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Dr. Jim Parker

Professor of Biblical Interpretation

Executive Director of the Michael and Sara Moskau Institute of Archaeology

Associate Vice President of Facilities

McFarland Chair of Old Testament and Archaeology


  • Doctor of Philosophy - Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary 1997
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Archaeology - New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 2015
  • Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 1992
  • Bachelor of Science - University of the State of New York, Albany 1987

Teaching Specializations

  • Hebrew and Old Testament Studies
  • Greek and New Testament Studies
  • Church History


(504) 816-8592 | jparker@nobts.edu
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Prior to his call to the ministry, Jim Parker worked in various engineering and project management roles for the United States Steel Corporation's American Bridge Division, and other companies.

As a faculty member, Parker is the executive director of the seminary's Moskau Institute of Archaeology and co-directs the NOBTS Museum of the Bible and Archaeology. He has been a co-director of the Tel Gezer Ancient Water System Archaeological Expedition since 2008, where he partnered with Tsvika Tsuk of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. He now co-directs the Tel Hadid Archaeological Expedition in Israel, and has worked on excavations at Sepphoris, in Galilee, and at Tel es Safi (biblical Gath). Through his work at NOBTS, Parker leads tours to Israel so that students, ministers, and lay people alike can experience the Holy Land.

While involved in various archaeological projects, Dr. Parker's passion is for the Church and the mission of the Church to reach the world with the Gospel.

Jim and his wife Donna have one grown daughter and one grandchild.