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John Meade, PhD

Professor of Old Testament
Director of ThM Program
Director of Text & Canon Institute

Dr. Meade joined the Phoenix Seminary Faculty in 2012. He teaches courses in Hebrew Language, Old Testament Literature, Greek Language and Literature, and Biblical Theology. His research interests include Origen’s Hexapla, the Septuagint, Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the Canon of Scripture, and Biblical Theology. He also presents papers at scholarly meetings such as the Evangelical Theological Society, the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He and his wife have four kids and attend Trinity Bible Church where he also serves as small group leader and Sunday School teacher. When he is not researching, he enjoys adventures with his family in the National Parks and on hikes in northern AZ.


The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, PhD

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv

Columbia International University, BA



The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018 (coauthor Edmon L. Gallagher).

Articles and Chapters

“The Septuagint and the Biblical Canon.” Pages 207–228 in T&T Clark Handbook of Septuagint Research. Edited by William A. Ross and W. Edward Glenny. London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2021.

“Myths about Canon: What the Codex Can and Can’t Tell Us.” Pages 253–77 in Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism. Edited by Elijah Hixson and Peter J. Gurry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2019.

“Was there a ‘Septuagint Canon’?” Didaktikos 1.3 (2018): 40–2. [Blog edition on the Logos Academic Blog]

Articles on Masoretic Text, Septuagint, and the Hexapla in The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media. Edited by Tom Thatcher, Chris Keith, Raymond Person, and Elsie Stern (London: T & T Clark / Bloomsbury, 2017).

An Analysis of the Syro-Hexapla of Job and Its Relationship to Other Ancient Sources.” Aramaic Studies 14.2 (2016): 212–41.

The Meaning of Circumcision in Israel: A Proposal for a Transfer of Rite from Egypt to Israel.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 20.1 (2016): 35–54.

The Significance of Ra 788 for a Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job.” Pages 109–31 in XV Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies: Munich, 2013. Edited by W. Kraus, M. Meiser, and M. van der Meer. SBLSCS 64, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2016.

Several articles on the Hexapla in The Textual History of the Bible, vols. 1B and 1C. Edited by Armin Lange and Emanuel Tov (Brill, online version, 2015; print version, 2016–2017).

“Circumcision of the Flesh to Circumcision of the Heart: The Developing Typology of the Sign of the Abrahamic Covenant.” Pages 127–158 in Progressive Covenantalism: Charting a Course between Dispensational and Covenant Theologies. Edited by Stephen Wellum and Brent Parker. Nashville: B & H, 2016.

Circumcision of the Heart in Leviticus and Deuteronomy: Divine Means for Resolving Curse and Bringing Blessing.” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 18.3 (2014): 59–85.

“Evaluating Evaluations: the Commentary of Biblia Hebraica Quinta and the Problem of holelot in Ecclesiastes 1:17.” In Sophia-Paideia. Miscellanea di studi in onore del Prof Don. Mario Cimosa. A cura di Gillian Bonney e Rafael Vicent (Nuova Biblioteca di Sienze Religiose 34). Roma: Libreria Ateneo Salesiano, 2012 (coauthor Peter J. Gentry).

Popular Writing

No, Nicaea Didn’t Create the CanonThe Gospel Coalition, August 24, 2020.

Did Jesus Read the ESV?ink 6 (2020): 20–23.

The resurrection really happened: textual criticism and EasterSouthern Equip, April 10, 2020.

Where Text and Canon Meet: An Interview with John Meade and Peter GurryLogos Academic Blog, April 4, 2019.

The Origins of the Reformation BibleOxford University Press Blog, January 24, 2018; with Ed Gallagher.


John blogs at Evangelical Textual Criticism and can be followed on Twitter @drjohnmeade.

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