faculty

William Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies
(805) 565-6167

Office Location

Porter Center 9

Office Available

Tuesday: 9:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. and by appointment

Specialization(s)

Old Testament

Biography/Details

The Rev. William Nelson is Professor of Old Testament. He teaches the Life and Literature of the Old Testament course, as well as Biblical Hebrew and various upper-division courses in Old Testament studies. A graduate of Westmont, Dr. Nelson earned an M.A. from the Institute of Holy Land Studies, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His areas of expertise are Biblical Languages (Hebrew and Aramaic), Old Testament History, and Old Testament Theology. He has published several entries in the Oxford Companion to the Bible, co-edited an anthology of ancient Near Eastern texts, and is currently working on a commentary on Daniel for the New International Biblical Commentary series. In addition to teaching at Westmont, Professor Nelson is a Retired Chaplain of the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force and is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lompoc.The Rev. Dr. Nelson graduated from Westmont, earned a master’s degree at the Institute of Holy Land Studies and a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and completed a doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Harvard University. His areas of expertise include biblical languages (Hebrew and Aramaic), Old Testament history, and Old Testament theology. He has published several entries in the Oxford Companion to the Bible, co-edited an anthology of ancient Near Eastern texts, and is working on a commentary on Daniel. A retired Air National Guard chaplain, he is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Lompoc.