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Dr. Donna Petter

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

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.


  • 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)


  • “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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