David A. Dorsey, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament
Curator, Pense Biblical Archaeological Collection
Chairperson, Division of Biblical Studies
B.A. Northeastern Bible College
M.A. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D. Dropsie University
Graduate and Doctoral Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and
The American Institute of Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem
"I love the Old Testament, and I love the God who is revealed in its pages. I have found Him to be the embodiment of all my ideals, the very incarnation of love and integrity, and utterly worthy of my loyalty, obedience, and trust."
David was born in Charleston, W.Va., a descendant of the infamous Hatfields. His mother came from a family of moonshiners and his father was a coal miner. David became a Christian at a Methodist church camp in 1967. That same year his family moved to Little Falls, N.J., where David became involved in Child Evangelism, Word of Life Ministries, "Talk with Teens" (a weekly Christian radio program), and various evangelistic outreaches.
David met his wife Janet at Northeastern Bible College. During the year of their engagement he pursued graduate studies at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, while Janet completed her master's degree in Albany, N.Y. In 1973, after a year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, they returned to Jerusalem, and David began a Ph.D. program at Hebrew University. From 1973 to 1975 David studied modern and Biblical Hebrew, archaeology, Arabic, and ancient history, traveled extensively throughout Israel by motorcycle, and participated in archaeological excavations. In 1975 he transferred to Dropsie University in Philadelphia to complete his Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern History.
David has taught at Evangelical since 1979. He serves as the curator of the seminary's Pense Archaeological Museum. Every other year he conducts study tours to Israel, helping students from Evangelical experience the Holy Land first hand. He speaks regularly at churches, retreats, camps, and seminars. He is the author of two books, The Roads and Highways of Ancient Israel (Johns Hopkins), and The Literary Structure of the Old Testament (Baker); and he has written dozens of articles for various scholarly and popular journals, Bible encyclopedias, Bible dictionaries, and archaeological encyclopedias. He served on the translation team that produced the New Living Translation.
David and Janet have three children, Jonathan (born in Jerusalem), Benjamin, and Sarah. Jonathan and his wife Melissa have one daughter, Kierra; Benjamin and his wife Marie also have a daughter, Alissa. Sarah is following her dad's footsteps in Old Testament studies. She graduated from Evangelical with an MAR in Old Testament, studied in Jerusalem for a year of post-graduate studies, and is currently applying to Ph.D. programs in Old Testament.
David enjoys reading, especially books on Roman history and the Civil War. He also enjoys traveling. He and Janet have traveled to Israel, Jordan, Greece, Rome, and England, and they hope to visit Egypt, Cyprus, and Turkey in the near future.