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Andrew Abernethy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament; Degree Coordinator - M.A. in Biblical Exegesis

On Faculty since 2014
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After a season of rebellion in his late teens, Dr. Abernethy experienced God’s mercy in Christ in a radical way and transferred to a liberal arts Christian college. A major surprise arose at his new college; though he thought the Bible was boring before, he now loved reading it, even the Old Testament. He was not naïve, however, about the challenges of understanding these ancient Scriptures. By the end of his college years, Dr. Abernethy sensed God directing him to devote his life to studying and teaching God’s word. He went on to seminary, and after a few years in pastoral ministry, undertook further study in the Old Testament.

Prior to joining the faculty at Wheaton, Dr. Abernethy was a Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College (Melbourne), where he benefited greatly from teaching and living with fellow Christians in a cross-cultural and post-Christian context. At Wheaton, he is excited to see students enjoy getting to know God more through the Old Testament and grow as faithful interpreters of Scripture. Dr. Abernethy's primary research area is the book of Isaiah, though Psalms, the Latter Prophets, biblical theology, and the topic of eating attract his attention too. His most recent book, The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom, intertwines exegesis and biblical theology to offer an entry into the book of Isaiah’s message through the concept of kingdom for the benefit of pastors, students, and theologically trained parishioners.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., Old Testament, 2012

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.Div. (Summa Cum Laude), 2006

Bethel College (IN)
B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Liberal Studies, 2002

  • Book of Isaiah 
  • Old Testament 
  • Biblical Theology
  • Society of Biblical Literature: member
  • Institute for Biblical Research: member
  • Evangelical Theological Society: member

Discovering Isaiah: Context, Interpretation, Reception. Discovering Biblical Texts Series.
under contract for 2020. Grand Rapids/London: Eerdmans/SPCK

The Messiah in the Old Testament.
under contract for 2019, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic

The Book of Isaiah and God's Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach.
New Studies in Biblical Theology 40. 2016. Nottingham/Downers Grove: IVP

Eating in Isaiah: Approaching Food and Drink in Isaiah's Structure and Message.
Biblical Interpretation Series 131. 2014. Leiden: Brill

Isaiah and Imperial context: The Book of Isaiah in Times of Empire.
Edited by Andrew T. Abernethy, Mark G. Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Time Meadowcroft. 2013. Eugene, OR: Pickwick

*** Additional Presentations and Appearances
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  • Old Testament Literature
  • Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation
  • Hebrew Grammar

"'Mountains Moved into the Sea': The Western Reception of Psalm 46:1 and 3 [45:1 and 3 LXX] from the Septuagint to Luther." Journal of Theological Studies
Andrew Abernethy, accepted; forthcoming in 2019

"Wisdom and Isaiah." Oxford Handbook on Isaiah.
Edited by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
submission accepted; publication forthcoming

"Feasts and Taboo Eating in Isaiah: Anthropology as a Stimulant for the Exegete's Imagination." Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Andrew Abernethy, accepted and forthcoming

God as Teacher in Psalms 25. Vetus Testamentum
Andrew Abernethy, 2015

The People of God in Isaiah: Trembling at God’s Word. Reflections
Andrew Abernethy, 2015

‘Right Paths’ and/or ‘Paths of Righteousness’? Examining Psalm 23.3b within the Psalter. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
Andrew Abernethy, 2015

Theological Patterning in Jeremiah: A Vital Word through an Ancient Book. Bulletin for Biblical Research
Andrew Abernethy, 2014

Jonathan Edwards as Multi-Dimensional Bible Interpreter: A Case Study from Isaiah 40-55. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Andrew Abernethy, 2013

Eating, Assyrian Imperialism, and God’s Kingdom in Isaiah. Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire
Andrew Abernethy, 2013

"Spirit and Future: A Canonical Approach." Presence, Power and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament, Pages 321-45
Edited by David G. firth and Paul D. Wegner, 2011