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Dr James McKeown

FHEA BD (Hons) PhD

Dr James McKeown


James is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Board of the Institute of Theology, Queen’s University Belfast. James was Vice Principal of Belfast Bible College and lecturer in Old Testament for over 20 years. He left Belfast Bible College in 2009 in order to spend more time writing and teaching in Church settings. At present he teaches Old Testament Historical Books and Advanced Hebrew at Union Theological College and supervises postgraduate students.

For the last 6 years James has been a lecturer in the Irish Studies Programme of John Brown University, Arkansas. His interests include the Hebrew language and its application to understanding the Old Testament. He has written a number of articles on Old Testament studies and a commentary on Genesis in “The Two Horizons Old Testament Series” published by Eerdmans in 2008. A commentary on the book of Ruth in the same series was published in 2015. At present he is writing another commentary on Ruth for the revised Oxford Commentary.

As well as lecturing, James preaches regularly. His passion is to teach and preach in a way that explains the original context and cultural setting of the biblical text showing its relevance and power to change lives today.