C. John Collins

C. John "Jack" Collins is a North American academic and professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary,[1] where he has served since 1993.[2]

C. John "Jack" Collins
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Collins at the 2013 meeting of the North-East ETS
OccupationProfessor at Covenant Theological Seminary, Author
Spouse(s)Diane (nee Postetter)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Liverpool
ThesisHomonymous Verbs in Biblical Hebrew: an investigation of the role of comparative philology (1988)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineOld Testament studies
InstitutionsCovenant Theological Seminary
Notable worksOld Testament Chairman for the ESV Study Bible

He received a BS and MS (computer science and systems engineering) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.Div. from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Hebrew linguistics from the School of Archaeology and Oriental Studies, University of Liverpool.[3]

Collins was Old Testament Chairman for the ESV Study Bible, served as ESV Text Editor for The English-Greek Reverse Interlinear New Testament (Crossway, 2006), and is Old Testament Editor of the English Standard Version Study Bible.[4]

He has published numerous articles in technical journals, as well as The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. In 2000 his book on the theological and exegetical aspects of divine action, entitled The God of Miracles, was published by Crossway. It was also carried by InterVarsity Press in the UK the following year. His next book, Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? was also published by Crossway in 2003, followed by Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Theological, and Literary Commentary, published by P&R (2006).[5]

Collins' recent book Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care (Crossway, 2011), in which he highlights the importance to Christian theology of believing that the Fall of man was a historical event, and explores whether such a belief can be compatible with a Darwinian view of human origins. Collins has been a prominent voice in recent discussion among evangelicals on this topic.[6][7][8][9]



  • ——— (1988). Homonymous Verbs in Biblical Hebrew: an investigation of the role of comparative philology (Ph.D.). Liverpool, UK: University of Liverpool. OCLC 51673195.


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  1. ^ "C. John Collins". Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Covenant Theological Seminary: C. John Collins: Ministry". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Covenant Theological Seminary: C. John Collins: Highlights". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  4. ^ Crossway Books. "The ESV Study Bible". Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Covenant Theological Seminary: C. John Collins: Scholarship". Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  6. ^ Richard N. Ostling (3 June 2011). "The Search for the Historical Adam". Christianity Today. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  7. ^ Luiza Oleszczuk (12 April 2012). "Were Adam and Eve 'Cavemen?' Christian Apologetics Debate Continues". The Christian Post. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  8. ^ Peter M. Dietsch (30 October 2011). "Metro New York Presbytery (PCA) hosts symposium on 'Conversations Surrounding the Historicity of Adam'". The Aquila Report. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  9. ^ "The Case for Adam and Eve: Our Conversation with C. John Collins". byFaith Magazine. April 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.