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Dr. Ethan C. Jones

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Don and Helen Bryant Chair of Old Testament


  • Visiting Scholar (Hebrew Studies) University of Cambridge
  • PhD (Old Testament) Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BA (Christian Studies and Philosophy) Mississippi College
  • Goethe Institute, Gottingen, Germany

Teaching Specializations

  • Hebrew Poetry
  • Hebrew Grammar
  • Hebrew Lexicography


(504) 282-4455, ext. 8451 | ejones@nobts.edu
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Ethan teaches and supervises students in the areas of ancient Hebrew and biblical exegesis. He delights in helping students grasp the richness and significance of the Old Testament.

Ethan has written widely on the intersection of linguistics, philology, and biblical interpretation. His first book appeared in the Arbeiten zu Text und Sprache im Alten Testament series (2017). He later edited a collection of essays on Hebrew (Eisenbrauns, 2018). His next book deals with language and interpretation of 1 Kings 3-11 (Fortress Academic). As commenting on Scripture is a treasured and fundamental task of a biblical scholar, he is gladly preparing several commentaries. The first, written in German, will be on 1 Kings (SCM). The second, Jonah, will appear in the Text of the Hebrew Bible series (Sheffield Phoenix Press). The third, Proverbs, is in the Kregel Exegetical Library series (Kregel Academic).

Amidst these works he is writing on his most beloved topic, Psalms. He is authoring a monograph tentatively titled Psalms as Poetry. In addition, he is writing a book on how the poetry of Psalms shapes the life of reader (Baker Academic). He is also editing a volume on reading Hebrew poetry (Brill).

His peer-reviewed articles and essays are found in international journals such as Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (2017; 2020); Biblische Notizen (2018); Journal of Semitic Studies (2019); The Bible Translator (2020); Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (2021); Vetus Testamentum (2021); Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (2021; 2024); Scottish Journal of Theology (2022); Revue Biblique (2024; 2024); Irish Theological Quarterly (2023); and monograph series, Cambridge Semitic Languages and Cultures (Cambridge, 2021); Linguistic Studies in Ancient West Semitic (Eisenbrauns, in press).

Ethan serves on the steering committee for the Linguistics and Biblical Hebrew section of the Society of Biblical Literature. He enjoys presenting his research at the Society of Biblical Literature, Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and Tyndale Fellowship (Cambridge).

In addition, Ethan appreciates reading and writing poetry. His poems and reflections can be found in journals such as Theology and Ekstasis.