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Phil Long

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
BA (Wheaton), MDiv (Gordon-Conwell), PhD (Cambridge)

Phil Long served on Regent College’s faculty from 2000 to 2019, after having taught for fifteen years at Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri) and four years at the Freie Theologische Akademie in Germany. In addition to earning the degrees noted above, Prof. Long has studied at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His book publications include The Reign and Rejection of King Saul: A Case for Literary and Theological Coherence; The Art of Biblical History; the edited volumes Israel’s Past in Present Research and Windows into Old Testament History; the co-authored work, A Biblical History of Israel; and 1 and 2 Samuel in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary. He has published a number of scholarly and more popular articles and reviews, has served on a variety of translation projects (NLT, ESV, Message), and has contributed commentary notes in the ESV Study Bible, the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, the Gospel Transformation Bible, and the NIV Study Bible.

Phil Long is an ordained teaching elder in the PCA. He and his wife Polly have four children, four children-in-law, and eight grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman and angler, he also enjoys portrait and landscape painting.

Areas of expertise

  • The Books of Samuel
  • Biblical History & Historiography
  • Literary Approaches to the Old Testament
  • The Book of Joshua
  • Wisdom Literature
  • Biblical Interpretation & Hermeneutics
  • Archaeology

Media & Publications

  • 1 and 2 Samuel (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary) Book Publication
  • Looking Closely Article
  • The Reign and Rejection of King Saul: A Case for Literary and Theological Coherence Book Publication
  • A Biblical History of Israel (with Iain Provan and Tremper Longman) Book Publication
  • The Art of Biblical History Book Publication
  • Windows into Old Testament History Book Publication
  • Israel’s Past in Present Research Book Publication
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