David T. Lamb, DPhil

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Dr. Lamb has extensive teaching experience, including cross-cultural projects in Nigeria, Mexico, Kazakhstan, and Russia. In July 2016, his co-authored textbook came out: The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature (Fortress). He addressed the topic of confusing sexual behavior in the Bible in Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style (Zondervan, 2015). In God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? (InterVarsity Press, 2011), he examined problematic passages where God seems to behave badly. His first book was his dissertation: Righteous Jehu and His Evil Heirs (Oxford University Press, 2007). He is currently working on a commentary on 1, 2 Kings (Zondervan). Dr. Lamb worked with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship from 1986-1999, serving as campus staff, team leader, and area director.

Old Testament in modern church


BA, Economics, Stanford University

MSc, Industrial Engineering, Stanford University

MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary

MPhil, Theology (Old Testament), University of Oxford

DPhil, Theology (Old Testament), University of Oxford

Areas of Expertise

The Israelite Monarchy

The Books of Samuel, Kings, and Genesis

Problematic Portrayals of God in the Old Testament

On the Web

Sermon at Christ Community Church – Why is the Bible So Violent

Visit David’s Blog at www.davidtlamb.com

Follow David on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DavidTLamb

Selected Publications

Interview in 목회와신학 (Ministry & Theology), December 2017.

Co-author with Mark Leuchter, The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature (Fortress, 2016).

Contributed 12 articles for the Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

Post from David

Confessing Sexual Sin: Psalm 51

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

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