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 …
- Intro to Old Testament – KNB1006
- Hebrew Reading & Exegesis – KNB2127
- Bible in Context: Social Justice (Amos) – KNB3232/6232
- Ancient Israel: History, Culture and Context – KNB3361
My Publications …
- “Amos 4:1 and the Cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria: A Reappraisal.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly, forthcoming.
- “Not Just Any King: Abimelek, the Northern Monarchy, and the Final Form of Judges.” Journal of Biblical Literature, forthcoming.
- “Social Justice.” In Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Eds. Mark Boda & J. Gordon McConville. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, forthcoming.
- “Habershon, Ada Ruth.” In The Biographical History of Women Biblical Interpreters. Ed. Marion Taylor. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, forthcoming.
- “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.