Quick links
You are here: Home » Knox Faculty » Dr. Brian IrwinSee our image gallery
“ You don’t have to be at Knox long before you sense a deep commitment to the life of the Church and to the task of preparing women and men to serve it throughout their careers. Knox is one of those wonderful places where high scholarly ideals flourish alongside a commitment to nurturing a vital Christian faith. ”

Contact Me:

Phone Number : 416-978-2789
Email Address :  brian.irwin@utoronto.ca
Web site : http://homepage.mac.com/bpirwin/knox/index.html

Dr. Brian Irwin, Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures

Brian joined the Knox Faculty in 2004.

Brian enjoys assisting students achieve a better understanding of the culture and setting of the Bible, and helping them acquire the tools to exegete and apply it in a responsible and life-changing way.

His areas of teaching are Old Testament Introduction, Interpretation, Prophets, Hebrew Exegesis and Israelite Religion.

Brian is frequently invited as a guest lecturer and preacher in a variety of denominational settings. He is an active member of Glenbrook Presbyterian Church, Mississauga.


Classes I teach …

My Publications …

  • “Amos 4:1 and the Cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria: A Reappraisal” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74/2 (2012): 231–46.
  • “Not Just Any King: Abimelek, the Northern Monarchy, and the Final Form of Judges.” Journal of Biblical Literature, 131/3 (2012): 443–54.
  • “Social Justice.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Eds. Mark Boda & J. Gordon McConville. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2012.
  • “Habershon, Ada Ruth.” In The Biographical History of Women Biblical Interpreters. Ed. Marion Taylor. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2012.
  • “The Book of Daniel and the Roots of New Testament Mission.” In Christian Mission: Old Testament Foundations and New Testament Developments. McMaster New Testament Studies. Ed. Stanley Porter. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2010.
  • Randall Heskett & Brian Irwin (Eds.) The Bible As A Human Witness To Divine Revelation: Hearing The Word Of God Through Historically Dissimilar Traditions. Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies 469. London: T & T Clark, 2010.
  • “Removing Ruth: Tiqqune Sopherim in Ruth 3.3-4?” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 32 (2008): 331-338.
  • “The Laying on of Hands in 1 Tim. 5:22: A New Proposal.” Bulletin of Biblical Research 18/1 (2008): 123-129.
  • “Ruth, History of Interpretation.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings. Eds. Tremper Longman III & Peter Enns. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008.
  • “Amanuensis.” In Vol. 1 of The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Old Testament. Eds. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld et al. Nashville: Abingdon, 2006.
  • “Ekron.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Eds. Bill T. Arnold & H. G. M. Williamson. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
  • “Yahweh’s Suspension of Free Will in the Old Testament: Divine Immorality or Sign-Act?” Tyndale Bulletin 54/2 (2003): 55-62
  • Entries, “Cubit”, “Hamon-Gog”, “Libnah”, “Mount Gilboa”, “Topheth” and “Travellers, Valley of the” in The Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Ed. David Noel Freedman. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2000.
  • “Molek Imagery and the Slaughter of Gog in Ezekiel 38 and 39”. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 65 (1995): 93-112.
  • “Mahaneh-Dan”. Pp. 473-74 in Vol. 4 of The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Ed. David Noel Freedman et al. New York: Doubleday, 1992.
  • “Shebarim”. Pp. 1171-72 in Vol. 5 of The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Ed. David Noel Freedman et al. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

Knox History

For 170 years, Knox College has been a leader in theological education. Learn about our history  

Have a Question?

Read our FAQ section
Read all FAQs