Tremper Longman III

Tremper Longman

Distinguished Scholar of Biblical Studies
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Dr. Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College.  He earned a B.A. in Religion at Ohio Wesleyan University, an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern studies from Yale University. 

Tremper has authored or co-authored over twenty books and written numerous articles.  A number of these works are interdisciplinary.  His Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation (Zondervan, 1987); Complete Literary Guide to the Bible (contributor and co-editor along with Leland Ryken; Zondervan, 1993) and numerous articles approach the study of the Bible through literary criticism. 

He also co-authors books with the psychologist Dan Allender (Bold Love [NavPress, 1991]; Cry of the Soul [NavPress, 1994], Intimate Allies [Tyndale House Publishers, 1995], Bold Purpose (Tyndale House Publishers, 1997]), a church curriculum called The Intimate Mystery of Marriage (InterVarsity Press,2005), and most recently Breaking the Idols of Your Heart: How to Navigate the Temptations of Life (IVP, 2007).

His interest in history and historiography is expressed in A Biblical History of Israel [co-authored with Iain Provan and Phil Long; Westminster John Knox, 2003]). He has also written commentaries on Song of Songs (Eerdmans), Ecclesiastes (Eerdmans), Daniel (Zondervan), Nahum (Baker), Proverbs (Baker), Jeremiah and Lamentations (Hendrickson), and Job (Baker).  He has written Introducing the Old Testament (Zondervan, 2012) for laypeople as well as a seminary level textbook Introduction to the Old Testament (with R. Dillard, 2nd edition; Zondervan, 2006).  For InterVarsity Press, he has produced four books: How to Read Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, and How to Read Genesis, and How to Read Exodus. He co-edited and wrote articles for The Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry and Writings (IVP). In addition, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation and has served as a consultant on other popular translations of the Bible including the Message, the New Century Version, and the Holman Standard Bible. One of his most recent publication is The Expanded Bible: New Testament (along with Mark Strauss and Dan Taylor), a next generation Amplified Bible.

Tremper and Alice have three sons.  Tremper IV works for the Carrier Division of United Technologies as a marketing analyst and has two daughters, Gabrielle and Mia.  Timothy is an antitrust lawyer working for Paul Hastings in Washington D.C.  Andrew is a financial advisor with Citigroup Gold in Washington, D.C.  He is married to Tiffany (Love) Longman, and they are both graduates of Pepperdine.  For fun, Tremper watches movies to relax and for exercise, he plays squash.


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