John Yeo

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Yeo serves as assistant professor of Old Testament. His primary interests lie within Old Testament interpretation and Biblical Theology. His current work deals with making the Old Testament and its theology accessible to pastors and laypersons from exegetical and expositional analyses of the biblical text. He is preparing to publish three chapters (“Ruth,” “Samuel,” and “The Old Testament and Historical Criticism,”) for a forthcoming edited volume entitled, An Expositional Introduction to the Old Testament, which is scheduled to be published by Crossway books in 2015. Dr. Yeo is also concerned with recent evangelical appropriations of contemporary methods of Old Testament historical criticism. His published dissertation, Plundering the Egyptians: The Old Testament and Historical Criticism at Westminster Theological Seminary (1929-1998), examines and documents the changing trajectory of evangelical Old Testament scholarship at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) from an anti-critical stance towards an open, integrationist position. Concurrently, Dr. Yeo is passionate about safeguarding the evangelical doctrine of Scripture as it relates to the Bible’s divine inspiration and inerrancy. His most recent article defends the historicity and inerrancy of Genesis 1–3 entitled, “Recent Challenges to the Doctrine of Inerrancy: Peter Enns and ‘Myth’ in Genesis 1– 3,” which is slated to be published by Crossway Books in 2013 as a part of a festschrift volume for Dr. David F. Wells. 

Dr. Yeo received his education from Biola University (B.A. Christian Education), Westminster Seminary California (M.A. Biblical Studies), Fuller Theological Seminary (Th.M. Old Testament) where he wrote his thesis under the tutelage of Dr. John Goldingay, and the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto (Ph.D. Old Testament). Prior to coming to SWBTS, he was assistant professor of Old Testament and Academic Dean at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, where he served for five years. Dr. Yeo also ministered to youth and college students for ten years as well as serving as an assistant and interim pastor in the Northern Virginia and Southern California areas. He and his family are now currently attending Hanuri Korean Church (SBC) in Carrollton, TX.

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