About the Author
John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years. Some of Walton's books include The Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis 1, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, The Essential Bible Companion, Genesis
(NIV Application Commentary) and The IVP Bible Background Commentary
(with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas). Walton's ministry experience includes church classes for all age groups, high school Bible studies and adult Sunday school classes, as well as serving as a teacher for "The Bible in 90 Days." He currently teaches a class on Christian doctrine to sixth graders at Glen Ellyn Bible Church. John and his wife, Kim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three adult children.
Victor H. Matthews is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri). He has written several books on the Old Testament, including Manners and Customs in the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Life in Bible Times, (with James Moyer) The Old Testament: Text and Context
and (with Don C. Benjamin) The Social World of Ancient Israel
Mark W. Chavalas is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin--La Crosse. He is also editor of Emar: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age,
(with John L. Hayes) New Horizons in the Study of Ancient Syria
and (with K. L. Younger Jr.) Syria-Mesopotamia and the Bible.