Marvin A. Sweeney

Professor of Hebrew Bible A.B., University of Illinois; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

Dr. Sweeney specializes in Hebrew Bible studies with a particular focus on prophetic literature. He is especially interested in biblical theology, literary-critical methodologies, ancient exegesis of biblical texts, and the interrelationship between religion and politics in both the ancient and modern worlds.

In addition, he teaches courses in the history of Judaism and Jewish thought. He is currently writing a commentary on Isaiah 40-66 (FOTL, Eerdmans), an Introduction to the Pentateuch (Abingdon), a two-volume study of Jewish Mysticism (Eerdmans), and a two-volume commentary on Jeremiah (Illuminations; Eerdmans).

He is Vice-President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (2013-15), Professor of Tanak (Bible) at the Academy for Jewish Religion California (2000-present), and formerly Underwood Visiting Professor of Divinity at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2011).


A.B. – University of Illinois
M.A. – Claremont Graduate University
Ph.D. – Claremont Graduate University

Post-doctoral Study – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Recent Publications / Achievements

Reading Prophetic Books: Form, Intertextuality, and Reception in Prophetic and Post-Biblical Literature (Mohr Siebeck, 2014);


Reading Ezekiel: A Literary and Theological Commentary

(Smyth and Helwys, 2013);


Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible

(Fortress, 2012);


Reading the Hebrew Bible after the Shoah: Engaging Holocaust Theology (Fortress, 2008)

I and II Kings: A Commentary (Westminster John Knox, 2007)

The Prophetic Literature (Abingdon, 2005)