Robert Mullins, PhD


Professor, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

Phone: (626) 815-5378

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, Duke 245

Robert A. Mullins, PhD, came to APU after spending a number of years in Israel. His interests encompass the fields of archaeology, history, geography, and biblical studies in an effort to better understand the world of the Ancient Near East. Mullins has worked on several archaeological excavations, most notably at Beth-Shean (1 Samuel 31:10; 1 Kings 4:12) and Tel Rehov in the Jordan Valley. His publications over the years include entries in the Anchor Bible Dictionary and Encyclopedia Judaica. His latest work is Atlas of the Biblical World (Fortress Press), coauthored with Mark V. Hoffmann. Other publications include “The Late Bronze Age” with Eli Yannai in The Ancient Pottery of Israel and Its Neighbors (Israel Exploration Society, 2015) and Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989-1996, Volume II: The Middle and Late Bronze Age Strata in Area R (Israel Exploration Society, 2008), written and coedited with project director Amihai Mazar of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mullins is on the Board of Trustees for the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), and on the editorial board of Antiguo Oriente, published by the Catholic University of Argentina. His public speaking engagements have included seminars for the Biblical Archaeology Society and for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. As part of his passion to excite students about the world of the Bible, Mullins has led student trips to Israel, and is codirecting the archaeological excavations of Abel Beth Maacah, a biblical site located 4.5 miles west of Tel Dan and 1.2 miles south of Metulla on Israel’s northern border with Lebanon.


  • PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Graduate Studies, Jerusalem University College
  • MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • BA, Southern California College

Academic Area

  • School of Theology


  • Geography
  • Biblical Studies
  • Archaeology

Courses Taught

  • HEBB 200 – Hebrew I
  • HEBB 201 - Hebrew II
  • HEBB 300 – Intermediate Hebrew
  • HEBB 455 – Hebrew Readings
  • UBBL 100 – Exodus/Deuteronomy
  • UBBL 310 - The Rise of the King: I and II Samuel
  • UBBL 350 - Biblical Lands and Cultures
  • UBBL 351 - Near Eastern Archaeology
  • UBBL 352 - Field Archaeology
  • UBBL 450 – Old Testament World
  • UBBL 470 – The Religious Development of Israel
  • UBBL 498 – Directed Research
  • UBBL 351 - Near Eastern Archaeology
  • UBBL 352 - Archaeological Field Excavation