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 a member of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, and he is also Associates for Biblical Research and the Evangelical Theological Society. Please visit Dr. Hassler's Academia profile for more information.
Dr. Hassler can be reached by email at
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.
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,
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
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
Jerusalem: The Temple Mount, by Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer. Bible and Spade 29,
no. 1 (Winter 2016): 28.
Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 21 (2016): n.p.
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.
The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World: An Introduction, 2nd ed., by Victor H.
Journal of Theological Studies 66, no. 1 (April 2015): 313–15.
For the Glory of God: Recovering a Biblical Theology of Worship, by Daniel I. Block.
Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook, by Gary V. Smith.
Journal of Dispensational Theology 19, no. 56 (Spring 2015): 88–89.
Joshua 1–12 and Joshua 13–24, 2nd ed., by Trent C. Butler. Criswell Theological
Review 12, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 161–63.
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.
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):
Arterbury, W. H. Bellinger Jr., and Derek S. Dodson.
Journal of the Evangelical
Theological Society 58, no. 1 (March 2015): 165–67.
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.
Preaching Christ from Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney
Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 32, no. 2 (Autumn 2014): 223–25.
David E. Garland, vol. 2,
Numbers to Ruth. Journal of the Evangelical Theological
Society 57, no. 3 (September 2014): 595–98.
Mission in the Old Testament: Israel as a Light to the Nations, 2nd ed., by Walter C.
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
(Spring 2014): 97–99.
Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient
Theses and Dissertations
“Isaiah 13:1–14:27: The Babylonian Tyrant and the Morning Star.” Th.D. diss., The Master’s
[Since 1970 researchers have produced seven dissertations on Isaiah 13–14.
does the prophecy concerning Babylon receive its fulfillment? This textual, exegetical,
and theological study determines the timing of the fulfillment in light of the
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.
Contact Mark Hassler
757-479-3706 ext. 321 Education B.A., Montana Bible College M.Div., The Master's Seminary Th.M., The Master's Seminary Ph.D., The Master's Seminary Ministry Experience Professor, Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, 2016-Present Editor, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, 2016-Present Faculty Associate, The Master's Seminary, 2010-2016. Adjunct Professor, Capital Seminary and Graduate School, 2015-present. Adjunct Professor, Foothill Institute for Theological Training, 2008-09. Deacon & Bible Study Leader, Grace Community Church, 2005-present