John Noble, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Theology

(317) 955-6573
Oldenburg Hall, Room 111



John T. Noble has served as associate professor of theology at Marian University since 2019. He holds Ph.D. and A.M. degrees from Harvard University, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, with a focus on Hebrew Bible. His primary research area is in the literature and theology of the Pentateuch, including A Place for Hagar’s Son: Ishmael as a Case Study in the Priestly Tradition (Fortress, 2016), and a current commentary project on Leviticus with Baker Academic.


  • B.A. Taylor University (Sociology and Biblical Literature), 1998
  • M.Div. and M.A. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Biblical Languages), 2005
  • Ph.D. and A.M. Harvard University (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), 2013

Courses taught

  • THL 105: Introduction to Theology
  • THL 226: Old Testament
  • THL 625: The Psalms

Research interests

  • Pentateuch
  • Priestly Literature
  • Leviticus
  • Intersection of the Bible and the Qur’an

Selected publications

  • “Did Hagar Give Ishmael up for Dead? Gen 21:14–21 Revisited.” Co-authored with J. Gerald Janzen. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44 (2020): 517-531.
  • A Place for Hagar’s Son: Ishmael as a Test Case in the Priestly Tradition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.
  • “Cultic Prophecy and Levitical Inheritance in the Elijah-Elisha Cycle.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (2016): 45-60.
  • "Perception and Prosopagnosia in Mark 8.22–26.” Co-authored with Brian Glenney. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 37 (2014): 71-85.
  •  “Another Demand for a King: Women in the Narrative of David’s Rise.” Pages 181-98 in In the Wake of Tikva Frymer-Kensky. Eds. S. Holloway, J. Scurlock, and R. Beal. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2009.

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