John E. Hartley, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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John E. Hartley, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Azusa Pacific Seminary (formerly the Graduate School of Theology). A founding member of the graduate school, he has served APU for 40 years. Hartley’s main goal is to teach students methods of interpretation so they may become confident interpreters of Scripture. In his research, Hartley has done extensive work in word studies and biblical theology. He has studied in Israel on five occasions, and his travels also have taken him to Egypt, Jordan, Italy, and Greece. In addition to being widely published, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Wesleyan Theological Society.


  • Ph.D., Brandeis University
  • M.A., Brandeis University
  • B.D., Asbury Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Greenville College

Academic Area

  • Azusa Pacific Seminary


  • Inductive Bible Study Methods
  • Old Testament Interpretation
  • The Book of Job
  • The Book of Leviticus
  • The Gospel of John

Courses Taught

  • GBBL 511 – Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
  • GBBL 521 – People of God
  • GBBL 531 – Kingdom of God
  • UBBL 320 – Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
  • UBBL 430 – Johannine Literature

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 3–4:10 p.m.

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