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Dr. Thomas Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament


Born and raised in French-speaking Switzerland, Dr. Petter first came to the U.S. in 1986. Prior to teaching at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Petter was an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. Over the past 30 years, he has kept his ties with his alma mater University of the Nations (Youth With A Mission), and has taught in the School of Biblical Studies at several of the university’s locations in Hawaii and Montana; Germany; France; and Togo, West Africa.

Dr. Petter’s scholarly interests include ethnicity in ancient Israel, early Israel in Transjordan, the doctrine of justification, Biblical Hebrew syntax and Hebrew exegesis. In addition, he directs the Study Seminar Israel-Jordan, an in-depth immersion to “3-D Exegesis” by examining the history, archaeology and landscape of the lands of the Bible in situ. His most recent academic blog posts include Bible and Interpretation and The Ancient Near East Today.

An ordained Congregational minister, Dr. Petter serves as Senior Pastor of Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, MA.  He regularly posts on the blog TCCNews.


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


  • Ezra-Nehemiah (New International Application Commentary, Zondervan, Forthcoming), with Dr. Donna L. Petter
  • The Land Between The Two Rivers: Early Israelite Identities in Transjordan (Eisenbrauns, 2014)
  • “The Meaning of Substitutionary Righteousness in Isaiah 53:11: A Summary of the Evidence” (Trinity Journal, 2011

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