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Eric Ortlund


Eric Ortlund, PhD


Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew

Theological education is crucial for gospel ministry, not just so that ministers can be informed, but so that they can be shaped through-and-through to both teach and live out the gospel."

Eric was born in California, but as the son of a preacher, he moved around a lot. He fell in love with the Old Testament in seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked on a doctorate in it at Edinburgh University. Before coming to Oak Hill, he taught for ten years at Briercrest College and Seminary in Canada.

Eric teaches Hebrew and Old Testament and especially enjoys teaching Isaiah, the Psalms, and guiding students through first year Hebrew. His research interests focus on Isaiah and Job, and especially how these books can deepen Christian discipleship and sharpen Christian ministry.

Some representative pieces include 'Five Truths for Sufferers from the Book of Job', and 'Laboring in Hopeless Hope: Encouragement for Christians from Ecclesiastes' (both in Themelios), as well as commentaries on Esther and Malachi in the forthcoming ESV Bible Expositional Commentary series.

Eric is married to Erin and has two children, Kate and Will. When he is not teaching, he enjoys playing with his children, taking walks, writing fiction, and watching kung fu films.


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