Dr. Craig Bowman

Professor of Old Testament

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.A., Pepperdine University
B.A., University of California

School: School of Theology and Ministry
Office: Muirhead 124
Phone: (248) 218.2143
Email: cbowman@rc.edu



  • Beginning and Intermediate Hebrew
  • Advanced Hebrew Readings I & II
  • Genesis
  • Theology of the Old Testament Prophets
  • Old Testament Major Prophets
  • Old Testament Minor Prophets
  • Old Testament Poetic Literature
  • Old Testament Wisdom Literature
  • Biblical Archaeology: Theory, Method, and Context
  • Archaeology of Biblical Tamar in Israel (Fieldwork)
  • Pentateuch
  • History and Theology of the Old Testament
  • Contemporary Issues in Hermeneutics
  • Survey of Biblical Literature
  • Non-canonical Writings of Early Judaism
  • Senior Seminar
  • MREML graduate OT online: Yahweh and Israel in Covenant Community
  • MREML graduate OT online: Prophetic Critique and Vision for Renewal



  • Stipend to participate in Teaching Research and Information Technology Fluency workshop at Calvin College, July 14-16, 2003.
  • Christian Scholarship Foundation, one-year doctoral fellowship award, 1992-93, 1993-94.
  • George S. Green Fellowship for Doctoral Study in Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990-91.
  • Henry Snyder Gehman Award in Old Testament (Hebrew), Princeton Theological Seminary, 1988.
  • President’s Award for Graduate Study in Religion, Pepperdine University, 1977-80, 1983-85.
  • Society of Biblical Literature, member 1986—present
  • American Schools of Oriental Research, member 2003—present



  • Co-Director of the Archaeological Dig at Biblical Tamar, Israel (2003—present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis, Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, Michigan, teaching M.Div. level Advanced Introduction to Old Testament (summer intensive 2006) and Beginning and Intermediate Hebrew (2006-07, 2008-09, 2012-13).
  • Visiting Professor, Institute for Theology and Christian Ministry, University of Saint Petersburg, Russia (August 2005; May 2008), teaching Old Testament Exegesis and Theology courses on the books of Daniel, Hosea, Joel, and Amos.
  • Summer Visiting Professor, Pepperdine University, Religion Division (July 2001).
  • Manager for Faculty Training in Technology, Pepperdine University, Seaver Technology Group (1999-2000).
  • Manager of Academic Project Design, Pepperdine University, Information Resources (1995-99).
  • Adjunct Professor, Pepperdine University (1995-2000).
  • Visiting Instructor, Pepperdine University (1993-95).
  • Teaching Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary (1990-93)



Dr. Bowman, RC Old Testament professor, and wife Patti, receptionist for Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, have three adult children living across the country in Chicago, Eugene, and Mission Viejo.  Now 12-year residents of Michigan, Patti and Craig are proud that their kids are 4th generation native-Californians.

Craig is a life-long nationally-ranked swimmer, three-time Ironman triathlete, and blood cancer survivor.  He actively participates as a cyclist in LiveStrong cancer fund-raising events.  He also volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which promotes awareness and advocacy “aimed at government decision-makers, in order to influence and shape federal and state policies that accelerate the development of new treatments and enhance access to quality, affordable health care for patients living with blood cancers” (LLS.org).

In Fall 2011, Craig returned to full-time teaching, which generated a period of intense, creative productivity and renewed archaeological research.  He seeks the necessary funding to complete in May 2013 the Iron Age II phase of the Biblical Tamar dig in Israel, also intending to publish the long-awaited final excavation report through the Israel Antiquity Authority.  The Rochester College GEO trip to Israel and Jordan has been one of the highlights of Craig’s teaching career.



  • “At the Edge of Edom: New Finds from Iron Age En Hazeva,” forthcoming in Near Eastern Archaeology, with R. Mark Shipp, Terrance Christian, and Yigal Israel.
  • Commentary and textual notes for Psalms 11-15 and 18 in Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today: A Psalter with Commentary—Psalms 1-20, R. Mark Shipp, editor, Austin: Christian Studies Press, 2008.
  • Review of I and II Kings: A Commentary, Old Testament Library, Marvin A. Sweeny, for Stone-Campbell Journal, 2008.
  • “Renewed Excavations at En Hazeva (Tamar), 2005-2007,” a joint multimedia presentation at the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Diego (2007; with Mark Shipp and Terrance Christian).
  • “Yahweh, A Lion against Zion? (Isaiah 31:4-5),” a paper presented at the Christian Scholar’s Conference hosted by Rochester College for the Churches of Christ (2007). Also, Generative Leader for two Old Testament sessions for 5 presentations at this conference. Paper also presented at the Society of Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego (2007) in the Formation of the Book of Isaiah program unit.
  • Review of Hebrew Inscriptions: Texts from the Biblical Period of the Monarchy with Concordance, F.W. Dobbs-Allsopp, J.J.M. Roberts, C.L. Seow, and R.E. Whitaker, for Restoration Quarterly, 2007.
  • “Reading the Twelve as One: Hosea 1-3 as an Introduction to the Book of the Twelve (The Minor Prophets),” Stone-Campbell Journal, Spring 2006.
  • “Hosea 1-3 and Rhetorical Strategies for Reading the Book of the Twelve,” a paper presented at the Society of Literature Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (2005) in the Book of the Twelve Seminar.
  • Review of From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile by James VanderKam, for Stone-Campbell Journal, 2005.
  • Review of The Suffering Servant: Isaiah 53 in Jewish and Christian Sources, Bernd Janowski and Peter Stuhlmacher, eds., for Restoration Quarterly, 2005.
  • “Hosea 1-3 as an Introduction to the Book of the Twelve,” a paper presented at the Stone-Campell Journal Conference, Cincinnati (2005). Published in Spring 2006 issue.
  • “Hosea 1-3 and Rhetorical Strategies for Reading the Book of the Twelve,” a paper presented at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society – American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Wheeling, West Virginia (2005).
  • “More Than Routine Words: A Reflection on Psalm 100,” Christian Studies 20 (2004): 29-32.
  • “Living in Hosea,” in Preaching the Eighth Century Prophets, David Fleer and Dave Bland, eds. Abilene: ACU Press, 2004, 95-118.
  • Review of The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph Klein, M. Patrick Graham, Steven L. McKenzie, and Gary N. Knoppers, eds., for JBL/RBL, 2004.
  • “Jeremiah: Compelled by the Word and Presence of Yahweh,” Leaven, 12 (2004): 197-201.
  • “The Spirit of God in the Ministry of the Old Testament Prophets,” Leaven, 12 (2004): 128-35.
  • Review of Old Testament Ethics by John Barton, for JBL/RBL, 2003.
  • Review of To What End Exegesis? Essays Textual, Exegetical, and Theological by Gordon Fee, for JBL/RBL, 2003.
  • “Living in Hosea 1-3,” 6th Annual Rochester College Sermon Seminar (2003).
  • “O Melchizadek, Who Art Thou Among Priests and Kings? Pepperdine University Bible Lectures (2003).
  • Calvin College Conference on The Dead Sea Scrolls: An Academic Conference in Honor of Emanual Tov, Grand Rapids (2003).
  • “Prophetic Grief, Divine Grace: The Marriage of Hosea,” Restoration Quarterly 43 (2001): 229-242.
  • “O Lord, Thou God of Vengeance . . . Shine Forth” (Psalm 94:1) Difficult Texts in Psalms, Series, Pepperdine University Annual Bible Lectures (1999).
  • “Just Another Day?: Psalm 94 Revisited,” unpublished paper presented at the Society of Biblical Literature, Pacific Coast Regional Meeting, San Francisco (1999).
  • “4Q503, Daily Prayers;” “4Q507-9, Prayers for Feasts” with Dennis Olson, in The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations, Vol. 4A, Pseudepigraphic and Non-Masoretic Psalms and Prayers, J.H. Charlesworth, ed. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997.
  • “Job’s Humble Reply: Is the Question Really the Answer?” Difficult Texts in Job, Series, Pepperdine University Annual Bible Lectures (1996); published in Leaven 4 (1996): 43-48.
  • “The Qumran Festival Prayers: Replacement for Sacrifice?” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Kansas City (1991).
  • “Attharias, Azaru, Beltethmus, Masiah, Pharakim, Sarothie, Sisinnes, Subas, and Zarius,” Anchor Bible Dictionary, six entries on names related to the restoration of Israel, 1992.
  • “8QHymn, A Hymn” with Jim Mueller in The Dead Sea Scrolls: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Texts with English Translations, Volume 5, Thanksgiving Hymns and Related Documents, J.H. Charlesworth, ed. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming.