Samuel E. Balentine

Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Old Testament

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Phone: 804.278.4287

Location: Richmond

Department: Bible


Oxford University, D. Phil.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div.

Furman University, B.A.

Samuel E. Balentine is Professor of Old Testament and Director of Graduate Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. He has authored numerous books, including a commentary on Leviticus in the Interpretation Bible Commentary series (John Knox Press), The Torah’s Vision of Worship (Fortress Press), a commentary on the Book of Job in the Smyth and Helwys Commentary series, and most recently, Have You Considered My Servant Job? Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patience (University of South Carolina Press, 2015). He was a member of the editorial board for The New Interpreter’s Bible and currently serves as the general editor of the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary series; series editor of Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church; and editor-in-chief of the Oxford Handbook on Ritual and Theology (forthcoming). He is presently writing an Introduction to Wisdom Literature, which will be published by Abingdon Press.      

Books, Publications & Workshops

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology: Two-Volume Set (Oxford Encyclopedias of the Bible) (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Have You Considered My Servant Job?: Understanding the Biblical Archetype of Patience (Studies on Personalities of the Old Testament),  (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2015)

Job (Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary) (Book & CD-ROM), (Macon: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2006)

The Torah's Vision of Worship (Overtures to Biblical Theology), (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1999)

Prayer in the Hebrew Bible, The Drama of Divine-Human Dialogue (Overtures to Biblical Theology),  (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1993)

Faculty Speaking Engagements and Events