Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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TEDS Faculty Since 1999

James K. Hoffmeier, PhD

Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern History and Archaeology


BA, Wheaton College
MA, PhD, University of Toronto


Dr. Hoffmeier, who was born in Egypt and lived there until age sixteen, returns often for research, excavation, and teaching ministry. From 1975 to 1977 he worked with the Akhenaten Temple Project in Luxor. He served as Professor of Archaeology and Old Testament at Wheaton College and was chair of Wheaton’s Department of Biblical, Theological, Religious and Archaeological Studies. From 1996 to 1999 he was also director of the Wheaton Archaeology Program.  He directed excavations at Tell el-Borg, Sinai, from 1998-2008, and has appeared in and served as a consultant for television programs on the Discovery, History, Learning, and National Geographic Channels. Dr. Hoffmeier teaches and lectures regularly across the USA and internationally.

Selected Publications

He has published in such venues as the Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt, Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, Revue d’Egyptologie, Ägypten und Levante, Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt,  Anchor Bible Dictionary, and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis. He was an archaeological editor for the English Standard Version Study Bible and authored “Sacred” in the Vocabulary of Ancient Egypt (1985), Israel in Egypt: Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (Oxford University Press, 1997), Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authticity of the Wilderness Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2005), The Archaeology of the Bible (Oxford: Lion, 2008), and The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens and the Bible (Crossway 2009). He edited and contributed to a number of books including Abortion: A Christian Understanding and Response (Baker 1988), Faith, Tradition and History: Old Testament Historiography in Its Near Eastern Context (Eisenbrauns 1992), The Future of Biblical Archaeology (Eerdmans 2004), and Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? (Crossway 2012).


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