John N. Oswalt is an American scholar and distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He teaches in theology, Old Testament and ancient semitic languages including Hebrew. He is the author of 11 scholarly books; foremost is the 2-volume commentary on the Book of Isaiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series. Exodus: The Way Out (2013) is a recent work. Oswalt adheres to single, unitary authorship of the Book of Isaiah. Numerous scholarly journals, biblical encyclopedias and academic religious periodicals have included articles by him.

John N. Oswalt
John Newell Oswalt

(1940-06-21) June 21, 1940 (age 79)
OccupationPresident of Wesley Biblcal Seminary Wesley Biblcal Seminary
Spouse(s)Karen (nee Kennedy)
ChildrenElizabeth, Andrew, Peter
Academic background
EducationTaylor University, Asbury Theological Seminary
Alma materBrandeis University (Ph.D.)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineOld Testament studies
InstitutionsBarrington College
Wesley Biblical Seminary
Asbury College
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Main interestsOld Testament studies
Hebrew language
Hebrew religion
Notable worksThe Book of Isaiah (NICOT)


He earnt his B.A. at Taylor University. Since he has been awarded a further B.D. and Th.M. from Asbury Theological Seminary and then his M.A. and Ph.D. at Brandeis University.

History and CareerEdit

Oswalt is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.

Selected worksEdit

Oswalt's books and articles include:[1]


  • Oswalt, John N. (1987). The Leisure Crisis. Critical Issues Series. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books. ISBN 978-0-896-93241-8. OCLC 16758431.
  • ——— (1996). The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 1-39. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-82368-7. OCLC 13455281.
  • ——— (1998). The Book of Isaiah: Chapters 40-66. NICOT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-82534-6.
  • ——— (1999). Called to be Holy: A Biblical Perspective. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Publishing House. ISBN 978-0-916-03592-1. OCLC 42896075.
  • ——— (1999). Where are you God?: Malachi's Perspectives on Injustice and Suffering. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Publishing House. ISBN 978-0-882-07353-8. OCLC 8617973.
  • ——— (2003). Isaiah: from biblical text - to contemporary life. NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-20613-2. OCLC 51752410.
  • ——— (2008). On Being a Christian: thoughts from John the Apostle. Wilmore, KY: Francis Asbury Press. ISBN 978-0-915-14312-2. OCLC 423081670.
  • ——— (2009). The Bible Among the Myths: unique revelation or just ancient literature?. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-28509-0. OCLC 567246117.
  • ———; Kinlaw, Dennis F. (2011). Lectures in Old Testament Theology. Anderson, IN: Francis Asbury Press. ISBN 978-1-593-17542-9.
  • ——— (2013). Exodus: The Way Out. Blaize Studies Series. Anderson, IN: Francis Asbury Press. ISBN 9781593176525. OCLC 904963726.
  • ——— (2014). The Holy One of Israel: Studies in the Book of Isaiah. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. ISBN 978-1-597-52659-3.


  • ——— (January 1973). "The Golden Calves and the Egyptian Concept of Deity". The Evangelical Quarterly. 45 (1): 13–20.
  • ——— (1977). "The Myth of the Dragon and Old Testament Faith". The Evangelical Quarterly. 49 (3): 163–172.


  1. ^ "John N. Oswalt bibliography". Retrieved 2015-10-23.

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