Julia M. O’Brien


Dr. Julia M. O’Brien

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Address555 West James Street
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Chair in Old Testament Studies Professor of Old Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary

B.A., Wake Forest University, 1981
M.Div., Duke,, 1984
Ph.D., Duke University, 1988

Julia M. O’Brien is Paul H. and Grace L. Stern Professor of Old Testament at Lancaster Theological Seminary, where she has taught since 1997.

Dr. O’Brien received her B.A. in religion from Wake Forest University in 1981. She earned her M.Div from Duke Divinity School in 1984, and her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Duke University in 1988, where her areas of study included the history and archeology of the Old Testament, as well as Judaism and Literary Criticism.

Dr. O’Brien specializes in the prophetic literature of the Old Testament. She is the author of a commentary on Nahum for Sheffield Academic Press (2001) and a commentary on Nahum through Malachi in the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series (2004). Her most recent book, Challenging Prophetic Metaphor, was released by Westminster John Knox Press (2008). Julia writes regularly for Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and journals on other prophets as well. She is interested in issues of violence and how Christians might ethically and respectfully respond to the “difficult” parts of the Bible.

Areas of Interest

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament



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