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Paul S. Evans

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Paul joined the faculty at McMaster Divinity College in 2009 after teaching Biblical Studies for three years at Ambrose University and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta. Paul specializes in Old Testament studies and in his teaching and research emphasizes the theological significance of the Old Testament and the value of its application for the Church today. In July 2018 Paul’s commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel was published in the Story of God series by Zondervan. Paul’s earlier work includes a monograph entitled The Invasion of Sennacherib in the Book of Kings: A Source-Critical and Rhetorical Study of 2 Kings 18-19, which was awarded the 2010 R.B.Y. Scott Award by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies recognizing an outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East. Paul also co-edited a volume on the book of Chronicles entitled Chronicling the Chronicler which was published by Eisenbrauns in 2013. In addition Paul has many research articles in print, with most focussed on the historical books of the Old Testament, with a recent essay  appearing in the Journal of Biblical Literature 136.4 (2017): 749-764. Many of Paul’s articles are accessible through Academia.edu

See the interview about Paul’s recent commentary on Samuel here: https://www.bestbiblecommentaries.com/2018/11/19/question-answer-paul-evans-samuel/


Practical Ministry Experience:

Paul was raised in British Columbia, a pastor’s son, and acquired a passion for the Bible early in life. Before teaching at the university level, he previously served in pastoral ministry in both Alberta and Ontario and continues to be enthusiastic about the Church and its mission. Paul frequently preaches in local churches in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area.


Current Research:
  • The historical reconstruction of late eighth and early seventh century Judah and its recovery from the Assyrian invasions
  • Orality Studies and the Chronicler


Biblical Commentary 1-2 Samuel. Story of God Commentary. Zondervan, 2018.


Co-Edited Volume Chronicling the Chronicler: TheBook of Chronicles and Early Second Temple Historiography. Eisenbrauns, 2013.

Monograph The Invasion of Sennacherib in the Book of Kings: A Source-Critical and Rhetorical Study of 2 Kings 18-19. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 125. Leiden: Brill,  2009. 


University of St. Michael's College
Toronto, ON
Wycliffe College
Toronto, ON
North American Baptist College
Edmonton, AB

Current Course List

Course Title Instructors Term Year/Month Days
Research Methods Paul S. Evans Fall 2020
Old Testament Synoptic Traditions Paul S. Evans Fall 2020
Biblical Wisdom* Paul S. Evans Winter 2021
Biblical Interpretation* (DPT) Cynthia Long Westfall Winter 2021
Biblical Interpretation* (MA/PhD) Cynthia Long Westfall Winter 2021
Women in the Old Testament Paul S. Evans Summer 2021

Recent Publications

Title Professor Name Year
chronicling the chronicler book cover Chronicling The Chronicler: The Book Of Chronicles And Early Second Temple Historiography Paul S. Evans, Tyler F. Williams 2013