John M. Monson, PhD

Faculty Since 2008

Associate Professor

Old Testament and Semitic Languages


BA, Wheaton College
MA, Institute of Holy Land Studies
MA, PhD, Harvard University


Dr. Monson was born to missionary parents in Zaire but spent most of his youth in Jerusalem, Israel, where he developed an interest in biblical studies, archaeology, and historical geography. Prior to coming to Trinity he taught for eleven years at Wheaton College, where he received the Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching. His archaeological fieldwork has taken him to Syria, Lebanon, and numerous excavations in Israel.

Selected Publications

Dothan I: Remains from the Tell (1953-1964), co-editor, (Eisenbrauns, 2005) 

1 Kings in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary 

The Temple of Solomon (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Affiliations & Achievements

  • Member, Evangelical Theological Society
  • Member, The Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member, National Association of Professors of Hebrew