Mark J. Boda
Professor of Old Testament
Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at what is now Ambrose University / Seminary in Calgary (formerly Canadian Bible College/Canadian Theological Seminary). A graduate of Cambridge University (Ph.D.), he has authored 12 books, edited 19 volumes of collected essays, and written over 100 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. He serves on the Committee on Bible Translation, responsible for the New International Version and is a past president of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and program secretary of the Institute for Biblical Research. Key areas of interest include Old Testament Theology, prayer and penitence in Old Testament and Christian Theology, Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets), Isaiah, Judges, and Psalms. Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today.
As an ordained minister, Mark enjoys preaching throughout Canada and the USA. He has extensive ministry experience as can be seen below.
Youth Pastor, Rexdale Alliance Church, Toronto, ON
Pastor, Flourtown Alliance Church, Philadelphia, PA
Shorter term ministry experience:
Overseas Missions Service, C&MA, Philippines
Church Growth Consultation, C&MA, Canada
Truro Alliance Church, Truro, NS
Drama ministry, Portrait Players, Western Canada
- History and Literature of the Persian Period (esp. Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)
- Prophetic Literature (esp. Isaiah, Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets)
- Penitential Prayer and Theology
- Old Testament Theology and Ethics
- Former Prophets: Judges
- Psalms and Septuagint
- Committee on Bible Translation (NIV)
- Zondervan Story of God Commentary Series (Associate Editor)
- Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Prophets (Co-editor)
- LXX Psalms (LXXC, Brill)
- Psalms (ICC, T. & T. Clark)
- Isaiah (Story of God, Zondervan)
- “Knowledge from Above: Revelatory Hermeneutics within Wisdom Literature,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (University of Regina, Regina, SK, May 2018).
- “Joyously Drawing from the Springs of Salvation: Praise as Structure and Goal of the Book of Isaiah.” Research Group: Old Testament Theology of Prayer Research Group, Institute of Biblical Research (Boston, MA, November 2017).
- “The Land is Unable to Endure All His Words: Perspectives on Land in the Book(s) of the Twelve,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Toronto, ON; Ryerson University, May 2017).
- with Phil Zylla, “A Catalytic Study of the Range of Emotion in Biblical Lament,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Bible and Practical Theology (San Antonio, TX, November 2016).
- “Towards a Hebrew Bible Theology: Taking the Bible’s Pulse,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Calgary, AB; University of Calgary, June 2016).
- “The Book of Haggai and the Twelve,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Book of the Twelve Prophets (Atlanta, GA, November 2015).
- “Digging Below the Surface of the Nocturnal Visions of Zechariah,” Paper: Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Ottawa, ON; University of Ottawa, June 2015).
- “Echoes of Salvation: Zechariah 8:1-13 as Capstone of the Haggai/Zechariah 1-8 Corpus,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature New England Regional (Andover Newton Theological School; Boston, MA, April 2015).
- “Jerusalem and Zion in Exile: Dual Identity in Diasporic Perspective,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Exile (Forced Migrations) in Biblical Literature Section (San Diego, CA, November 2014).
- “Romans in Biblical Theological Perspective,” Paper: Bingham Colloquium–Romans, McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, Ontario, June 2014)
- “A Deafening Call to Silence: The Rhetorical Role of Human Address to the Deity in the Book of the Twelve,” Presidential Address, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, May 2014)
- “Poethics? The Use of Biblical Hebrew Poetry in Ethical Reflection on the Hebrew Bible,” Paper: Society of Biblical Literature, Joint Session: Biblical Hebrew Poetry and Ethics and Biblical Interpretation (Baltimore, MD, November 2013).
- “The Heart of the Old Testament,” Hayward Lectureship, Acadia Divinity College (Wolfville, NS, October 2013). Watch online here.
- “Voicing in Isaiah 40 and the Unity of Isaiah,” Wheaton College Colloquium: The Genesis of the Book of Isaiah (Wheaton, IL, Sept 26-28, 2013)
- “In Order to Fulfil the Word of the Lord: The Impact of Haggai and Zechariah on Post-Exilic Historiography,” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting (St. Andrews, Scotland, July 2013).
- “Identity in Diaspora: Reading Daniel, Ezra-Nehemiah, Esther as Diasporic Narratives,” Paper: Bingham Colloquium–Rejected, McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON, June 2013).
- “Historiographical Reflections and the Relationship between History and Text,” and “Fusion through Flashback: Historiographic Techniques in Ezra-Nehemiah,” Papers delivered at the International Seminar and the Ezra-Nehemiah Seminar, Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel, May 2013)
- “The Use of Genesis Sibling Rivalry Traditions in Zechariah 9-14,” Paper: Convergence and Divergence in Pentateuchal Theory Conference: Bridging the Academic Cultures of Israel, North America and Europe, Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel, May 2013)
- “When God’s Voice Breaks Through: Shifts in Revelatory Rhetoric in Zechariah,” Paper: Bar Ilan University Conference (Tel Aviv, Israel, May 2013)
- “Word and Spirit, Prophets and Scribes: Discerning God’s Voice in a Sacred Text,” and “Reason and Revelation, Sages in Debate: Discerning God’s Ways in a Sacred World,” Murray W. Downey Memorial Lectureship, Ambrose University (Calgary, AB, February 12-13, 2013)
- Exploring Zechariah: Volume 1-The Development of Zechariah and Its Role within the Twelve (SBLANEM). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2017. (270 pages)
- Exploring Zechariah: Volume 2-The Development and Role of Biblical Traditions in Zechariah (SBLANEM). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2017. (322 pages)
- The Heartbeat of Old Testament Theology: Three Credal Expressions (Acadia Studies in Biblical and Theology). Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017. (240 pages)
- Zechariah (New International Commentary on the Old Testament). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016. (936 pages)
- “Return to Me”: A Biblical Theology of Repentance(New Studies in Biblical Theology 35). Leicster: Apollos; Downers Grove: IVPress, 2015. (232 pages)
- Judges(Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary 2:1043-1288: Numbers-Ruth). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012 (245 pages).
- 1-2 Chronicles (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary 5a). Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010 (456 pages). See online preview of Introduction. See review 1,review 2.
- A Severe Mercy: Sin and Its Remedy in the Old Testament (Siphrut: Literature and Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures 1). Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2009 (622 pages). See review.
- After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel according to David. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2007. (208 pages)
- Haggai, Zechariah (NIV Application Commentary). Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. (576 pages).
- Haggai and Zechariah Research: A Bibliographic Survey (Tools for Biblical Study). Leiden: Deo, 2003. (267 pages)
- Praying the Tradition: The Origin and Use of Tradition in Nehemiah 9(BZAW 277). Berlin: de Gruyter, 1999. (284 pages) See review. Online preview.
- Inner Biblical Allusion in the Poetry of Psalms and Wisdom(LHBOTS). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Kevin Chau, Beth Tanner. London: Bloomsbury. 2018. (208 pages)
- Riddles and Revelations: Explorations into the Relationship between Wisdom and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible(LHBOTS). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Russell Meek, William R. Osborne. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. (320 pages)
- The Book of the Twelve and the New Form Criticism (SBLANEM).Eds. Mark J. Boda, Michael Floyd, Colin Toffelmire. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2015. (366 pages)
- The Prophets Speak on Forced Migration (SBLAIL). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Frank Ames, John Ahn, Mark A. Leuchter. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2015. (238 pages)
- Why?…How Long?: Studies on Voice(s) of Lamentation Rooted in Biblical Hebrew Poetry (Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies). Eds. LeAnn Snow Flesher, Carol Dempsey, Mark J. Boda. London: Bloomsbury, 2014. (429 pages)
- The Words of the Wise are Like Goads: Engaging Qoheleth in the 21st Century.Eds. Mark J. Boda, Tremper Longman III, Cristian Rata. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013. (528 pages)
- Prophets, Prophecy and Ancient Israelite Historiography. Eds. Mark J. Boda, Lissa Wray Beal. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013. (412 pages)
- Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response(Society of Biblical Literature Ancient Israel and Its Literature). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Carol Dempsey, LeAnn Snow Flesher. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012. (440 pages)
- Let Us Go Up To Zion: Essays in Honour of H. G. M. Williamson on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday (Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 153). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Iain Provan. Leiden: Brill, 2012 (515 pages).
- Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets. Eds. Mark J. Boda and J. Gordon McConville. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012 (1000 pages).
- From the Foundations to the Crenellations: Temple Rebuilding Texts in the Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible (Alter Orient und Altes Testament 366). Eds. Mark J. Boda and Jamie Novotny. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag, 2010 (xxxviii + 627 pages).
- Translating the New Testament: Text, Translation, Theology (McMaster New Testament Series). Eds. Stanley E. Porter and Mark J. Boda. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009 (384 pages).
- Unity and Disunity in Ezra-Nehemiah: Redaction, Rhetoric, Reader (Hebrew Bible Monographs 17). Eds. Mark J. Boda and Paul L. Redditt. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2008. (384 pages) See preview.
- Seeking the Favor of God: Volume 3—The Impact of Penitential Prayer Beyond Second Temple Judaism (Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and Its Literature 23). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Daniel K. Falk, and Rodney A. Werline. Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2008 (324 pages).
- Seeking the Favor of God: Volume 2—The Development of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism (Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and Its Literature 22). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Daniel K. Falk, and Rodney A. Werline. Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007. (296 pages) See review. Online preview.
- Seeking the Favor of God: Volume I—The Origin of Penitential Prayer in Second Temple Judaism(Society of Biblical Literature Early Judaism and Its Literature 21). Eds. Mark J. Boda, Daniel K. Falk, and Rodney A. Werline. Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2006. (268 pages) See review. Online preview.
- Repentance in Christian Theology. Eds. Mark J. Boda, Gordon T. Smith. Collegeville: Liturgical Press—Michael Glazier, 2006. (425 pages) See review 1 and review 2. Online preview.
- Bringing Out The Treasure: Inner Biblical Allusion In Zechariah 9-14(Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplements 370). Eds. Mark J. Boda and Michael H. Floyd. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003. (395 pages) See review. Online preview.
Current Course List
|Living and Learning from the Psalms||Mark J. Boda||Fall||2020|
|Critical Studies in Prayer||Mark J. Boda||Fall||2020|
|Textual Traditions of the Old Testament*||Mark J. Boda||Winter||2021|
|Interdisciplinary Studies—Biblical Theology*||Mark J. Boda||Winter||2021|
|The Heartbeat Of Old Testament Theology: Three Creedal Expressions||Mark J. Boda||2017|
|Exploring Zechariah, Volume 1: The Development Of Zechariah And Its Role Within The Twelve (Ancient Near East Monographs)||Mark J. Boda||2017|
|Exploring Zechariah, Volume 2: The Development And Role Of Biblical Traditions In Zechariah (Ancient Near East Monographs)||Mark J. Boda||2017|
|The Book Of Zechariah||Mark J. Boda||2016|
|The Book Of The Twelve & The New Form Criticism||Mark J. Boda, Michael H. Floyd , Colin M. Toffelmire||2015|
|Return To Me: A Biblical Theology Of Repentance||Mark J. Boda, D.A. Carson||2015|
|Why? How Long? Studies On Voice(S) Of Lamentation Rooted In Biblical Hebrew Poetry||Mark J. Boda, Leann Snow Flesher, Carol J. Dempsey||2014|
|Prophets, Prophecy, And Ancient Israelite Historiography||Mark J. Boda, Lissa M. Wray Beal||2013|
|The Words Of The Wise Are Like Goads: Engaging Qoheleth In The 21st Century||Mark J. Boda, Tremper Longman III, Cristian Rata||2013|
|Daughter Zion: Her Portrait, Her Response||Mark J. Boda, Carol Dempsey, Leann Snow||2012|
|Dictionary Of The Old Testament: Prophets (IVP Bible Dictionary)||Mark J. Boda||2012|
|Let Us Go Up To Zion||Mark J. Boda||2012|
|1 And 2 Chronicles (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary)||Mark J. Boda||2010|
|From The Foundations To The Crenellations: Temple Rebuilding Texts In The Ancient Near East And Hebrew Bible||Mark J. Boda||2010|
|A Severe Mercy||Mark J. Boda||2009|
|Translating The New Testament: Text, Translation, Theology||Mark J. Boda, Stanley E. Porter||2009|
|Seeking The Favor Of God: Volume 3-The Impact Of Penitential Prayer Beyond Second Temple Judaism||Mark J. Boda||2009|
|Tradition In Transition: Haggai And Zechariah 1-8 In The Trajectory Of Hebrew Theology||Mark J. Boda||2008|
|Unity And Disunity In Ezra-Nehemiah: Redaction, Rhetoric, And Reader||Mark J. Boda||2008|
|Seeking The Favor Of God: Volume 2-The Development Of Penitential Prayer In Second Temple Judaism||Mark J. Boda||2007|
|After God's Own Heart: The Gospel According To David||Mark J. Boda||2007|
|Seeking The Favor Of God: Volume I-The Origins Of Penitential Prayer In Second Temple Judaism||Mark J. Boda||2006|
|Repentance In Christian Theology||Mark J. Boda||2006|
|Haggai, Zechariah (NIV Application Commentary)||Mark J. Boda||2004|
|Bringing Out The Treasure: Inner Biblical Allusion In Zechariah 9-14||Mark J. Boda||2003|
|Haggai & Zechariah Research : A Bibliographic Survey||Mark J. Boda||2003|
|Praying The Tradition: The Origin And Use Of Tradition In Nehemiah 9||Mark J. Boda||1999|