Michael Williams

Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor in Old Testament Studies

Phone: (616) 957-6033

Email: mwilliam@calvinseminary.edu

Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor in Old Testament Studies

B.A. (Columbia Bible College, 1985)
M.A.R. (Westminster Theological Seminary, 1987)
Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, 1999)

Michael Williams first felt the call to intense study of the Bible while he served in the United States Navy. It was during his time on a submarine that he experienced the grace of God in a deep and personal way. This produced in him a desire for concentrated study the Bible in order to know this gracious God better. Michael’s teaching career has taken him to Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and now Calvin Theological Seminary. He has also had the opportunity to teach for short periods at St. Julian’s center in Kenya, Donetsk Regional Theological College in Ukraine, and Warsaw Biblical Seminary in Poland. One of Michael’s gifts is his capacity for languages. He is proficient in seven ancient and medieval languages (Biblical Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek; Akkadian; Ugaritic; Sumerian; and Arabic), and reads French, German, and modern Hebrew.

Michael teaches classes in Bible, Hebrew, Old Testament, and the ancient Near East.

“My primary goal at Calvin Theological Seminary is to equip students with knowledge of the Old Testament and its languages so that they may grow in their comprehension and appreciation for redemptive history and be adequately prepared to promote and defend the Reformed faith through their words and actions as they serve their neighbors in thankfulness to God.”

Michael is married and enjoys reading, drawing, and hiking.

He is the author of Deception in Genesis: A Comprehensive Analysis of a Unique Biblical Phenomenon, The Prophet and His Message: Reading Old Testament Prophecy Today, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic: A Concise Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon; and is editor and contributor of Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and Its Cultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigay. Michael has also written numerous articles on Old Testament topics in various reference works and academic journals.

Speaking topics

Old Testament:

The Forgotten Prophets (any of the twelve Minor Prophets)

Those Mysterious Prophets: Applying Prophetic Principles to the Church

Wisdom and Her Children: A Study of Biblical Wisdom

Jesus in the Old Testament (any Old Testament book)