Dr. John A. Cook

Dr. John A. Cook

Associate Professor of Old Testament


  • Psalms and Biblical Poetry
  • Biblical wisdom literature
  • Ezekiel and minor prophets
  • Hebrew and cognate languages


  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute, 1990
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1992
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002

Dr. John A. Cook came to Asbury in 2007 from Eisenbrauns, an academic publisher specializing in the ancient Near East and biblical studies, where he served as acquisitions editor. Prior to that, Dr. Cook was on faculty at Asian Theological Seminary in the Philippines from 1993 to 1996, and he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Wisconsin (Madison and Milwaukee campuses), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Wheaton College, and Grace College.

Dr. Cook’s goal is to instill in students a life-long habit of reading and meditating on God’s Word out of the conviction that the world of the text interprets the world outside the text. Dr. Cook regularly teaches the Introduction to Old Testament course, and exegesis courses on the book of Psalms, on wisdom literature (Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes), and occasionally on Ezekiel or the minor prophets. He also teaches Biblical Aramaic.

His current projects include Biblical Hebrew: An Illustrated Introduction (co-authored with Robert D. Holmstedt), which is used for introductory Biblical Hebrew at Asbury, a handbook on Biblical Aramaic (Baylor), contributions to Bible software (Accordance), and research on the poetry of Psalms.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Wilmore and have four sons. He and his family enoy hiking, bicycling, geocaching, playing football and just hanging out together. He also enjoys working on classic Volkswagens.


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