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TEDS Faculty Since 1976

Barry J. Beitzel, PhD

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Education

BA, MA, Bob Jones University
PhD, The Dropsie University
Post-PhD, L’Universite de Liege

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After a number of years in administration, serving variously as Executive Vice President, University Provost, and Associate Academic Dean, Dr. Beitzel has returned to the classroom on a full-time basis. Prior to coming to Trinity, he served on the Old Testament faculty at Faith Theological Seminary, and he has been a Christian Education Director of two churches in southern California. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed Moody Atlas of Bible Lands (Moody, 1985) and the award-winning New Moody Atlas of the Bible (Moody/Lion-Hudson, 2009; now appearing in four foreign language editions)

His monographic publications also include Biblica: The Bible Atlas (Global Publishers, 2006; now translated in 14 foreign language editions) and The SPCK Bible Atlas (SPCK, 2013). He has published essays in numerous volumes, including Major Cities of the Biblical World (Thomas Nelson, 1985); Mari:  The First Fifty Years (Eisenbrauns, 1992); Anchor Bible Dictionary (Doubleday, 1992); Crossing Boundaries and Linking Horizons (CDL, 1997); The Archaeology of the Levant: A Reader (Eisenbrauns, 2003); and The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (Zondervan, 2009). Maps created or prepared by Beitzel appear in the Ryrie Study Bible, the NIV Study Bible, the NLT Study Bible, the ESV Study Bible, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, and the Thomas Nelson Bible. Moreover, he has served as cartographic consultant for numerous projects, including the Holman Bible Atlas (Broadman and Holman, 1998), the Logos Electronic Atlas of the Bible (Logos, 2007), The Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas (National Geographic Society, 2007), the ESV Bible Atlas (Crossway, 2010), and National Geographic (1996, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012). His serial publications appear in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Near Eastern Archaeology, Iraq: the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, Archaeology in the Biblical World, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, among others. Many of his digital images of the Middle East are licensed in the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands (BiblePlaces.com). Dr. Beitzel is a former member of the Joint American Expedition to Ashara, Syria.

Dr. Beitzel and his wife, Carol, reside in Gurnee, Illinois. They have three children. In his spare time, Dr. Beitzel enjoys tennis.

Selected Publications

  • The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands (Moody, 1985)
  • 1 and 2 Samuel, translated for the New King James Bible
  • Joshua and Judges, edited for the New King James Bible
  • Biblica the Bible Atlas: A Social and Historical Journey Through the Lands of the Bible (Global Book Publishing, 2006)
  • Major Cities of Bible Times (Thomas Nelson 1985), Contributor
  • The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 1981)
  • Maps published in Ryrie Study Bible (Moody), the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan), the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, the Life Application Bible, and the New Living Translation

Published in:

National Geographic, Biblical Archeologist, Biblical Archaeology Review, Bible Review, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, among others.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Near Eastern Archaeological Society
  • Association of American Geographers

Awards

  • 2010 Christian Book Award Winner
  • Medallion of Excellence, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association
  • The New Moody Atlas of the Bible, “”Best in Category,”" 37th American Congress on Surveying and Mapping

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