Dave lived in Lexington (KY) long enough to become a Wildcat fan (age 1), lived in Downers Grove (IL) long enough to become a Cubs fan (age 5), and lived in Ames (IA) long enough to learn how to walk beans and de-tassel corn (age 18).
As a young man, he went west to Stanford (CA), where he studied economics (BA), industrial engineering (MS), and Bible (in InterVarsity). He witnessed “The Play” where the Cardinal band came on the field after the Cal player’s knee hit the ground (before lateraling the ball). He served on staff with InterVarsity (1986-1999) at Claremont, Redlands (CA), and Penn (PA).
Against her better judgment, Shannon agreed to marry him (1991), and together they created Nathan and Noah. One can never have enough advanced degrees, so he got an MDiv (Fuller Seminary), an MPhil and DPhil (University of Oxford).
From 2006 to 2018, he taught Old Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary, but in October of 2018, he started teaching at Missio Seminary (because Biblical changed its name). He is now the Dean of the Faculty and the Allan A. MacRae Professor of Old Testament. He loves to give others a love for God’s word.
Dave has written six books:
The Emotions of God: Making Sense of a God Who Hates, Weeps, and Loves (Zondervan, 2022)
1-2 Kings in Story of God series (Zondervan, 2021). See also the audio and the video lecture series.
The Historical Writings: Introducing Israel’s Historical Literature (Fortress, 2016; co-authored with Mark Leuchter).
Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style (Zondervan, 2015).
God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? (InterVarsity, 2011, 2022). Translated into Korean and German.
Righteous Jehu and his Evil Heirs: The Deuteronomist’s Negative Perspective on Dynastic Succession (Oxford, 2007).
And contributed many articles to other books: click here.