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Bruce Kenneth Waltke, religious studies educator. President Evangelical Theological Society, 1976—1977; Member of Society Biblical Literature.


Waltke, Bruce Kenneth was born on August 30, 1930 in West New York, Nj. Son of Henry George and Louise Waltke.


He received an A.B. from Houghton College, a Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.


He has held professorships in the Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He was co-editor for the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, and he was the Old Testament editor for the Expositor's Bible Commentary series, the New Geneva Study Bible, and the Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible. Waltke has travelled widely as a Bible expositor, as an area supervisor for excavations at Gezer, Israel, and as the director of field study trips to the Middle East and the Classical world.

A festschrift entitled The Way of Wisdom: Essays in Honor of Waltke (Zondervan, 2000. ) was edited by J. I. Packer and Sven K. Soderlund. However, the RTS chancellor, Ric Cannada, later stated that this was not the case and that Waltke had submitted his resignation without solicitation.

Waltke himself clarified things "Ric's acceptance of my resignation has only added to the emotional turmoil. I have received letters from many quarters condemning RTS for his action. In fact, I was asked to be interviewed about my resignation on ABC News with Diane Sawyer! Of course, I refused because I am certain it would have been spun to reflect negatively on RTS and the church.

I find no fault with the RTS administration. In fact, I think they did the right thing." Waltke now serves as an Anglican priest at an ACNA parish in Washington.


  • Waltke's books include Intermediate Hebrew Grammar, Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, Finding the Will of God, Creation and Chaos, and commentaries on Proverbs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament, 2 vols), Micah (Tyndale Commentary Series), and with C. J. Fredricks Genesis (Zondervan 2001, ), which was a winner of the 2002 Gold Medallion Book Award. He wrote An Old Testament Theology: An Exegetical, Canonical, and Thematic Approach, which received an ECPA Christian Book Award in 2008.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (biblical studies) An Old Testament Theology (Evangelical Christian Publishers Gold Medal, 2002).


In April 2010, news reports emerged alleging that Waltke was asked to resign his professorship at the Reformed Theological Seminary because he advocated that evolution and Christianity were compatible in a video on the Biologos Foundation's website.


He has served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, was on the translation committee of the New American Standard Bible and New International Version, and is an honorary member of the committee responsible for Today's New International Version.


Married Elaine Marilyn Smith, August 29, 1953. Children: Suzanne Gail, Stephen Bruce Giannini, Henry Jonathan.

Henry George

Louise Waltke

Elaine Marilyn Smith

Suzanne Gail Waltke

Stephen Bruce Giannini Waltke

Henry Jonathan Waltke