Faculty

Mark A. Hassler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Mark A. Hassler is associate professor of Old Testament at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the VBTS faculty, Dr. Hassler served as faculty associate in Old Testament studies at The Master’s Seminary. He also taught courses at Capital Seminary and Graduate School. Dr. Hassler is the editor of the Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal established in 1958. During the summers, he works as a member of the professional dig staff in the archaeological excavation of Shiloh in the central hill country of Israel. Previously, he functioned in the same capacity at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the proposed site of Ai in Joshua 7–8. Dr. Hassler received his academic training at The Master’s Seminary (Ph.D., Th.M., and M.Div.) and Montana Bible College (B.A.). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Near East Archaeological Society, and the Associates for Biblical Research. Please visit Dr. Hassler’s Academia profile for more information.

Bibliography


  
 
 
Books
Forthcoming. Hassler, Mark. Hebrews. New Testament Exposition Commentary 15. Schaumburg, IL:
          Regular Baptist Press.
 
2017. Stripling, Scott. The Trowel and the Truth: A Guide to Field Archaeology in the Holy Land. 2nd
          ed. Ramona, CA: Vision. [Edited by Mark A. Hassler]
 
 
Articles & Papers
2017a. "Daniel 4 and the Testimony of Nebuchadnezzar: How the Emperor Persuades the Nations to
          Submit to the Most High God." Bible and Spade 30, no. 3 (Summer 2017): 60–65.
 
2017b. “The ‘Problem’ of Ai in Joshua 7–8: Solved after Nearly Forty Years of Excavation in the West
          Bank of Israel.” Coauthored with Scott Stripling. Bible and Spade 30, no. 4 (Winter): in press.
 
2017c. “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.
 
2017d. “The Testimony of Nebuchadnezzar: The Issues of Conversion and Authorial Intent in Daniel
          4.” Paper presented at the Eastern Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society,
          Lancaster, PA, April 1, 2017
.
 
2016a. “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.
 
2016b. “The Identity of the Little Horn in Daniel 8: Antiochus IV Epiphanes, Rome, or the Antichrist?”
          The Master’s Seminary Journal 27, no. 1 (Spring): 33–44.
 
2016c. "The Setting of Obadiah: When Does the Oracle Concerning Edom Transpire?" Journal of the
          Evangelical Theological Society
59, no. 2 (June 2016): 241–54.
 
2015a. “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.
 
2015b. “Isaiah 14 and Habakkuk 2: Two Taunt Songs against the Same Tyrant?” The Master’s
          Seminary Journal
26, no. 2 (Fall): 221–29.
 
2015c. “The Setting of Obadiah.” Paper presented at the 67th National Meeting of the Evangelical
          Theological Society, Atlanta, November 19, 2015.
 
2012. Lexham Bible Dictionary. Edited by John D. Barry. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. S.vv.
          “Camel,” “Jethro,” “Mount Ebal,” “Old Testament,” and “Winnowing Fork.”
 
 
Book Reviews
2016–17. Review of Exploring Our Hebraic Heritage: A Christian Theology of Roots and Renewal, by
          Marvin R. Wilson. Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 5 (2): 200–202.
 
2017a. 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. The Master’s Seminary
          Journal
28, no. 1 (Spring)
: 97–99.
 
2017b. Review of He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God, by Michael J.
 
2017c. Review of How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to
          Theology, by Jason S. DeRouchie. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60, no. 3
          (September): 599–602.
 
2017d. Review of Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook, by Richard A. Taylor.
          The Master’s Seminary Journal 28, no. 1 (Spring): 104–6.
 
2016a. 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): 95–96.
 
2016b. Review of Interpreting Prophetic Literature: Historical and Exegetical Tools for Reading the
          Prophets
, by James D. Nogalski. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 34, no. 1 (Spring): 98–
          100.
 
2016c. Review of Invitation to the Septuagint. 2nd ed., by Karen H. Jobes and Moisés Silva. TC: A
          Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism
21:n.p.
 
2016d. Review of Jerusalem: The Temple Mount, by Leen and Kathleen Ritmeyer. Bible and Spade
          29, no. 1 (Winter): 28.
 
2016e. 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 (Fall): 101–
          3.
 
2016f. Review of The Text-Critical Use of the Septuagint in Biblical Research. 3rd ed., by Emanuel
          Tov. Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 49: 138–39.
 
2016g. Review of The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible, by
          Michael S. Heiser. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 59, no. 2 (June): 361–63.
 
2015a. Review of Abraham: The Story of a Life, by Joseph Blenkinsopp. Journal of the Evangelical
          Theological Society
 58, no. 4 (December): 813–15.
 
2015b. Review of A Commentary on Exodus, by Duane A. Garrett. Journal for Baptist Theology and
          Ministry
12, no. 2 (Fall)
: 57–58.
 
2015c. Review of Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity. Edited by Edwin M.
          Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson. Vol. 1, A–Da. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58,
          no. 4 (December): 803–4.
 
2015d. 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): 165–67.
 
2015e. 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): 147–48.
 
2015f. 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): 313–15.
 
2015g. Review of Interpreting the Prophetic Books: An Exegetical Handbook, by Gary V. Smith.
          Journal of Dispensational Theology 19, no. 56 (Spring): 88–89.
 
2015h. Review of Joshua. Vol. 1, 1–12. Vol. 2, 13–24. 2nd ed. by Trent C. Butler. Criswell Theological
          Review
12, no. 2 (Spring): 161–63.
 
2015i. 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): 156–
          58.
 
2015j. Review of Revelation, by Paige Patterson. The Master’s Seminary Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring):
          157–59.
 
2015k. 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
48:171–73.
 
2015l. 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): 163–65.
 
2014a. 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): 595–98.
 
2014b. Review of Galatians, by Douglas J. Moo. The Master’s Seminary Journal 25, no. 2 (Fall): 125–
          26.
 
2014c. 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): 113–14.
 
2014d. Review of Obadiah: The Kingship Belongs to YHWH, by Daniel I. Block. The Master’s
          Seminary Journal
25, no. 2 (Fall)
: 108–10.
 
2014e. Review of Preaching Christ from Daniel: Foundations for Expository Sermons, by Sidney
          Greidanus. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 32, no. 2 (Autumn): 223–25.
 
2014f. 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): 97–99.
 
2014g. 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
          (2)
: 254–56.
 
 
Theses and Dissertations
2013. “Isaiah 13:1–14:27: The Babylonian Tyrant and the Morning Star.” Ph.D. diss., The Master’s
          Seminary. 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” (v. 12).
 
2010. “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.