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Andrew Abernethy, PhD

Associate Professor of Old Testament,
Director of 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. He has written numerous articles and is also the author of several books: Eating in Isaiah (Brill, 2014); The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom (IVP, 2016); God’s Messiah in the Old Testament (Baker, 2020); Discovering Isaiah (Eerdmans/SPCK, 2021).

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. 2020. Grand Rapids/London: Eerdmans/SPCK.

The Messiah in the Old Testament. 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 Tim Meadowcroft. 2013. Eugene, OR: Pickwick.

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

“Esther and Isaiah in Intertextual Conversation,” in Reading Esther Intertextually, eds. David Firth and Brittany Melton. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021.

“Eating in the Latter Prophets,” in T&T Clark Handbook to Food in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, eds. Janling Fu, Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, and Carol Meyers. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2021.

“The Spirit of God in Haggai 2:5: Prophecy as a Sign of God’s Spirit.” Vetus Testamentum 70 (2020): 511-20.

"Wisdom and Isaiah." Oxford Handbook on Isaiah. Edited by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, 334-51. Wisdom and Isaiah

"Feasts and Taboo Eating in Isaiah: Anthropology as a Stimulant for the Exegete's Imagination." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 80.3 (2018): 393-408.

“Seeing the King in Isaiah: Disruptive Metaphor in Isaiah 6 and 33,” in Prophets and Poetry: Performance, Voicing, and Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible, eds. Beth Stovell, Elizabeth Hayes, and Carol Dempsey. LHBOTS. New York: Bloomsbury, Submitted; Forthcoming

“Divine Warrior,” in Dictionary of the New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament, eds. Benjamin Gladd, D. A. Carson, G. K. Beale, and Andrew Naselli. Grand Rapids: Baker, submitted.

“Introduction.” Interpreting the Old Testament Theologically: Essays in Honor of Willem VanGemeren. Ed. Andrew T. Abernethy. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018, 17–21.

“Genre and Theological Vision.” Interpreting the Old Testament Theologically: Essays in Honor of Willem VanGemeren. Ed. Andrew T. Abernethy. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018, 43–56.

"'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 70.2 (2019): 523-45.

“Influential Old Testament Theologies.” Unio Cum Christo: International Journal of Reformed Theology and Life 5.1 (2019): 219–222.

“The Ruined Vineyard Motif in Isaiah 1–39: Insights from Cognitive Linguistics.” Biblica 99.3 (2018): 334–350.

“Is Psalm 8 a Messianic Psalm? Reading Psalm 8 as Christian Scripture.” Reformed Faith and Practice 2.3 (2017): 5–17.

"God as Teacher in Psalm 25." Vetus Testamentum 65.3 (2015): 339-51.

"The People of God in Isaiah: Trembling at God’s Word." Reflections 16-17 (2015): 27-36. [Festschrift for Eugene Carpenter]

"‘Right Paths’ and/or ‘Paths of Righteousness’? Examining Psalm 23.3b within the Psalter." Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 39.3 (2015): 299-318.

"Theological Patterning in Jeremiah: A Vital Word through an Ancient Book." Bulletin for Biblical Research 24.2 (2014): 149-61

 “Eating, Assyrian Imperialism, and God’s Kingdom in Isaiah.” Pages 35–50 in Isaiah and Imperial Context: The Book of Isaiah in the Times of Empire. Edited by Andrew Abernethy, Mark Brett, Tim Bulkeley, and Tim Meadowcroft.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013.

“Spirit and Future: A Canonical Approach.” Pages 321–45 in Presence, Power and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament. Edited by David G. Firth and Paul D. Wegner. Nottingham: Apollos, 2011. With Willem A. VanGemeren.

"Jonathan Edwards as Multi-Dimensional Bible Interpreter: A Case Study from Isaiah 40-55." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56.4 (2013): 815-30.