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John C. Holbert

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John C. Holbert was born in Indiana, raised in Arizona, and educated in Iowa and Texas, receiving a Ph.D. in the Hebrew Bible in 1975. He has been a local church pastor in Louisiana, professor of religion at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, and was Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He retired from this faculty position in May, 2012. John is married to Diana, a retired minister of the United Methodist Church. They have two children: a son, Darius, and a daughter, Sarah. John has extensive vocal solo experience, having sung in musicals, opera, and oratorio. Darius has sung with the Texas Boys' Choir, and is now a studio musician in Los Angeles, writing for film and TV. He and John have written an opera, based on the book of Job, entitled “Job’s Truth.” Sarah lives in Los Angeles where she works for the ABC Channel. John has authored eleven books and many articles in scholarly and church journals. He was the editor for the Psalms and Canticles material of the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. He has also served as Interim Senior Minister of two large United Methodist churches, 1st UMC in Fort Worth in the Fall of 1994 and 1st UMC, Dallas, in the spring of 1997. He has preached and taught in over 1000 churches in 40 states and 20 countries. In 2007, he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University. His first novel, King Saul, was published in 2014.

Opening The Old Testament

On Having More Than Enough: Reflections on Exodus 16:2-15

This mode of living, enough for today, "our daily bread," as a later prophet asked us to pray, is nothing less than YHWH's Torah. How are you passing the test? Read More »

Victory at Sea: Reflections on Exodus 14:19-31 in this "Season of Creation"

God is working on us at this very moment to turn us toward the healing of the planet, the 'tikkun olam' of Judaism, "a healing of all." Read More »

Narrative Ritualized...but Pay Attention! Reflections on Exodus 12:1-14

What can we Christians learn from this peculiarly intrusive ritual text concerning the Passover? Read More »

You Are a God Who Hides Yourself: Reflections on Exodus 3:1-15

God's so-called revelation at the burning bush is that God's name may not be known, and Moses and we must learn to live with that. Read More »

Pharaoh Goes Bonkers, or the Stupidity of a Tyrant: Reflections on Exodus 1:8 -- 2:10

It is always far easier to play the tyrant than it is to be God's people. Read More »

Revenge is Sweet? Reflections on Genesis 45:1-15

Yes, revenge is sweet, but like all sweet things it is, in the end, not very good for you. Read More »

Recent Articles

On Having More Than Enough: Reflections on Exodus 16:2-15

This mode of living, enough for today, "our daily bread," as a later prophet asked us to pray, is nothing less than YHWH's Torah. How are you passing the test? Read More »

Victory at Sea: Reflections on Exodus 14:19-31 in this "Season of Creation"

God is working on us at this very moment to turn us toward the healing of the planet, the 'tikkun olam' of Judaism, "a healing of all." Read More »

Narrative Ritualized...but Pay Attention! Reflections on Exodus 12:1-14

What can we Christians learn from this peculiarly intrusive ritual text concerning the Passover? Read More »

You Are a God Who Hides Yourself: Reflections on Exodus 3:1-15

God's so-called revelation at the burning bush is that God's name may not be known, and Moses and we must learn to live with that. Read More »

Pharaoh Goes Bonkers, or the Stupidity of a Tyrant: Reflections on Exodus 1:8 -- 2:10

It is always far easier to play the tyrant than it is to be God's people. Read More »

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