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Dr. Thomas Petter

Senior Professor of Old Testament


Dr. Petter has written on matters of ethnicity in ancient tribal societies, the doctrine of justification in Isaiah, and OT exegesis. He recently completed the Nehemiah commentary in the NIV Application Commentary series on Ezra-Nehemiah (2021; his wife Dr. Donna Petter wrote Ezra). Current projects include a monograph on the Biblical Theology of the Promise of Zion.

When Drs. Petter served in YWAM in the 80’s and early 90’s, he and Donna co-lead the School of Biblical Studies in both Kona and Honolulu in Hawaii. They also pioneered the program in French-speaking Togo, West Africa.


  • BA (University of the Nations)
  • MAR, MA (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • MA (University of Toronto)
  • PhD (University of Toronto, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations)


  • “Nehemiah” in Worship in the Old Testament. Edited by Benjamin Forrest et al. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel, 2021.
  • Ezra-Nehemiah (co-written with Donna L. Petter). The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2021.
  • “Tribes and Nomads in the Iron Age Levant,” in Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament. Baker, 2018.
  • The Land Between The Two Rivers: Early Israelite Identities in Transjordan. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014.
  • “The Meaning of Substitutionary Righteousness in Isaiah 53:11: A Summary of the Evidence.” TJ 32 (2001): 165-189.
  • “Arad.” Pages 39-41 in Dictionary of Old Testament: Historical Books. Edited by H.G.M. Williamson and Bill T. Arnold. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2005.

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