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Michael Heiser, Ph.D.

Academic Editor, Logos Bible Software

mheiser@logos.com

Mike earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He also holds an MA in ancient history from the University of Pennsylvania (ancient Israel and Egyptology studies) and an MA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (Hebrew Studies). Mike”s undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University; he also attended Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as Bible college for three years.

Mike can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, among them Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel”s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature.

Mike”s current focus is on Logos Mobile Education courseware and producing academic content. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson contributes directly to the company”s goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Mike has an active ministry to people whose worldview is molded by occult, paranormal, and esoteric beliefs. He observed that many who have adopted “alternative” worldviews were formerly traditional theists and Christians who left the faith when their questions on difficult passages and topics went unanswered, or when spiritual leaders failed to address experiences they had had. Mike seeks to fill these gaps as a Christian scholar, and has become well known in these circles through writing, speaking, and numerous radio appearances.

Mike is originally from Lebanon, PA. He and his wife, Drenna, married in 1987, and have four children.

Articles by Michael Heiser

  • “Divine Council,” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
    (Intervarsity Press, 2012).
  • “Chaos and Death,” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
    (Intervarsity Press, 2012).
  • “Destruction,” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets
    (Intervarsity Press, 2012).
  • “Does Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible Demonstrate an Evolution from Polytheism to Monotheism in Israelite Religion?” Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 1:1 (2012): 1–24.
  • “The Divine Council,” Lexham Bible Dictionary (May 2011).
  • “The Image of God,” Lexham Bible Dictionary (May 2011).
  • “Should אלהים (ʾelōhîm) with Plural Predication be Translated “Gods”? Bible Translator 61:3 (July 2010): 123–136.
  • “Did Jesus Allow for Reincarnation? Assessing the Syntax of John 9:3–4,” Scandinavian Evangelical E-Journal for New Testament Studies 1 (2010): 1–14.
  • “Divine Council,” in the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Wisdom, Poetry, and Writings (Intervarsity Press, 2008).
  • “Angels and Angel-Like Beings: Greco-Roman Literature,” in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Verlag Walter de Gruyter, 2009).
  • “Does Deuteronomy 32:17 Assume or Deny the Reality of Other Gods?” Bible Translator 59:3 (July 2008): 137–145.
  • “Monotheism, Polytheism, Monolatry, or Henotheism? Toward an Assessment of Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible” Bulletin of Biblical Research 18:1 (2008): 1–30.
  • “Deuteronomy 32:8 and the Sons of God,” Bibliotheca Sacra 158:629 (January-March 2001): 52–74.
  • "The Mythological Provenance of Isaiah 14:12–15: A Reconsideration of the Ugaritic Material," Vetus Testamentum LI:3 (Fall 2001).

Conference papers by Michael Heiser

  • “Jesus” Quotation of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34: A Different View of John”s Theological Strategy,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; Chicago, IL; 2012.
  • “The Name Theology of Israelite Religion,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; San Francisco, CA, 2011.
  • “Does Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible Demonstrate an Evolution from Polytheism to Monotheism?” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; San Francisco, CA, 2011.
  • “Divine Plurality in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 2011.
  • “Jesus” Quotation of Psalm 82:6 in John 10:34: A Different View of John‘s Theological Strategy,” Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 2011.
  • “What Is/Are (an) Elohim?” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • “Should the Plural Elohim of Psalm 82 be Understood as Gods or Human Beings?” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • “Their Valley”, “Your Strength”, or “the Anakim”? An Explanation and Defense of LXX Enakim in Jeremiah 47:5 (LXX 29:5) and 49:4 (NETS LXX 30:4; Rahlf”s 30:20),” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; New Orleans, LA, 2009.
  • “Decision Making in Yahweh”s Heavenly Council: A Contribution to the Open Theism Debate,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society;
    New Orleans, LA, 2009.
  • “Beth Essentiae in Biblical Hebrew,” Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; Tacoma, WA, 2009.
  • “The Concept of a Godhead in the Old Testament,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society; Providence, RI, 2008.
  • “Elohim with Plural Predication in the Hebrew Bible,” Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature; Newberg, OR, 2008.
  • “Thinking Clearly About the Jesus Family Tomb,” Annual Meeting of the Near East Archaeological Society, San Diego, CA, 2008.
  • “Did Jesus Allow for Reincarnation? Assessing the Syntax of John 9:3–4” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego, CA, 2008.
  • “Anthropomorphisms in P,” Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature; May 4–6, 2007; Lethbridge, Alberta.
  • “New Implementations of Digital Resources for the Study of the Language and Literature of Ugarit”; Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature,
    Washington, DC, 2006.
  • “You”ve Seen One Elohim, You”ve Seen Them All? A Critique of Mormonism”s Use of Psalm 82,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society,
    Washington, DC, 2006.
  • “Are YHWH and El (Elyon) Separate Deities in Deut. 32:8–9 and Psalm 82?”; International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature,
    Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2006.
  • “Advances in Hebrew Syntax Database Technology as a Tool for Biblical Theology,” International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature,
    Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2006.
  • “Monotheism, Polytheism, Monolatry, or Henotheism? Toward an Honest Assessment of Divine Plurality in the Hebrew Bible,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philadelphia, PA; November, 2005.
  • “Yahweh, the Sons of God, and the Monogenes Son of God, Yahweh”s Hypostatic Vice Regent: The Divine Council of Israelite Religion as the Foundation of High Christology and Heterodox Christologies,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philadelphia, PA; November, 2005.
  • “Isaiah 40–66 and Deuteronomy 4 and 32: Implications for the Rhetoric of Monotheism,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA; November, 2003.
  • “The Baal Cycle as Backdrop to Daniel 7: An Old Testament Rationale for Jewish Binitarianism,” Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA; November, 2003.
  • “The Divine Council in the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Annual Meeting of the Near East Archaeological Society, Danvers, MA; November, 1999.
  • “The Mythological Provenance of Isaiah 14:12–15: A Reconsideration of the Ugaritic Material,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature,
    Boston, MA; November 1999.