Mark A. Hassler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Before joining the VBTS faculty, Dr. Hassler served as Faculty Associate in Old Testament studies at The Master’s Seminary. He also taught courses in biblical Hebrew at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Dr. Hassler received his academic training at The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.) and Montana Bible College (B.A.). During the summers, he works as a member of the professional dig staff in the archaeological excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the proposed site of Ai in Joshua 7–8 and Ephraim in John 11:53–54. Dr. Hassler serves as the editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, and he is also a member of the Associates for Biblical Research and the Evangelical Theological Society. Please visit Dr. Hassler's Academia profile for more information. 

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Articles, Entries, and Papers
"The Testimony of Nebuchadnezzar: The Issues of Conversion and Authorial Intent
         in Daniel 4." Paper presented at the eastern regional meeting of the
         Evangelical Society, Lancaster, PA, April 1, 2017.
“The ‘Problem’ of Ai in Joshua 7–8: Solved after Nearly Forty Years of Excavation in the West Bank of
         Israel.” Paper presented at the southwest regional meeting of the American Schools of Oriental
         Research, Irving, TX, March 11, 2017.
“The Setting of Obadiah: When Does the Oracle Concerning Edom Transpire?” Journal of the
         Evangelical Theological Society 59, no. 2 (June 2016): 241-54.
“Babylon and the Eschaton: Should We Anticipate the Rise and Demise of an Actual City?”
         Paper presented at the Far West regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society,
         San Diego, April 15, 2016.
        The Master’s Seminary Journal 27, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 33–44.
“The Setting of Obadiah.” Paper presented at the national meeting of the Evangelical
         Theological Society, Atlanta, November 19, 2015.
         Seminary Journal 26, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 221–29.
“Intertextuality and the Setting of Psalm 46.” Paper presented at the Far West regional
         meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Riverside, CA, April 10, 2015.
Lexham Bible Dictionary. S.v. “Camel,” “Jethro,” “Mount Ebal,” “Old Testament,” and
         “Winnowing Fork.” Edited by John D. Barry. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software,    
Book Reviews
Review of Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches; A Volume in  
          Honor of Craig A. Blaising, edited by D. Jeffrey Bingham and Glenn R. Kreider.
Review of Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook, by Richard 
Review of The Rapture and Beyond: God’s Amazing Plan for the Church, Israel, and the
          Nations, rev. ed., by John C. Whitcomb. Southwestern Journal of Theology 59, no. 1
Review of The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research, 3rd ed., by Emanuel
          Tov. Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 49 (2016): 138–39.
          S. Heiser. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59, no. 2 (June 2016): 361–
          Prophets, by James D. Nogalski. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 34, no. 1
          (Spring 2016): 98–100.
Review of The Cultural World of the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Manners and Customs, 4th  
          ed., by Victor H. Matthews. The Master’s Seminary Journal 27, no 1 (Spring 2016): 95–
Review of Jerusalem: The Temple Mount, by Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer. Bible and Spade 29,
          no. 1 (Winter 2016): 28.
Review of Invitation to the Septuagint, 2nd ed., by Karen H. Jobes and Moisés Silva. TC: A
          Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 21 (2016): n.p.
Review of Abraham: The Story of a Life, by Joseph Blenkinsopp. Journal of the Evangelical
          Theological Society 58, no. 4 (December 2015): 813–15.
          M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58,
          no. 4 (December 2015): 803–4.
Review of A Commentary on Exodus, by Duane A. Garrett. Journal for Baptist Theology and
          Ministry 12, no. 2 (Fall 2015): 57–58.
Review of The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction, 2nd ed., by Victor H.
          Matthews. Journal of Theological Studies 66, no. 1 (April 2015): 313–15.
Review of For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship, by Daniel I. Block.
          The Master’s Seminary Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 147–48.
Review of Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook, by Gary V. Smith.
          Journal of Dispensational Theology 19, no. 56 (Spring 2015): 88–89.
Review of Joshua 1–12 and Joshua 13–24, 2nd ed., by Trent C. Butler. Criswell Theological
          Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 161–63.
Review of Messiah’s Coming Temple: Ezekiel’s Prophetic Vision of the Future Temple, rev. ed.,
          by John W. Schmitt and J. Carl Laney. Journal of Ministry and Theology 19, no. 1
          (Spring 2015): 156–58.
Review of Revelation, by Paige Patterson. The Master’s Seminary Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring
          2015): 157–59.
Review of What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible,
          edited by Jason S. DeRouchie. Criswell Theological Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 2015):
Review of Engaging the Christian Scriptures: An Introduction to the Bible, by Andrew E.
          Arterbury, W. H. Bellinger Jr., and Derek S. Dodson. Journal of the Evangelical
          Theological Society 58, no. 1 (March 2015): 165–67.
Review of The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica, 3rd ed., by
          Ernst Würthwein, revised by Alexander Achilles Fischer, translated by Erroll F. Rhodes.
          Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 48 (2015): 171–73.
Review of Galatians, by Douglas J. Moo. The Master’s Seminary Journal 25, no. 2 (Fall 2014):        
Review of Obadiah: The Kingship Belongs to YHWH, by Daniel I. Block. The Master’s Seminary
Review of Preaching Christ from Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney
          Greidanus. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 32, no. 2 (Autumn 2014): 223–25.
Review of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary, rev. ed., edited by Tremper Longman III and
          David E. Garland, vol. 2, Numbers to Ruth. Journal of the Evangelical Theological
          Society 57, no. 3 (September 2014): 595–98.
Review of Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, 2nd ed., by Walter C.
          Kaiser Jr. The Master’s Seminary Journal 25, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 113–14.
Review of Studies in the Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Old
          Testament Text Project, by Dominique Barthélemy, translated by Stephen Pisano, Peter    
          A. Pettit, Joan E. Cook, and Sarah Lind. The Master’s Seminary Journal 25, no. 1
          (Spring 2014): 97–99.
Review of Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient
          Near Eastern Armies, by Boyd Seevers. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old  
          Testament 3, no. 2 (2014): 254–56.
Theses and Dissertations
“Isaiah 13:1–14:27: The Babylonian Tyrant and the Morning Star.” Th.D. diss., The Master’s    
          Seminary, 2013.
          [Since 1970 researchers have produced seven dissertations on Isaiah 13–14. When
          does the prophecy concerning Babylon receive its fulfillment? This textual, exegetical,
          and theological study determines the timing of the fulfillment in light of the historical
          record and the related visions. Special attention goes to the enigmatic identities of the
          Babylonian dictator (14:4), the Rephaim (v. 9), and the “morning star, son of the
          dawn” (vv. 12–14).]
“The Suffering Servant’s Substitution (Isaiah 49–57): Using Logical Block Diagramming as a
          Tool for Visualizing Exegetical Cruxes.” Th.M. thesis, The Master’s Seminary, 2010.