406.
  • “The Book of Ezekiel and Mesopotamian City Laments.” Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Bd. 246. Fribourg: Academic Press; Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.
  • “High Places.” Pages 413-418 in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Edited by H.G.M. Williamson and Bill T. Arnold. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2004.

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