James Edlin

 
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James O. Edlin

Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages

Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene

PhD; Old Testament Studies, 1985, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
ThM; Old Testament Studies, 1976, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
MDiv; Biblical Literature, 1975, Nazarene Theological Seminary
BA; Religion, 1972, MidAmerica Nazarene University

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“I have found Proverbs 3:5-6 to be true in my life. Though I frequently do not know the best paths to take in life, God has led me in directions I never dreamed possible. As I have trusted him, he has guided me.”

'Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.'"

—Dr. James Edlin

Awards & Honors
Publications
Presentations
Involvement at MNU

Awards & Honors

  • MNU Athletics Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Alpha Chi Donald Metz Award - Faculty Member of the Year for Distinctive Academic Contributions, 1995
  • Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, 1972

Publications

Books

  • Daniel: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition. New Beacon Bible Commentary. Beacon Hill Press, 2009. 
  • 1 Corinthians. Lectio Divina Bible Studies. Wesleyan Press and Beacon Hill Press, 2006.

Contributions to Books

  • "Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi," in Nahum-Malachi: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, New Beacon Bible Commentary. Beacon Hill Press, 2014.
  • Chapter "Preaching Daniel: Delivering Daniel from the Den of Distractions." The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture. Edited by Thomas Jay Oord and Richard P. Thompson. SacraSage Press. 2011.
  • Revised How We Got Our Bible, by Ralph Earle. Beacon Hill Press, 2010.
  • Chapters 10, 16 and 17 in Alex Varughese, ed. Discovering the Bible. Beacon Hill Press, 2006.
  • Chapters 18, 19, 20, 31, and 32 in Alex Varughese, ed. Discovering the Old Testament. Beacon Hill Press, 2003.
  • Introduction and Notes to Jeremiah and Lamentations, Reflecting God Study Bible, Zondervan Publishing House, 2000.
  • Questions for Genesis 41-50 with Jeanette Gardner, The Quest Study Bible. Zondervan Publishing House, 1994.
  • "Hostility to Hospitality Through Holiness," in Biblical Resources for Holiness Preaching edited by H. Ray Dunning. Nazarene Publishing House, 1993.
  • "Entire Sanctification," in The Maturing of a Christian edited by Stephen Miller (Nazarene Publishing House, 1990).

 

Articles

  • "The Period of the Judges," Illustrated Bible Life, Fall 2014
  • “The Angel of the LORD,” Illustrated Bible Life, Summer 2014.
  • "Enlivening Lifeless Religion: Lessons from Malachi," Holiness Today, September-October, 2011.
  • "Old Testament Allusions in Luke 19," Illustrated Bible Life, March-May, 2011.
  • "The Exodus Throughout History," Adult Faith Connection Leader's Guide, Word Action, September-November, 2011.
  • "Old Testament Allusions in Luke 19," Illustrated Bible Life, March-May, 2011.
  • “Home Sweet Home: The Promised Land,” Illustrated Bible Life, Summer 2010.
  • “Three Ways to Stop Feeling Invisible,” Holiness Today, January-February, 2010.
  • “When God Appears as a Human,” Illustrated Bible Life, Summer, 2008.
  • “A Jealous God,” Illustrated Bible Life, Spring 2007.
  • “The Mystery of God’s Sovereignty,” Holiness Today, February 2004.
  • “Isaiah in the New Testament,” Illustrated Bible Life, Winter 2003-2004.
  • “Nineveh the Great,” Illustrated Bible Life, Summer 2003.
  • Devotionals for January 6-12, Reflecting God, edited by Mark York, 2003.
  • “Prosperity Gospel in the Old Testament,” Illustrated Bible Life, Winter 2002-2003.
  • "Fire in the Bible," Illustrated Bible Life, Fall 2002
  • "Gods and their Nations," Illustrated Bible Life, Summer 2001
  • “Samuel-A Man in the Gap,” Illustrated Bible Life, August 2000.
  • Devotionals for January 10-16, Come Ye Apart, edited by Paul Martin, 2000.
  • “Coming From Another World,” Adult Word Action Series, September-November, 1998.
  • Devotionals for January 13-19, Come Ye Apart, edited by Paul Martin, 1997.
  • "Understanding the Offering of First Fruits," Illustrated Bible Life, November 1996.
  • "The Complaint Form for Ancient Israel - God's Gift for Troubled Times," Illustrated Bible Life, August 1996.
  • "About Dreams and Dreamers," Illustrated Bible Life, November 1994.

Sunday School Lessons:

  • “Beginnings: Genesis,” Lessons 1-5, Adult Faith Connection, Word Action Series, September-November, 2011.
  • “Jeremiah: Embracing Life,” Lessons 1-8, Adult Faith Connection, Word Action Series, September-November 2007.
  • "Roots: How the People of God Came to Be," Lessons 8-13, Adult Word Action Series, September-November 1997.
  • “Images of God in Ezekiel,” Lessons 1-8, Adult Faith Connection, Word Action Series, June-August 2006.
  • “Judgment and Restoration,” Lessons 8-13, Adult Word Action Series, June-August 2005.
  • "Ancient Words for a Modern World: Genesis," Lessons 1-3, Adult Word Action Series, September-November 1994.
  • "Marriage Customs in Old Testament Times," Illustrated Bible Life, March 1994.
  • "Prophets of Old Speak to a New Day," Lessons 4-8, Adult Word Action Series, December-February 1992-1993.
  • "Focus," Standard, September 1992.
  • Who Wrote the Book of Isaiah?" Illustrated Bible Life, January 1992.
  • "Who Wrote the Book of Isaiah?" Illustrated Bible Life, January 1992.
  • “Who Is the True Israel?” Illustrated Bible Life, January 1991.
  • "The Status of Israel at Joshua's Death," Illustrated Bible Life, October 1989.
  • "Getting Forgiveness in the Old Testament," Emphasis, November 1988.
  • "Taxes and Tax Collectors in Jesus' Day," Emphasis, September 1987.
  • "Casting Lots in Bible Times," Emphasis, August 1986.

Sunday School Lesson Commentary:

  • “Faith for Difficult Times,” Lessons 4-7, Illustrated Bible Life, December-February, 2009-10.
  • “Strangers in a Strange Land,” Lessons 7-10, Illustrated Bible Life, June-August, 2004.
  • “God is My Fortress,” Lessons 8-13, Illustrated Bible Life, September-November, 2003.
  • “Attributes of God,” Lessons 1-7, Illustrated Bible Life, December-February, 1999-2000.
  • “Disciplines of the Spiritual Life,” Lessons 5-9, Illustrated Bible Life, December-February, 1998-99.
  • “The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit,” Lessons 8 & 10, Illustrated Bible Life, December-February, 1997-98.
  • "Stories Worth Retelling -- Samuel, Kings," Lessons 1-8, Illustrated Bible Life, June-August, 1993.

Presentations

  • "Daniel's Response to World Religions," Wesleyan Theological Society, 2012.
  • "Preaching Daniel: Delivering Daniel from the Den of Distractions," The Bible Tells Me So Conference, 2011.
  • "How We Got Our Bible," M11 Conference Workshop, 2011.
  • "Preaching Daniel: Living in an Unfriendly World," MNU PALCON Workshop, 2010.
  • "Daniel in Moderation: Delivering Daniel from the Pit of Prognostication," MNU President's Breakfast Club, 2009.

Involvement at MNU

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