Jonathan Greer

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory

Staff Positions

  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary / Bible, Religion & Ministry
  • Grand Rapids Theological Seminary / Administration


B.A. Messiah College

M.A. Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

M.A. Biblical Languages, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


About Jonathan

Greer’s research interests include Bible and archaeology; latter prophets; Israelite religion and history; and Ancient Near Eastern languages and cultures.

About GRTS, Greer said, "It is a great privilege and pleasure to serve at a place that takes seriously the academic study of the Bible while maintaining a profound understanding of the transforming power of what is learned and a desire to impact the world for the glory of the Lord."

Select Publications

2014 | "Was 'Israelite' Sacrifice Practiced at Tel Dan?" Invited contribution for The Bible and Interpretation. Ed. M. Elliott. Online academic site:

2013 | Dinner at Dan: Biblical and Archaeological Evidence for Sacred Feasts at Iron Age II Tel Dan. Culture and History of the Ancient Near East 66. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

2010 | "An Israelite Mizraq at Tel Dan?" Bulletin for the American Schools of Oriental Research 358: 27-45.

Select Reviews

2013 | A. Faust, The Archaeology of Israelite Society in Iron Age II (Eisenbrauns, 2012), in the Bulletin for  Biblical Research 23: 403-5.
2013 | W. Mierse, Temples and Sanctuaries from the Early Iron Age Levant (Eisenbrauns, 2012), in SBL's Review of Biblical Literature.
2009 | V. H. Matthews, Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods (Baker, 2007), in the Toronto Journal of Theology 25: 142-44.
2007 | J. H. Walton, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible (Baker, 2006), in the Toronto Journal of Theology 23: 206-208.

Select Presentations

2013 | "The Development of Traditions of the 'Priestly Portion' in the Hebrew Bible in Light of Recent Text-critical, Source-critical, and Archaeological Research." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting; Baltimore, MD.
2011 | "Archaeological Evidence for Sacrificial Feasting at Tel Dan." American Schools of Oriental Research National Meeting; San Francisco, CA.
2009 | "Sacrifice and Feasting at Tel Dan: Can We Develop Evidence? 'Bone Readings' and Data Mining from a Huge and Complex Sample," written with B. Hesse and P. Wapnish. American Schools of Oriental Research National Meeting; New Orleans, LA.
2008 | "An Unidentified Biblical mizraq? Drinking-Offering Bowls in the Ancient Near East and a Probable Example of an Israelite Iron II mizraq from the Levant." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting; Boston, MA.
2007 | "Drinking the Dregs of the Divine: Neo-Assyrian Libation Rituals and Israelite Religion." Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting; San Diego, CA.