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Buzz Brookman


Professor, Old Testament & Hebrew

Departments: School of Biblical & Theological Studies
Office: Miller Hall #259


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., University of Minnesota

Professional Experience:

  • Professor, North Central University, 1978-present
  • Visiting Professor, 2002 Southwest University- Nanchong, China
  • Visiting Professor, 2000 Addis Ababa Bible College Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Visiting Professor, 1999 Sofia Bible Institute Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Adjunct Professor, 1996-97 Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Visiting Professor East Africa School of Theology- Nairobi, Kenya Spring Semester, 1997
  • Faculty Associate, 1995-96, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Adjunct Lecturer, 1994-95 Dept. of Classical & Near Eastern Studies University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow, 1990-91 Dept. of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Dr. Buzz Brookman teaches courses in Archaeology, Old Testament and Hebrew.  His Ph.D. is in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota. He is a former Andrew Mellon Faculty Fellow at Harvard University where he taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. He has wide-ranging interests in antiquity, culture, and languages.

Professional Memberships:

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Schools of Oriental Research

Selected Publications and Papers Presented:

  • Orange Proverbs & Purple Parables. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015.
  • “Where is Bethsaida? The Heart of an Archaeological Puzzle” SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting April, 2015.
  • Review: Malachi: A Handbook on the Hebrew Text, 2012.
  • Mapping the Metaphorical World: The Case of Psalm 1” SBL Annual Meeting Nov, 2012.
  • “The Cuneiform Collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts,” Cuneiform Digital Library Journal 2012:1.
  • Global Scenes of Biblical Injustice. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2011.
  • “Interfaith Jousting Over Psalm 2: Jewish Interpretations in Light of the Polemics with Christians” SBL Annual Meeting Nov, 2011.
  • “Jews and Christians in the 1st Century: Threads of Insight from minor Midrashim” SBL Annual Meeting Nov, 2010.
  • “The Odyssey of Language Learning,” in Brenneman, Brookman & Muhovich (eds.) Java & Justice: Journey in Pentecostal Missions Education. Minneapolis: North Central University Press, 2006.
  • Grinding the Face of the Poor: A Reader in Biblical Justice. Minneapolis: North Central University Press, 2006.
  • Java & Justice: Journey in Pentecostal Missions Education. Minneapolis: North Central University Press, 2006.
  • “Atargatis, Athbash, Book, Ephlal” in Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, et al, eds., New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible Volume I (Nashville, TN.: Abingdon Press, 2006).
  • Review: Between Text and Artifact: Integrating Archaeology in Biblical Studies, 2004.
  • “Ezra,” in Dictionary of World Biography: The Ancient World eds. Frank Magill and Christina J. Moose. London: Taylor & Frances, 2003.
  • Texts and Fragments,” Journal of Cuneiform Studies, Vol. 38 No. 2 (Autumn 1986) 246-252.

Grants and Fellowships

  • 1990-91 Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow – Harvard University
  • 1986 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant – Travel to Collections

Offices Held in Professional Societies

  • President Upper Midwest Region of SBL (1995-97)
  • Vice President Upper Midwest Region of SBL (1993-95)