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The ESV Study Bible was created by a team of 93 outstanding evangelical Bible scholars and teachers. They were chosen, first, because of their deep commitment to the truth, authority, and sufficiency of God’s Word; and, second, because of their expertise in teaching and understanding the Bible. The team of contributors comes from 9 countries, representing nearly 20 denominations and more than 50 seminaries, colleges, and universities.

Editorial Oversight | Study Notes | Articles | Other Contributors and Consultants

Editorial Oversight Team

The following people comprise the Editorial Oversight Committee, which developed the concept, selected the 93 contributors, and provided general oversight and final approval of the content and design of the ESV Study Bible.

Executive Editor
Lane T. Dennis
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Chair of the ESV Translation Oversight Committee, President, Crossway Books and Bibles
General Editor
Wayne Grudem
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
Theological Editor
J. I. Packer
D. Phil., University of Oxford
Professor of Theology, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Old Testament Editor
C. John Collins
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of the Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary
New Testament Editor
Thomas R. Schreiner
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Project Director, Managing Editor
Justin Taylor
B.A., University of Northern Iowa
Associate Publisher, Crossway Books and Bibles

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Study Note Contributors

The following people were responsible for writing the ESV Study Bible notes for the book or books of the Bible indicated after their names. In many cases more than one person contributed to the writing of the notes for specific books, and the notes for each of the books involved many levels of review and editing. The final notes as they appear in the ESV Study Bible, therefore, are the result of a collaborative effort of many people, and in some cases may include content or views that are somewhat different from what was received originally from the contributors. The Publisher and the Editorial Oversight Committee wish to express their enormous appreciation to all of the Study Note Contributors for their tremendous contribution to the creation of the ESV Study Bible.

T. Desmond Alexander – Genesis
Ph.D., The Queen’s University of Belfast
Director for Christian Training, Union Theological College (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Clinton Arnold – Colossians, Philemon
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature; Chair of the New Testament Department, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Brian Aucker – Joel, Micah, Haggai
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
David Baker – Zephaniah
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary
Paul Barker – Deuteronomy
Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire
Vicar, Holy Trinity Doncaster; Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament, Ridley College, Melbourne
S. M. Baugh – Ephesians
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Professor of New Testament, Westminster Seminary California
Hans Bayer – Mark
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies, Covenant Theological Seminary
Ronald Bergey – Ruth
Ph.D., Dropsie University
Professeur d’Hébreu et d’Ancient Testament, Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée (France)
David Chapman – Hebrews
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary
C. John Collins – Psalms, Song of Solomon
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary
John Currid – Leviticus
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC)
Iain Duguid – Daniel, Zechariah
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Professor of Religion, Grove City College
Mark Futato – Jonah
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America
Professor of Old Testament; Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL)
Simon Gathercole – Galatians
Ph.D., University of Durham
Lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge
Duane A. Garrett – Proverbs
Ph.D., Baylor University
John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem – Luke
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
Scott Hafemann – 2 Corinthians
D.Theol., Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen
Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Kenneth Laing Harris – Exodus, Proverbs
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Visiting Instructor in Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Paul House – Jeremiah, Lamentations
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Professor of Divinity; Associate Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
David M. Howard Jr. – Judges
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Old Testament; Dean, Center for Biblical and Theological Foundations, Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
Gordon Hugenberger – Malachi
Ph.D., C.N.A.A., College of Sts. Paul & Mary, The Oxford Centre for Post-Graduate Hebrew Study
Senior Minister, Park Street Church (Boston, MA); Ranked Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dennis Johnson – Revelation
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of Practical Theology; Academic Dean, Westminster Seminary California
Brian Kelly – 1 and 2 Chronicles
Ph.D., University of Bristol
Nobuyoshi Kiuchi – Leviticus
Ph.D., The Council for National Academic Awards
Professor of Old Testament, Tokyo Christian University
August Konkel – Job
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
President; Professor of Old Testament, Providence College & Seminary (Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada)
Andreas J. Köstenberger – John
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Professor of New Testament and Greek; Director of Ph.D. and Th.M. Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
V. Philips Long – Joshua
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Professor of Old Testament, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Dennis Magary – Micah
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison
Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages; Chair of the Old Testament and Semitic Languages Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Walter Maier III – Nahum
Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne, IN)
J. Gordon McConville – Ezra, Nehemiah
Ph.D., University of Sheffield
Professor in Old Testament, University of Gloucestershire
Sean McDonough – Philippians
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
Associate Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Colin Nicholl – 1 and 2 Thessalonians
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. – Isaiah
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Senior Pastor, Immanuel Church (Nashville, TN)
Grant Osborne – James
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Doug Oss – 2 Peter, Jude
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
Professor of Bible Exposition; Director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
John Oswalt – Amos
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Research Professor of Old Testament, Wesley Biblical Seminary
John Polhill – Acts
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Senior Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Iain Provan – 1 and 2 Kings
Ph.D., Cambridge University
Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Paul Raabe – Obadiah
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Exegetical Theology; Chairman of the Department of Exegetical Theology, Concordia Theological Seminary (Saint Louis, MO)
David J. Reimer – Ezekiel
D.Phil., University of Oxford
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College
Max F. Rogland – Ecclesiastes
Ph.D., Leiden University
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Erskine Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC)
Thomas R. Schreiner – Luke, Romans, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jay Sklar – Leviticus
Ph.D., The University of Gloucestershire
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Andrew Stewart – Song of Solomon
M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary
Frank Thielman – 1 Corinthians
Ph.D., Duke University
Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
David Toshio Tsumura – 1 and 2 Samuel
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Professor of Old Testament, Japan Bible Seminary (Tokyo, Japan)
Ray Van Neste – 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of Christian Studies; Director, R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University
Robert I. Vasholz – Hosea
Th.D., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Barry G. Webb – Esther
Ph.D., University of Sheffield
Research Fellow in Old Testament, Moore Theological College (Sydney, Australia)
Paul D. Wegner – Daniel, Habakkuk
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary
Gordon Wenham – Numbers
Ph.D., King’s College, London Univeristy
Adjunct Professor, Trinity Theological College (Bristol)
Michael Wilkins – Matthew
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
Robert Yarbrough – 1, 2, and 3 John
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Associate Professor of New Testament; Chair of the New Testament Department, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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Article Contributors

The following is the list of the articles included in the ESV Study Bible. The title of the article is listed first, followed by the author.

Introduction / How to Use a Study Bible
Lane T. Dennis
Ph.D., Northwestern University
President, Crossway Books and Bibles
The Authority and Truthfulness of the Bible
Wayne Grudem
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
How to Interpret the Bible
Daniel Doriani
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
Senior Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church (St. Louis, MO)
Overview of the Bible (Survey of the History of Salvation)
Vern Poythress
D.Theol., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary
Reading the Bible Theologically
J. I. Packer
D.Phil., Oxford University
Professor of Theology, Regent College (Vancouver, Canada)
Reading the Bible as Literature
Leland Ryken
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Professor of English, Wheaton College
Reading the Bible for Application
David Powlison
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Counselor, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation; Adjunct Professor, Westminster Theological Seminary
Reading the Bible, Prayer, and Communion with God
John Piper
D. Theol., University of Munich
Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN)
Reading the Bible with the Church
John Hannah
Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
Research Professor of Theological Studies; Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
The Bible’s Use in Preaching and Public Worship
Kent Hughes
D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church (Wheaton, IL)
God’s Plan for Salvation
Mark Dever
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC)
The Theology of the Old Testament
C. John Collins
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of the Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary
Introduction to the Pentateuch
Gordon Wenham
Ph.D., King’s College, London University
Adjunct Professor, Trinity College (Bristol)
Introduction to the Historical Books
David M. Howard Jr.
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor of Old Testament; Dean, Center for Biblical and Theological Foundations, Bethel Seminary (St. Paul, MN)
Introduction to the Poetic and Wisdom Literature
David Reimer
D.Phil., University of Oxford
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College
Introduction to the Prophetic Books
Paul House
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Associate Dean and Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
The Time Between the Testaments
J. Julius Scott Jr.
Ph.D., University of Manchester
Jewish Groups at the Time of the New Testament
John DelHousaye
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Phoenix Seminary
The Roman Empire and the Greco-Roman World at the Time of the New Testament
David W. Chapman
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary
The Theology of the New Testament
Tom Schreiner
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Reading the Gospels and Acts
Darrell Bock
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Research Professor of New Testament Studies; Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture, Dallas Theological Seminary
Reading the Epistles
Thomas R. Schreiner
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Canon of the Old Testament
Roger Beckwith
D.D. (Lambeth), Oxford University
The Canon of the New Testament
Charles E. Hill
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando, FL)
The Septuagint
Peter Gentry
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Apocrypha
Roger Beckwith
D.D. (Lambeth), Oxford University
The Reliability of the Old Testament Manuscripts
Paul D. Wegner
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary
The Reliability of the New Testament Manuscripts
Daniel B. Wallace
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary; Director, The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
The Old Testament and Critical Scholarship
Walter C. Kaiser
Ph.D., Brandeis University
Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament; President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
The New Testament and Critical Scholarship
Darrell Bock
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Research Professor of New Testament Studies; Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture, Dallas Theological Seminary
Archaeology, Ancient History, and the Reliability of the Old Testament
John Currid
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC)
Archaeology, Ancient History, and the Reliability of the New Testament
David W. Chapman
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary
The Original Languages of the Bible: Hebrew and Aramaic
Peter J. Williams
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Warden, Tyndale House (Cambridge)
The Original Languages of the Bible: Greek
David Alan Black
D.Theol., University of Basel, Switzerland
Professor of New Testament and Greek, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
How the New Testament Quotes and Interprets the Old Testament
C. John Collins
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Professor and Chair of the Old Testament Department, Covenant Theological Seminary
Overview of Biblical Ethics (12 Articles)
C. Ben Mitchell
Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Associate Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity International University
Craig Mitchell
Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Ethics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Wayne Grudem
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary
Overview of Theology (13 Articles)
Erik Thoennes
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, Talbot Theological Seminary, Biola University
The Bible and Contemporary Judaism
Marvin R. Wilson
Ph.D., Brandeis University
The Bible and Islam
Timothy Tennent
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies; Director of Missions Programs, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Gordon College
The Bible and Other Religions
Harold Netland
D.Phil., Claremont Graduate School
Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies; Naomi A. Fausch Chair of Missions, Trinity International University
The Bible and Religious Cults
Ron Rhodes
Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
President, Reasoning from the Scriptures Ministries
The Bible in Christendom: Roman Catholicism
Gregg R. Allison
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Bible in Christendom: Eastern Orthodoxy
Robert Letham
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
Lecturer, Evangelical Theological College of Wales
The Bible in Christendom: Liberal Protestantism
Bruce Ware
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
The Bible in Christendom: Evangelical Protestantism
Bruce Ware
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Other Contributors and Consultants

The ESV Study Bible benefited greatly from the contributions made by a wide range of other contributors and consultants. The following list first indicates the specific kind of contribution, followed by a list of those who contributed or consulted in this area.

Literary Features Editor
Leland Ryken
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Professor of English, Wheaton College
Old Testament Charts and Timelines Consultants
Brian Aucker
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh
Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Gregory Perry
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, VA)
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Covenant Theological Seminary
Paul Wegner
Ph.D., University of London
Professor of Old Testament, Phoenix Seminary
Kenneth Laing Harris
Ph.D., University of Liverpool
Visiting Instructor in Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
New Testament Charts and Timelines Consultants
James M. Hamilton Jr.
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
John Delhousaye
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Phoenix Seminary
Cartographer
David Barrett
biblemapper.com
Geography Editor
Barry Beitzel
Ph.D., University of Dropsie
Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Old Testament Archaeology Editor
John Currid
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC)
New Testament Archaeology Editor
David W. Chapman
Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Archaeology, Covenant Theological Seminary
Illustrator
Maltings Partnership
Derby, England
Archaeological and Architectural Reconstruction Editor
Leen Ritmeyer
Ph.D., University of Manchester
Ritmeyer Archaeological Design
Archaeological Consultant
James K. Hoffmeier
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
History of Salvation Notes
Vern Poythress
D.Theol., University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Westminster Theological Seminary

 

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