Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



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TEDS Faculty Since 1997

Willem A. VanGemeren, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament and Semitic Languages


Diploma, Moody Bible Institute
BA, University of Illinois
BD, Westminster Theological Seminary
Visiting Graduate Student, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin


Dr. VanGemeren was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the US for further education to serve the Lord. His studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem confirmed his interest to specialize in the Hebrew Old Testament. Dr. VanGemeren taught at Geneva College and Reformed Theological Seminary for eighteen years before coming to Trinity. His areas of expertise include Old Testament theology, poetical and prophetical books, and the books of Psalms, Proverbs, and Isaiah. He has served as director of the PhD (Theological Studies) in the past.

He and his wife Evona have three married daughters and seven grandchildren, and find it to be a joy to be living close to two of their grandchildren and to watch their development.

Selected Publications

Dr. VanGemeren’s publications include contributions to such works as The Bible Almanac, Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament, Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, Baker’s Encyclopedia of the Bible, Continuity and Discontinuity, and Layman’s Bible Handbook. He is the author of The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation from Creation to the New Jerusalem, Interpreting the Prophetic Word, and a commentary on the book of Psalms for the Expositor’s Bible Commentary. In 1997 Dr. VanGemeren was honored by Zondervan Publishing House for his service as senior editor of the five-volume work The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (NIDOTTE). He also coedited Studies in Old Testament Biblical Theology.


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